Welcome to my review for the re-release of A Radical Arrangement by Jane Ashford from Sourcebooks Casablanca. Please read on for my review, be sure to read the excerpt and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a set of Jane Ashford titles.
A Radical Arrangement
I remember seeing this title years ago, before I started obsessing over historic romance, and passing it by as a ‘not my thing’ title. Now some 30 years after originally published, the story has a quaint retro feel, laden with dramatic moments while adhering more closely to the societal expectations of the time.
But, this was a fun and light read nonetheless. A bit dated, this story has Margaret: a little sheltered, a lot naïve and quite prone to missish-ness and the very patient Justin. Margaret took a bit to appreciate, she’s more afraid of her own shadow and imaginings than one should believe possible, and it takes her a while to grow up and get some sense. But, I had to repeatedly remind myself that she was an example of the women of her day: of whom little is expected, little is offered. And while she was given opportunities fitting with her position, she was little more than a woman to be married off advantageously for both husband and family.
Sir Justin was a bit more enjoyable, and his eye-roll worthy responses to Margaret and her father’s dramatics. With a reputation as a rake, but very little evidence to that effect, Justin is honorable, honest and quite enjoyable. He wants the best foil for the dramatics, miscommunications, a runaway fiancé and a wonderful character in the form of midwife Mrs. Dowling.
A fun jaunt that will entertain and amuse, and a great chance to see the similarities and differences in romance then and now.
Title: A Radical Arrangement
Author: Jane Ashford
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published on: 4 August 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 6 Hours: 56 minutes
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After years of being out of print, Jane Ashford's beloved title, A Radical Arrangement, is finally back!
Sir Justin Keighley is all wrong for a proper young lady like Margaret Mayfield. Everyone knows he is shocking in his opinions, arrogant in his manner, and completely without respect for the common decencies of civilized society. Margaret absolutely will not marry him—no matter what her parents say.
Margaret was everything Sir Justin detested in a woman—timid, sheltered, and obedient to a fault. It’s not until she runs away from him that he finds he must give chase. Margaret is discovering she can be bold and rebellious—intrepid enough to do what she must, and more exciting than Justin ever imagined possible.
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.
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