Saturday, November 10, 2018

The Unwanted Suitor - My Review

Series: Regency House Party
Genre:  Adult, Historical, Regency, Romance
Publisher: Indie
Publication date: September 2, 2018
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When Cornelia Greystock received a proposal from Sir James Hawkston, she couldn’t bear it. It had been inspired, she knew, from pity and remorse—not love. Unable to face him afterward, she leaped at an offer of employment from the Countess, Lady Du’Breven. Serving as her companion, Cornelia struggles to adjust to the change in her social status, but the hard work distracts her from her broken heart. That is, until the Countess decides to hold a summer house party at her family estate and invites Sir James.
Sir James has never recovered from his disappointment when Miss Greystock refused his proposal and then fled, according to her family, to live with an unheard-of aunt in Ireland. When he grudgingly accepts an invitation to Lady Du’Breven’s house party, however, he is astounded to find Miss Greystock there. One thing is certain—this time he’ll court her the way he always should have. He is almost certain she returns his feelings, but he must tread carefully. If she refuses his proposal a second time, it would not be gentlemanly to ask a third. As time grows short and she continues to hold him at arms-length, will he find a way to at last win her hand?
Michelle Pennington writes clean, heart-pounding, sigh-inducing romance across multiple genres. Her books include Young Adult, Contemporary, Regency, and Fantasy. The genre might change, but her characters will always be falling in love.​
She spends her days quoting movies with her husband and making messes faster than her four kids. She also has a cat her kids call Boots, but is really Hessian Boots, the perfect Regency gentleman, complete with a snowy white cravat. She loves to make magic by stringing words together, but she also creates designer sugar cookies, sings loud in church, and kills too many house plants. ​

This is the first book I have read in the Regency House Party series, and it was wonderful.  If you enjoy period pieces, then you will love reading about the characters in this story.  What is most interesting about this tale though is that it is connected to four other works.  Five authors in total collaborated to write these books, and each one is connected; however, each story can be read alone and understood. 

Cornelia Greystock has lived a life of pleasure, but now finds herself working as a companion to a Countess.  Of course, this type of work is below her station, and even though things have been going somewhat well, she is soon found out by someone from her past.  Miss Greystock wants to be left alone to attend to her duties, but knows that her past still calls to her.  Will she be able to overcome certain scars in order to find her future? 

In an attempt to recover from his past mistakes, Sir James visits the home of a Countess—upon her invitation.  He believes the invite to be purely innocent until he runs into a certain lady.  Why would Miss Greystock be working as a companion?  Why would she be working at all?  He ponders this and the pains of his heart throughout his stay, as he hopes to find answers to all his questions.  Is it possible to find happiness again even when all hope seems to have disappeared? 

There are so many twists and turns in this tale that the reader will constantly be hoping all will turn out right in the end.  The characters are interesting, and as I have begun to read the other books, it is interesting to note you will see these names again.  The entire plot pivots around a house party—a party filled with surprises!  Will each person find love?  Will there be a happy ending for all who attend?  Make sure you check out each book to find out!  Happy reading! 

This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to Singing Librarian Books for my copy.

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