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Friday, July 8, 2011

Book Review: Josette by Danielle Thorne

A lovely Regency!
Josette by Danielle Thorne
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Whimsical Publications, LLC (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193616731X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936167319
 Genre: Historical Romance
My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0
Product Description
Josette Price sees her future in Beddingfield Park. While her brother, George, needlessly pursues a naval career, Josette promises to watch over their beloved parents and the Beddingfield Park estate. Nothing would make Josette happier than to see her sister and her self settled within the palings of Beddingfield. But dark, brooding Captain Carter rides into their lives with news that ruins everything: George has been lost at sea.

Learning the Park is entailed to their cousin, Edward, Josette must decide between marrying her fickle relation or helping her besotted sister trap him in her stead. Before a decision can be made, will Captain Carter and his delightfully spinsterish relatives stop the Price girls from making a choice that would be the greatest tragedy of all?

Review: This is a charming and engaging story.

Josette is a beautiful, strong young woman who has always taken care of those around her. She is not a frivolous miss but rather one who will go walking without her bonnet so she can feel the sun and air on her face. That doesn’t mean she hasn’t learned her lady skills. She is quite capable to handle a crisis and she plays the pianoforte with beauty and feeling. All in all she is a young lady with quiet passion. She and her brother George had a close and joyfully warm relationship.

Captain Carter is a ruggedly handsome fellow who was the superior officer to Josette’s likeable and exuberant brother, George. Unfortunately the Captain has brought the bad news that George has been lost at sea. Josette holds the Captain responsible for the loss. Without George, Josette’s beloved home, Beddingfield Park, will go to their young cousin, Edward.  A perfect solution would be for Edward to marry Josette.  At first Josette’s younger sister agrees that is the solution to keeping the family at the manor, but then Amy starts to develop feelings for Edward.

Although Captain Carter has a good poker face, you soon suspect that he is enamored of Josette if only she would get over her anger and forgive him. Josette is opinionated and stubborn and makes you want to stomp your feet at her negative behavior. Amy is young, a bit whiny and annoying but the role plays perfectly in the story. Each of the characters is well developed and they fit well in the Regency plotline. There are a few unexpected side shoots in the plot but for the most part it is a bit predictable. Still, the charming characters make it fun to get where the story needs to go.

The author does a lovely job of building sexual awareness and yet keeping the story on a completely sweet heat level. The writing is descriptive and flows well. The author evokes a range of emotions from sadness, mirth, despondency, and joy. The entire package is an easy, charming read. A great choice especially for historic romance fans.
The pdf of this book was provided by the author for an honest review.
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