Thursday, October 30, 2014
For some crazy reason I had it in my head that it was a YA Paranormal. How could I have been so wrong and misguided?!
It's an historical fiction romance. I'm not sure it falls under the regency category because of the time period, but it's not far off.
Complications abound from the start for our heroine, Sophy, an illegitimate daughter of a wealthy gentleman. And then one small lie as an adult to an innocent family creates even further duress for her. Still, even trapped in a web of her own making, Sophy finds love and more than one man she can share her life with. As a girl with spunk knows, she can find her own way and make her own path, even if it's not the one everyone expects. I love a heroine who is strong and knows her own mind.
It is a sparkling well crafted cast Ms. Fixsen has created for our literary enjoyment. Everyone has something that makes them unique and she's not afraid to put us in their skin, think their thoughts, and worry for each heart she introduces. There are no 'throw away' characters in this book as you crave to know more about each one she introduces, no matter how minor.
As it's a period peace and dealing with the gentry set, it is a clean romance, free of language and sex. A story of a lower class would breed some of that, but not here.
The pacing is steady and drives you home to the end. You'll not want to put it down. Plenty of twists, turns, and of course a Cinderella ending. That's what romance readers want and Ms. Fixsen doesn't disappoint.
Oh, and I should mention it's wonderfully researched and full of the flavor of that era.
Now, grab your copy and get lost in a world of ball gowns and coats.
Truth or dare?
Good English families all have a house in the country with a deer park, a trout stream, and an army of gardeners. They should have a son and if it can be managed, he should be handsome. Cleverness isn’t important. Daughters in limited quantities are fine so long as they are pretty. Bastards are inconvenient and best ignored. It's not a big problem, unless you are one.
Unfortunately, Sophy is.
Sick of her outcast role, she escapes her father’s house, only to fall from her horse during a spring storm. Injured, soaked, and shivering, she stumbles to a stranger’s door—Tom, a blunt edged merchant from a family of vulgar upstarts. Mistaking Sophy for the genuine article, he takes her in.
Sophy can’t resist twisting the truth. Soon she’s caught in her own snare—and it might just be a noose.