Wednesday 20 April 2022

Carteret by Jenny Hambly

Confirmed Bachelors Book 3 

Regency Romance

Dignified, reserved, and every inch the gentleman, Laurence Westerby, the fifth Viscount Carteret, finds his ordered and predictable world turned on its head when a mysterious lady steps into his private parlour. He thinks her spirited, reckless, and undoubtedly in need of his protection.
Confident, frank, and used to managing her own affairs, Miss Cassandra Fenton does not like the role of damsel in distress. Laurence seems determined to help her out of her immediate difficulties, however. His chivalry reminds her of all the reasons she is so unsuited to marriage.
An unlikely friendship is forged, but will it survive the pressures of potential abductors, smugglers and a suspected murderer?

Oh, I do like a good Regency Romance. I’ve not come across this author before, but I will seek out more of her books. I found the characters to be intriguing, nicely developed and very believably ‘in period’ regarding how they behaved and spoke, but without getting bogged down with stereotypical tropes or false, unwieldy to our modern ears, dialogue.

It was rather a pleasant change to see a nicely designed cover with an ordinary, although good-looking, male rather than the typical back view of a lady – or the man showing off his semi-naked torso. (Did men back then, really have abs?) 

The addition of a slight mystery and unexpected characters added nicely to the plot, although maybe the resolution was very slightly contrived – it did not matter as the story overall was so enjoyable. This is not an action novel, but a gentle cosy-before-the-fire romance, ideal to be enjoyed with a pot of tea and a plate of chocolate biscuits while the windy and rainy weather blusters outside. 

Recommended for Regency Romance readers

Reviewed for Discovering Diamonds 

© Mary Chapple
 e-version reviewed

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