A Reluctant Betrothal by Amanda Weaver

I finished this one in about 5 hours. Can you tell that I LOVED IT?

Ok, so I enjoyed the first two Grantham Girls novels, but this one? Oh my… fantastic ❤

** I received an advanced copy from NetGalley and Carina Press in exchange for my honest review**

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Yes, I adored Victoria’s book, and I loved Amilia’s story, but Grace has seemed to be almost a lost cause. Being launched to society having nothing going for you, no money or family to fall back on, is beyond hard. Especially when you know that aside from family and money, you have no other shortcomings compared to your dearest friends.

Both Victoria and Amilia married and well off with their lives, Grace is left to play a companion to the Musgrave Dowager who’s grandson is a wild and offensive young man, seeking to make Grace his mistress. Frederick Musgrave even goes the extra mile and tries “pretend” attacking Grace, only to be thwarted by a dark and mysterious young man.

Genevieve Grantham, Grace’s finishing school mentor, is doing her best in finding Grace a husband, and lands her a fine gentleman, albeit less refined in city life. But when she is met with this best friend, Julian St. John, she is stunned to realize it’s her savior from France.

From here on out it’s a rumor mill that drives Julian to act on his best friend’s behalf, doing his best to separate him from the gold-digging young lady he believe Grace to be.

This story invokes the most extreme emotions; my feelings ranged from pride in Grace and her resourcefulness and determination, her realistic view of life, to frustration at the inequality society forced on women back then, through annoyance with Julian at being so prone to unjust judgement of a person he doesn’t know, and so. many. freaking. swoons!!!

I love Amanda’s writing style, the way her women in Regency books fit the time, yet aren’t weak and fragile. I love how even with a happily ever after we don’t get it all wrapped up in a cotton candy cloud, but a real genuine outcome. Add to that her unique love for art and fashion which she beautifully incorporates into her writing – and it’s a winner.

I know the series is about three girls finding their path in life, but I wish we could get a glimpse into what to be of Genevieve, or how Julian’s mother is in America, or even a future take of the couples’ children, 10 years ahead.

These stories are characterized with one thing more than anything: you just can’t put them down.

Make sure you read this exquisite series.

5 Stars

~Eleanor 

Btw – the cover? Spot on Grace. Love it!

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29343316From the seaside villas of France to the sumptuous drawing rooms of London’s Victorian aristocracy comes a tale of star-crossed lovers desperate to escape their irresistible—and terribly inconvenient—passion

When Grace Godwyn is introduced to her soon-to-be fiancé’s closest friend, she can hardly keep from fainting. The man whose angry gaze confronts her is none other than the handsome stranger who came to her aid in a dark French alleyway. The stranger with whom she’d shared a moment of reckless passion. And now, with a single word, he could destroy her one chance for security.

Julian St. John, Lord Knighton, owes his friend too much to allow him to fall into the clutches of a craven fortune hunter. He knows all he needs to know of Grace Godwyn: that she’s the orphaned and penniless daughter of a disgraced viscount; that her lips taste incomparably sweet. There is no way he is going to allow this marriage to take place.

Yet the more time Julian and Grace are forced to spend in each other’s company, the more irresistible their desire grows—and the more devastating the potential consequences.

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Amanda has loved romance since she read that very first Kathleen E. Woodiwiss novel at fifteen. After a long detour into a career as a costume designer in theatre, she’s found her way back to romance, this time as a writer.

A native Floridian, Amanda transplanted to New York City many years ago and now considers Brooklyn home, along with her husband, daughter, two cats, and nowhere near enough space.

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