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When a Marquis Chooses a Bride: The Worthingtons #2 by Ella Quinn

When a Marquis Chooses a Bride: The Worthingtons #2 by Ella Quinn

Ella Quinn returns to the blog today with the second in her regency series, The Worthingtons. Please read on for my review  and an excerpt from

When a Marquis Chooses a Bride

Back with Ella Quinn to check out the characters so enjoyable in the first book of the series, although this one can be read on its own.  Dorothea (Dottie or Thea) is the best friend of Grace’s sister Charlotte. Missing her best friend who now lives with her sister, Lady Worthington, she’s ready to see her friend and share their coming-out season.  When Dottie’s mother is injured, Charlotte convinces her sister to offer as host to Dottie for the season.  As with the first book, the family interactions with Grace and her siblings is solid and warm, and readers familiar with the first book in which they were introduced will enjoy the added humor and mayhem they bring to the story.

Dottie is smart and clever, and not known for holding her tongue. Although her bloodlines are honorable, this granddaughter of the Duke of Bristol isn’t of the ideal temperament so desired by society.  She is, however, loving and loyal and quite amusing, if a bit outrageous for her time

Dominic, the Marquis of Merton is uptight, honorable and wholly aware of his responsibilities, having had them drilled into them from childhood by his uncle.  Unfortunately for him, the only woman who intrigues him is Dottie, a woman that is ‘beneath’ what his rank in society could command, and her habit of speaking her mind could be troublesome.  She’s attracted but not impressed by Dom and his rather strict adherence to the rigid and rather thoughtless code of behavior instilled by his uncle.  Fortunately for him, they don’t hold his political views or habitual thoughtless snobbery against him, and the season means that he and Dottie shall be in the same spaces, frequently.

Far more developed and compelling from the romance perspective than the first, the relationship of Dom and Dottie is intriguing, particularly as he starts to soften in his opinions both political and personal. The standout in this story is Dottie with her generous heart and patience to see beneath the trappings of society and composure to see the man Dom could be.  With plenty of moments with the other Worthington siblings as well as the increasingly sweet and clever banter between Dom and Dottie, this story has plenty of the moments I want from an Ella Quinn title.

When a Marquis Chooses a Bride: The Worthingtons #2 by Ella Quinn

Title: When a Marquis Chooses a Bride
Author: Ella Quinn
Series: The Worthingtons #2
Also in this series: Three Weeks To Wed
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency
Published by: Zebra Shout
ISBN: 1420139584
Published on: 30 August, 2016
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 320
Rated: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Heat: One FlameHalf a Flame

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About the Book:

Thanks to their large extended family and unconventional courtship, the Worthingtons have seen their share of scandal and excitement. But nothing has prepared them for this...

The Dowager Lady Worthington isn’t quite sure what to make of country-girl Dorothea Stern. As the granddaughter of the Duke of Bristol, Dotty is schooled in the ways and means of the nobility. But her sharp wit and outspoken nature has everyone in a tizzy. Especially their cousin, Dominic, the Marquis of Merton.

Prematurely stuffy, Dom was raised by his cheerless uncle to be wary of a host of things, including innovation, waltzing, and most perilous of all: true love. Still, there’s something about Dotty, beyond her beauty, that Dom cannot resist. But the odds are against him if he intends to win her as his bride. Will he choose loyalty to his family—or risk everything for the one woman he believes is his perfect match…

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Read an Excerpt  

Charlotte’s older sister, Grace, was now the Countess of Worthington. She had taken all five of the younger children with her to London for Charlotte’s come out. Shortly after arriving in Town, Grace had met and fallen in love with Mattheus, Earl of Worthington. They had wed three weeks later.

Not long ago, Grace and her new husband had returned to Stanwood Hall for a few days so that Lord Worthington, who was now guardian to her brothers and sisters, as well as his own sisters, could inspect the property.

Before Henny could retort, the door opened. “Miss” — Dotty’s maid, Polly, glanced around the room, her gaze settling on Dotty — “Her Ladyship asked me to come fetch you.”

Dotty pulled the thread through, secured the needle, and set the slipper down. “Is she all right?”

“Oh yes, miss.” Polly bounced from foot to foot. “She got a letter from London and sent for you straightaway.”

Dotty hurried to the door. “I hope everything is all right.” There was nothing wonderful in receiving a letter from London. Practically everyone they knew was in Town for the Season. Mama and Dotty should have been there as well, yet the day before their planned departure her mother had slipped and broken her leg.

