For them to overcome for them to achieve their happily ever after particularly Charles stubbornness in clinging to his old flame Julia but all turned out right in the end Martha Keyes truly took us uite the ourney both for Isabel and Charles and the subplot with Hetty and the villainous Mr Farrow But despite the turmoil our villain caused the plot s premise was fun our characters growth satisfying and the moments where there were romantic scenes between our hero and heroine were very sweet I m looking forward to reading from Martha Keyes I received an ARC of this book and was not reuired to post a review but I so thoroughly enjoyed this book that I feel I must I liked Isabel Charles Mary and Hetty very much This is a sweet romance book that ends happily It was well written and the characters were frustrating funny sweet and written in such a way that I wish I could see further into Isabel and Charles future This was a good read I liked Isabel and Charles s story They didn t have a clear path and since Charles was originally attracted to s Isabel is unusual in that her family doesn t force the younger to wait until the elder sister is married Instead the sisters share an introduction into society and the disparity between how they are treated especially by family is significant Isabel feels so relatable Her character and actions make so much sense in light of how she lives in the shadow of her younger prettier sisterThis is a tiny point but I love how Martha describes her as plain but Charles never has this change her hair and she s suddenly beautiful moment I greatly appreciate thatThe flow of the story is well paced and the subtle changes in Isabel and Charles connection is sweet and natural Edenbrooke meets Some Kind of Wonderful in this fun regency novel Isabel is informed that her father gambled away her hand in marriage to a man she has liked for a long time But when she discove I enjoyed this sweet proper romance Isabel was a good character This does have a bit of a Christian element to it I love how she became stronger knowing who she was and she gave grace to others because she knew herself so well She was able to figure out why others did what they did This is a great gift I have been striving for in my life It was nice to see a character in a book working out how to do it instead of going around hating everyone or letting everyone hurt her I love how complicated everything got and how it all worked itself out This was a good story with a good foundation that was followed well I took off a star because it got a bit wordy and the end drug out for me a bit too long. That has the potential to temporarily appease her father’s demand of marriage while also winning back the love of the woman Charles truly wants But when Charles and Isabel are thrown into the midst of a brewing scandal and another man’s potential disinheritance their plan begins to unravel thread by thread challenging what Galbraith thinks he wants and ust how much time with him Isabel’s heart can stan.
First and foremost I adored Mr Stafford the rector and I grew to love Hetty and even Mary I think these secondary characters were the highlight for meAs for the heroine I appreciated Izzy s faith care and friendship Of Charles whilst he had moments to shine through I felt they were brief The book starts off promising with Izzy s father placing marriage to Izzy as a bet What follows next felt umbled confusing and maybe even unnecessary Izzy doesn t want to marry Charles because he feels obligatedbecause of her no good father knows he is honourable yet smitten with his childhood friendlove Julia who is flaunting off with a no good Mr Farrow and thinks of killing two birds with one stone There is also a thread with Izzy s sister Cecilia and a potential suitor And Hetty s complication added to the mix So we have multiple things going on at the same time plus emotions and ealousy though some are one sided infatuations if all players are involved Izzy Charles Julia and on the outside looking in to this triangle are Cecilia and Mr Farrow Whilst it didn t merit a dnf from me it was repetitive reading about Izzy s feelings of self sacrifice secrecy and the need to run away from her love when it came to Charles I didn t feel that Charles had that much conviction either in his choice or character not to say he is not honourable but he didn t stand out as distinctive assertive heroOther characters seemed underutilised Charles mother was said to have an important impact on him but this wasn t explored much Izzy s mother was also someone I wanted to get to know better we know that Izzy s parents were not a love match but we really only got her as a foil to Mrs Robard I know Cecilia will have the next book but she dropped off from the book after the trip to the menagerie Even Hetty disappeared abruptly partwayAnyway 25 stars rounded to 3 If the opportunity passes I will be reading from Martha Keyes A slip of the lipThis novel has some good plot ideas but the story is made extremely tedious by the constant repetition of the heroine biting or chewing her lips or people knitting or wriggling their eyebrows Seriously this happens on almost every page The misunderstandings between the two lovers are even tedious dragged out and unbelievable than usual in a regency romance Be prepared for a lot of skimming to get through this I really enjoyed this story I found it to be thoroughly engaging it kept me eagerly turning the pages to see how things would all turn out Although I knew how I wanted things to go there is never the guarantee that it will there were times I wondered how the author was goi. A gentleman‘s impulsive wager to marry a stranger A young woman’s determination not to marry the man she wants When Isabel Cosgrove is informed by her father that he lost her hand in marriage while playing cards with Charles Galbraith the gentleman she’s been admiring from a distance for years she is filled with dismay How can she agree to wed a man whose reason for marriage is part revenge part indiffer.
Ng to bring everything aboutI was thoroughly pleased with how it all turned out am happy to recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Regency Era novels with happy endings This can be read as a stand alone novel However there is a brief mention of characters from the first book in the series So if you are like me you prefer to read books in the order that they re writtenreleased and if you enjoy getting glimpses of how characters are doing afterwards then I recommend reading Wyndcross first as I said though this is easily read as a stand alone novel there was nothing to detract from the story in knowing that it wasn t the first book in the series My thanks to the author for supplying me with an ARC of this book This is an honest review which I am voluntarily giving This is a clean engaging read which I can happily recommend I liked that this book wasn t about the darling of the season but of an ordinary girl ust wanting to be a good person Isabel went to great lengths to protect her heart She was a sensible sort of person but she struggled with really being honest about her own feelings for Charles to the point that while not outright lying told some half truths In that I was a bit disappointed in her as she was such a very strong character otherwise Charles was fun and a down to earth person The complete opposite of a rake Their is a rake in this story to showcase the differences in character Charles had to the less preferred character Charles starts out the beginning of the book being disappointed in love and allows himself to become engaged to Isabel It wasn t what he wanted but a situation he allowed due to his hurting heart Isabel was not about to become a wife out of pity The book was about helping others being kind and getting ones heart desire sometimes through sacrifice Having enjoyed Martha Keyes Eleanor I was really excited for this book especially since the premise was so intriguing a woman finds herself betrothed after her father loses her hand in a wager But her intended isn t ust anyone but the man she s secretly been in love with for years Unfortunately he s in love with someone else Because Isabel doesn t want to be married to a man who doesn t love her and he doesn t want to marry anyone but the woman he thinks he loves the two enter a fake engagement I liked both Isabel and Charles and thought they were cute together In addition the plot s premise was fun and I enjoyed watching it unfold so much so that I could have happily seen many pages and development of it There were many lovely scenes between our hero and heroine as well as many frustrating obstacles. Ence Intent on avoiding a painful union where her regard cannot be returned she concocts a plan Charles Galbraith didn’t intend to become engaged as a result of a drunken wager at cards but after the woman he loves spurns him what does it matter whom he marries But even Miss Cosgrove the fiancée he won by wager seems intent not to marry him a fact that both relieves and piues him She instead suggests a plan.