Today I have another lovely historical romance from Grace Burrowes. The first installment in her True Gentlemen Series, and is available now! Read on for my review, an excerpt from the title AND a note from Ms. Burrowes about the title / series. Please be sure to enter the giveaway from Sourcebooks Casablanca where you could win a Grace Burrowes print book bundle.
Tremaine’s True Love
The first in a new series, Tremaine’s True Love brings two very set in their ways, strong-minded and slightly out of the norm characters together. While some of the choices in this story are noticeable (Americanisms, some improbable behaviors/approaches from characters) the story is a wonderful escape read with some characters that are different from the norm.
Nita is the sister to the Earl of Bellefonte, and has been running the household and taken over the charitable works of the late Countess. With the marriage of her brother, she relinquished the management of the manor to her sister, and thrown herself headlong into providing care to the poor who aren’t properly treated by the local doctor. She wasn’t instantly engaging for me, although I thoroughly enjoyed her dedication to aiding the poor with medical and social care, her apparent disregard of societal convention and the absolute confusion she displays at the expectations for women of her social class seem a bit overblown. She wasn’t (pardon the pun) raised with the crofters, so I would have expected her to fully recognize and work around, not in spite of, those conventions. For the most part, however, her determination outweighed everything else with almost single-minded ardor: she was a bit more removed from her emotions than I would have expected, which brought a wonderful growth for her character as the story progressed.
Tremaine St. Michael is a half-French, half Scottish merchant, a Comte in his own right, and at the estate to negotiate on a price for a flock of merino sheep. Focused on his business and success, his family is estranged and removed, his life isn’t being spent searching for ‘the one’, let alone a wife.
These two were not a love at first sight match, Tremaine has his ideal wife’s outline solidly in his mind, and Nita is nothing close. Nita believes that no man will want her for a wife as she is patently unwilling to stop providing medical aid to the poor, and her time will be spent doing just that. With increased time together, both come to see that there is both chemistry and an opportunity to learn and compromise…on both sides. Their growth and discovery of just that fact, with both characters learning to give a bit to get more was unusual and quite clever, showing their connection as solid and built to last.
With lovely insets of family and a touch of tension and danger, the story had me reading right through. A wonderful introduction to a new series
Title: Tremaine's True Love
Author: Grace Burrowes
Series: True Gentlemen #1
Also in this series: Daniel's True Desire, Will's True Wish (True Gentlemen, #3)
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published on: 4 August 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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He's had everything he could ever want...until now
Wealthy wool magnate Tremaine St. Michael is half French, half Scottish, and all business. He prowls the world in search of more profits, rarely settling in one place for long. When he meets practical, reserved Lady Nita Haddonfield, he sees an opportunity to mix business with pleasure by making the lady his own.
Nita Haddonfield has a meaningful life tending to others, though nobody is dedicated to caring for Nita. She insists the limitations of marriage aren't for her, then Tremaine St. Michael arrives-protective, passionate, and very, very determined to win Nita's heart.
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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.
Message From the Author
What makes a man a gentleman?
For a romance writer, this question has to be answered in every book, because implicit in the term “hero” is something of the gentleman. Heroes need not be charming, handsome or wealthy, and they might not even be obviously heroic, at least at the start of the book, but they have to be worthy of our loyalty for the duration of an entire book.
In the True Gentlemen series, I took three men who’d wandered across my pages in previous stories—Tremaine St. Michael, Daniel Banks, and Willow Dorning—and found them each a happily ever after. Tremaine is a flinty business man, Daniel is poor and pious, Willow finds polite society an enormous trial and would far rather be with his dogs. These fellows were not obvious choices as romance heroes, but they each had something that tempted me to write stories for them.
When we met Tremaine in an earlier book (Gabriel: Lord of Regrets), Tremaine was convinced that he’d found a good candidate for the position of wife. He offered marriage, listing all the practical advantages to both parties, and he congratulated himself on how much sense his proposed union would make.
The lady turned him down flat, and as a gentleman is bound to do, he graciously ceded the field. He didn’t like it, he didn’t entirely understand how or what he’d lost, but he wished the happy couple well.
Daniel’s role in David: Lord of Honor was to charge to London with sermons at the ready in an attempt to restore his sister’s honor. The very man Daniel accused of wronging that sister had already set her back on the path to respectability.
Oops. But again, being a gentleman, Daniel wishes the couple every happiness, even if doing so costs him the future he’d envisioned for himself and his loved ones. Like Tremaine, he’s a gracious and even dignified loser.
Willow’s appearance in Worth: Lord of Reckoning is brief, but he too is determined to see a sister rescued from a possibly compromising position, and again, rescue is simply not on the heroine’s agenda.
In all three cases, the true gentleman acts in the best interests of those he loves and is responsible for, regardless of the inconvenience or cost to himself. Because Tremaine, Daniel, and Willow were honorable, I liked them. I trusted them, I wanted them to have the happiness they clearly already deserved.
In the Nicholas Haddonfield’s sisters—Nita, Kirsten, and Susannah—I found ladies willing to oblige my ambitions for these men. In each case, our hero has lessons yet to learn, and in each case, his inherent honor wins the day. He might not be handsome, wealthy, or charming in the eyes of the world, but because he’s a true gentleman in the eyes of his lady, he wins her true love.
I hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as I enjoyed writing them!
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