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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Book Review and Giveaway: Love Engineered by Jenna Dawlish

This is a sweet romance story with likeable characters and an interesting element of engineering in Victorian times.
by Jenna Dawlish 

  • Print on Demand (Paperback): 236 pages
  • Publisher: Unknown (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095611914X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956119148
     Genre: Historical Romance
     My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0

Book Description
Publication Date: January 1, 2010
Shortlisted for the RNA New Writers' Award. It's 1855 and Louise Thomas, owner of a large estate in Devon is ready to fall in love, but only if she can find a man who will put up with her thirst for knowledge in the engineering and scientific world.
Charles Lucas is one of the country's top Engineer's, tipped to be the new Brunel. He is too busy with his work for love - especially with a member of the gentry. When he meets Louise, she interests and intrigues him like no woman before. But he must make some serious decisions when he hears disturbing rumours about her.


Louise is a wealthy, blue-stocking, heiress who is often pursued for her money. She has no other living family except for a single cousin who half-heartedly watches over her but is there for her when needed. Although they are affectionate they agree they aren’t interested in marrying each other. Neither of them is seeking a mate as Phillip is enjoying his bachelor life and Louise doesn’t think she will ever find a man that is interested in her and not her money. Besides she has never met a man who has caught her interest - until now.

Louise enjoys attending scientific and engineering lectures. Although some speakers are boring, her interest is sparked by the lecture given by the attractive Charles Lucas. Charles is an esteemed and sought after engineer. Louise is able to ask him some interesting questions and he is surprised by her knowledge. Charles is rather busy and not inclined to pursue a relationship yet he is drawn to her intelligence. His partner is eager to strike up a friendship to encourage Louise as an investor in their work. Plus Louise has a close connection to their mysterious investor, Robert Adams. Meanwhile, Louise begins a warm and sincere friendship with Charles' sister.

An old friend tells Charles some disturbing tales about Louise. Charles meets with Louise to confront her, but she has a totally different agenda in mind. The encounter leads to a large misunderstanding and hurt feelings. Charles forbids Louise to have any contact with his family. She is distressed by having lost not only the man of her interest but a close friend.

Will Charles discover the truth before Louise is exposed to more danger? Will they be able to reconcile their relationship?

I liked the discussions of the engineering projects and wished there was more detail about them.
Engineers and blue-stockings can be presented as aloof and unemotional. Unfortunately I felt the characters were a bit too cool and although I really enjoyed the story and the characters I just didn’t feel a strong warmth in this book. I can’t quite say why I think it was missing emotional depth but that is how I felt. The writing had a good flow and I liked the mystery and danger added to the romantic plot. Maybe a touch more detail would have made it richer.  Even so, I enjoyed the story and would try this author again.

This is a book I won a year or so ago. I will be tying this into my New Authors, Books Won and TBR challenges.

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  1. I would also like to read Jenna's book Sprig of Thyme. It sounds really good. I also learned that Jenna is writing a series of posts about English Folk music.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  2. I follow via GFC and email.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  3. Tweeted:!/lag32583/status/158544383472443392

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  4. Well, since I was an engineer, love all things British, was once an entrant in the NRA New Writers' Scheme (a finalist, but not a winner) and this is my birthday, I feel compelled to enter.

    I discovered Ms. Dawlish has written two Victorian books, began writing Harry Potter fan fiction and now lives in Devonshire.

    I am sharing this review and giveaway on Facebook via my blog ( and I am a follower.

  5. I love the reviews page. GFC Krystal Larson edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  6. I enjoyed discovering the authors other books.


  7. I'm a follower


  8. +1 I liked the post "Exeter Bread Riots 1854 – What the newspapers said" from her website.

    +1 I already follow you via gfc - mamabunny13

    +2 facebook post!/mamabunny13/posts/289259257790727

    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

  9. 1. Something of interest is that she wrote Harry Potter fan fiction.

    2. I follow via GFC (R.) AND email


  10. I found it interesting that the author lives with her family in an English cottage.

    I follow your blog via email.


  11. I learned that this is her very first novel. Love Engineered. She lives in Devon with her family.GFC follower under Lucky47 for awhile.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  12. I learned that the author only has two books out. But, both of them sound great!

    GFC-Mary @SweepingMe
    Tweeted -!/SweepingMe/status/158948721286062082

    Thanks for the chance! I would so love to read this for my reading challenge.

    mary_reiss @

  13. She blogs about English folk music. How cool. I'm a follower ruthjoec at aoldotcom


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