Monday, October 22, 2012

A Gentleman's Daughter: Her Choice

Reina M. Williams
Regency Romance

"She could hardly believe such a promising spring day ended in a shower of tears in her darkened room."

Cecelia knows what she wants - to marry her brother's best friend, Mr Cateret.  But her father doesn't approve and sends her off to London before Cecelia is sure if he returns her regard.  Faced with the rigors of London during the Season, Cecelia endeavors to find a man her father can approve of.  What she does encounter is Mr Thornhill, a very proper man who she just might be able to fall for.  But misunderstanding and confused feelings get in the way of seeing what is right.  Can Cecelia know the right choice if she isn't sure of her heart?  Whom will she choose, the man who stole her young heart, or the one who has so recently commanded her affections.  And what will her father think of the whole situation?

My Opinion: This was a very Austen-esque regency in its composition and story.  With a large cast of characters there was a lot of sub-plots creating a slow-moving world of social restrictions.  The story, much as Austen's works, was slow and drawn out.  Though despite the intricacies of the elongated plot, the romance was a bit heart-wrenching as the characters strolled along on their story.  Though I will admit to many times I wanted to yell at them to grow a back bone and go after what they wanted.  Few regencies give me such a suffocating sense of the social strictures many of the ton lived by.  Overall an interesting stroll through history.

I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.

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