This is the fourth book in the “Rescued From Ruin” Series. It can easily be read as a stand-alone but may be more entertaining if the books are read in order. To read my review on the previous three books in this series, click “Book Reviews” on the homepage of this blog.
This story takes us to another character, Lord Chatham now Lord Rutherford who played a huge role in book 1 as Lord Artherbourne’s best friend. His father has just past away leaving behind so much debt except the “Marquess” title and he has had to sell everything to pay off their creditors. Meanwhile, Charlotte Lancaster has attended five London seasons with no luck to get hooked to an eligible bachelor and her father is at his wits end. It is due to this frustration that he offers Lord Rutherford a handsome dowry if he marries Charlotte on tcertain conditions and if things don’t work out in a year, he is free to be separated from her. Charlotte is miserable because she can not stand the thought of being married to a notorious rake and drunk such as Lord Rutherford but things change as they both leave London and live together in Northumberland. At first, they are both weary of each other and their motives behind agreeing to go on with the marriage but as time passes by, they realize that their hope for survival is each other.
I liked the fact that this story took a little bit of a different turn from the others. Charlotte was not really “ruined” like the brides in the first three books. In any case, it is actually Lord Rutherford that was ruined, without money or a livelihood. However, it was still two people thrown together against their wish who eventually fall in love. Charlotte’s character was quite forward and bold, probably because she was American the author thought to present her in that manner. I loved her tenacity and her positive energy even in the worst situations. She was my favorite character.
One other thing I must mention here is the fact that I like the way the author always gives the “bad characters” a chance to redeem themselves and then you find yourself empathizing with the character (in this case, Lord Rutherford and his mother) with less animosity towards him or her. Knowing why people behave in certain ways usually help us understand their shortcomings and even love them.
What I didn’t like about this book was the inclusion of The Dowager Marchioness of Wallingham in the story. Apart from the fact that she happened to be the sister to the Late Lord Rutherford’s first wife, I didn’t see the need for her to be featured. I found most of the parts featuring her in the story boring and unnecessary. There was no value added.
Overall, it was a good read and I recommend this series to anyone who loves regency romance. Unfortunately, this will be my last book in this series as I have overdone my share of historical romance at this time and it is time for me to move on to other genres (still mostly historical though). I miss reading my typical historical fiction and Christian fiction novels and it’s time to get back to them.
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Rating: 4 Stars
Published: April 29, 2016 by Eliza Braden
Genre: Historical Fiction
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The Author: Reading romance novels came easily to Elisa Braden. Writing them? That took a little longer. After graduating with degrees in creative writing and history, Elisa spent too many years in “real” jobs writing T-shirt copy … and other people’s resumes … and articles about giftware displays. But that was before she woke up and started dreaming about the very unreal job of being a romance novelist. Better late than never.
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