Monday, 9 March 2020

A Discovering Diamonds Review of Tangled Love by Rosemary Morris Reviewed by Mary Chapple

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" I do like an enthralling romance, especially one that reminds me of a good Georgette Heyer novel! "

"Tangled Love is the story of two great estates. The throne has been usurped by James II’s daughter and son-in-law, Mary and William of Orange. In 1693, loyal to his oath of allegiance, ten-year old Richelda’s father must follow James to France.Before her father leaves, he gives her a ruby ring she will treasure and wear on a chain round her neck. In return, Richelda swears an oath to try to regain their ancestral home, Field House. By the age of eighteen, Richelda’s beloved parents are dead. She believes her privileged life is over. At home in dilapidated Belmont House, her only companions are her mother’s old nurse and her devoted dog, Puck. Clad in old clothes, she dreams of elegant dresses, and trusts her childhood friend Dudley, a poor parson’s son, who promised to marry her, but he is not as he seems. Richelda’s wealthy aunt takes her to London and arranges her marriage to Viscount Chesney, the new owner of Field House. Richelda is torn between love for Dudley and her oath to regain Field House, where it is rumoured there is treasure. If she finds it, Richelda hopes to ease their lives. However, while searching for it, will her life be in danger?"

Oh I do like an enthralling romance, especially one that reminds me of a good Georgette Heyer novel! 

Richelda is poverty-stricken and bound by an oath she made to her father. Then there is the wealthy aunt who promises to help her niece make a good marriage - on her terms, of course - the aunt must select the husband. Needless to say Richelda has already fallen for someone, and the aunt's choice isn't exactly a man Richelda would choose for herself. 

So we have oaths and difficult circumstances, a young girl on her own, a determined aunt, a prospective couple of lovers; hopes and dreams, misunderstandings and heartbreaks: in short all the essential ingredients of a typical, enjoyable romance. 

The historical background detail seems well done, the pace good, the writing skilled and competent. The characters are interesting, the plot tangled (in the nice sense! - see the title!) and the overall read, very satisfactory. I'm keen to read more of Ms Morris's novels!

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© Mary Chapple

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