Deborah Hale's book entitled The Gentleman's Bride Search is the the
fifth story in the Glass Slipper Bride collection. I reviewed the fourth
book, The Duke's Marriage Mission, in February of this year. There
are five books in this series, and each book follows the life of one
woman--five friends in all. The other three books are The Captain's
Christmas Family, The Baron's Governess Bride, and The Earl's
Honorable Intentions. All five books are set in England during
the early 1800's.
This book follows governess Evangeline Fairfax who comes to live at Renforth
Abbey. For the past six years, she has been caring for Jasper Chase's
children--Matthew, Owen, Rosie, Emma, and Alfie. Her goal though is to
open a school for underprivileged children. Children like her who grew up
in an school where she was mistreated, starved, and unloved for so many
years. If it had not been for her close circle of friends, it is quite
evident that her survival would have been grim.
Jasper does not understand her dream, because he wants her to stay and
continue to be his children's governess. After all, why would she leave
his children in order to care for others? Doesn't she know how much his
children need her? After the death of their mother, Miss Fairfax had been
a shining light for each of them--with the ability to pull the children out of
their grief. In truth, Evangeline had come to be a comfortable part of
their home. How would they survive in her absence?
Evangeline's plans to leave Renforth Abbey are constantly put off. Mr.
Chase does his best to come up with excuse after excuse--reasons why she must
stay. As time progresses, Evangeline realizes how much time she is losing
in regards to building her school, and she knows her circle of friends are
counting on her--her circle of friends who are already married, which is
something Evangeline vows never to do. Marriage does not interest
her. Her independent spirit would not allow it.
Jasper continues to think of ways to make Miss Fairfax stay, until
Evangeline concocts another plan--the marriage plan. Miss Fairfax and
Jasper's mother set their minds to find him a wife and a mother for his
children. Evangeline feels this is the perfect plan to guarantee her
escape into the life she believes the Lord has called her in to. However,
both Evangeline and Jasper Chase will find themselves in situations they never
considered as Miss Fairfax starts to envy the woman who will care for her
Will Evangeline leave Renforth Abbey or will Mr. Chase stop her? How
will the children respond to this great change in their lives? And will
the various women who come to Renforth Abbey--in the hopes of courting
Jasper--be disappointed or vicious? Find out in this last book in the
Glass Slipper Collection! I highly recommend it!
About The Book
*If Jasper Chase won't
trouble himself to find a new governess, Evangeline Fairfax must find
her employer a wife. That way, his children will be well cared for once
she leaves to start a charity school. Jasper reluctantly agrees to a
matchmaking house party with one condition-that Evangeline give him
lessons in courtship.
Devoted to improving conditions at his
mill, Jasper unwittingly ignored matters at home. Only now, as
Evangeline teaches him how to win a wife, does he realize what it means
to be a true father and husband. And if this independent young woman
would just say yes, her plan could have the perfect ending...
*Synopsis is from the back cover of the novel.
About The Author
Deborah Hale spent a decade tracing her Canadian family to their origins
in Georgian-era Britain. In the process, she learned a great deal about
that period and uncovered enough fascinating true stories to fuel her
romance plots for years to come. At the urging of a friend, Deborah
completed her first historical romance novel and went on to publish over
fifteen more. Deborah lives in Nova Scotia, a province steeped in
history and romance! Visit her website at: www.deborahhale.com