“No, miss,” the maid said as she hurried after her. “Her ladyship was smiling.”

“Well, I suppose the sooner I get to her, the sooner I shall find out what she wants.” A minute later, she knocked on the door to her mother’s parlor and entered. “Mama, what is it?”

Waving a sheet of paper in her hand, her mother smiled broadly. “Unexpected and wonderful news. You shall have your Season after all!”

Dotty’s jaw dropped. She snapped it shut and made her way over to a chair next to her mother. “I don’t understand. I thought Grandmamma Bristol couldn’t sponsor me because of Aunt Mary’s confinement.”

“This” — Mama waved the letter through the air again — “is from Grace.”

Dotty’s heart began to beat faster, and she clasped her hands together. “What — what does she say?”

“After dear Charlotte received your missive telling her you could not come to Town for your Season, she prevailed upon Grace to invite you. She says” — Mama adjusted her spectacles — “having you would be no bother at all. She is bringing out Charlotte and Lady Louisa Vivers, Worthington’s sister, you know, and one more in a household of ten children will hardly be remarkable. She comments that your good sense will be very welcome.” Mama glanced up. “Not that I disagree with her. You do have a great deal of sagacity, but I am sure Grace said that for Papa’s benefit. You know how he does not like to be obliged to anyone.” Mama went back to the letter. “And it would be a great shame for you not to come out with Charlotte as you girls have planned for years.” Mama set the paper down with a flourish and grinned. “What do you think of that?

For what seemed like a long time, Dotty could think of nothing. Her mind had never gone blank before. It was almost too good to be true. She shook her head, and finally managed to find an answer. “I never thought … Well, I mean I knew Charlotte was going to ask Grace, but I never even imagined that Lord Worthington would agree. Although her last letter said she missed me dreadfully. Lady Louisa, Worthington’s sister, even wrote to me saying she had heard so much about me that she felt as if she already knew me and wished I was going to be in Town.”

Suddenly, the fact that Dotty was actually going to Town hit her. “I really am going to have a Season!” She jumped up, rushed to her mother, and hugged her. “I wish you could be there as well.”

Mama patted Dotty’s back. “Yes, my dear. I wish I could go too, but Grace will take good care of you.”

“When shall we tell Papa of Grace’s offer?” What if her father refused to allow her to go? That would be horrible. “I’m not sure he will be as happy as we are.”

Her mother glanced briefly at the ceiling and let out a sigh of long-suffering. “If he had his way, you would not come out until you were at least twenty. He has gone somewhere. I left a message to have him attend me as soon as he returns.” She pushed herself up against the pillows. “We have no time to lose. There is so much to discuss. Polly,” Mama said to Dotty’s maid hovering in the door, “have the trunks brought down from the attic and start getting Miss Dotty’s clothes together.”

“Yes, your ladyship.”

Once the door closed, Mama leaned forward a little and lowered her voice. “Papa will dislike the idea of you going to London without me at first, but don’t worry, dear, I’ll talk him round.”

Dotty sat back down and folded her hands in her lap. They trembled a little with excitement. She was really going to be able to come out with her best friend in the whole world! “I should write to Charlotte and Grace to thank them.”

“Yes, after it is all settled.” Mama opened her pocketbook and wet the tip of the pencil with her tongue. “We must think of who will accompany you. Papa will not allow you to travel with only Polly to look after you. I believe Mrs. Parks said her sister was going to Town to visit a friend. I shall ask if she will look after you. After all, it will save her the trouble of booking and paying for another coach.”

Dotty nodded. “Yes, Mama. I believe Miss Brownly is leaving in a few days. She planned to take the mail.”

“Then she will be glad for a chance to ride in a private coach and break the journey at a good hostelry. Run along now and help Polly. I shall send for you after I have spoken with Papa.”

Dotty kissed her mother before running in a very unladylike fashion up the stairs to her room. Four trunks already stood open and her wardrobe cabinet was empty. She started folding the clothes she found on her bed. “Polly, I do hope Mama prevails.”

The maid paused to think for a moment. “I don’t think Sir Henry has a hope against her ladyship.” She gave a decisive nod. “She’ll get her way.”

Dotty smiled. Her mother usually did. “Still … I’ll feel much better when I know for sure that I’ll be going.”

 

About Ella Quinn

Ella Quinn lived all over the United States, the Pacific, Canada, England and Europe before finally discovering the Caribbean. She lives in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands with her wonderful husband, three bossy cats and a loveable great dane.

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