A new series for a favored historical author: Ella Quinn is on the blog today with the first in her new Regency Era series, The Worthingtons, Please read on for my review and be sure to check out the opportunity to read a sample. But first
Three Weeks to Wed
This first book in The Worthington’s series from Ella Quinn, a favorite author of mine for her character development and humor as her plots unfold, brings us Three Weeks to Wed. Grace Carpenter is twenty-five with the daunting role as guardian to her seven younger siblings. Starting off with a solid purpose and expectations for her own life, her focus is on the family and her own duties to them, eschewing marriage possibilities to better fend off grasping relations who wish to separate her brothers and sisters and ‘raise them properly’. Having had her own debut, although without offers, she did cast eyes (and girlish heart) upon one eligible yet very uninterested male.
Mattheus, Earl of Worthington was that man, and as expected, was not all that interested in a woman to marry at that time. Now, years have passed and he too is convinced that Miss Right is only a dream, and his reality will be far less engaging and exciting. Not unfamiliar with his own familial responsibilities with his four sisters, Matt is well-versed in family responsibility even as he is concerned that his own search won’t be so successful.
The characters in this are delightful, but not in a way you would expect: Matt and Grace are solid (more later) but the siblings: brothers and sisters alike are wonderful. They light up the pages with each appearance, from their true love and desire for happiness for Matt and Grace to the moments of hijinks and conversations that just bring the families to life. Now, Matt is fairly typical of the time, with a few differences: he is devoted to the family he has, not just the one he requires to fulfill his obligations to the title. He’s also more than ready to fall in love, in fact, one night brings him to his knees: Grace was unforgettable and he is determined to have her. A bit on the fast side, but the switch did work for him. Unfortunately Grace went from solid and well formed to a pad of silly putty with a cartoon print on it nearly as quickly. Her choices weren’t always the best, perhaps impulsive and not thought out, but the reactions quickly went to slapstick and were wearing. Honestly I could understand her regrets and vacillation after the one night of ‘anonymous passion’ with Matt. The times and the stigma of a woman making her own choices, knowing what society’s reaction would be was understandable. But fainting? Repeatedly?
In short, the story works as a set-up for further stories about the siblings, and perhaps Grace will redeem herself and not simply remain the simpering, missiish doormat that she became in Matt’s presence, I can only hope. Quinn’s writing had me craving more about the siblings on both sides, hoping they use Grace and Matt as the ‘what not to do’ examples as they grow.
Title: Three Weeks To Wed
Author: Ella Quinn
Series: The Worthingtons #1
Also in this series: When a Marquis Chooses a Bride
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Zebra Shout
Published on: 29 March 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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In the first book of her dazzling new series, bestselling author Ella Quinn introduces the soon-to-be Earl and Countess of Worthington—lovers who have more in common than they yet know. The future promises to be far from boring…
Lady Grace Carpenter is ready to seize the day—or rather, the night—with the most compelling man she’s ever known. Marriage would mean losing guardianship of her beloved siblings, and surely no sane gentleman will take on seven children not his own. But if she can have one anonymous tryst with Mattheus, Earl of Worthington, Grace will be content to live out the rest of her life as a spinster.
Matt had almost given up hope of finding a wife who could engage his mind as well as his body. And now this sensual, intelligent woman is offering herself to him. What could be more perfect? Except that after one wanton night, the mysterious Grace refuses to have anything to do with him. Amid the distractions of the Season he must convince her, one delicious encounter at a time, that no obstacle—or family—is too much for a man who’s discovered his heart’s desire…
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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