Tuesday, June 4, 2013

What I Read This Weekend

What I Read This Weekend . . .

His Lordship's Reward (also known as Lord Roworth's Reward) by Carola Dunn -- Regency Romance

Four years after the events of Miss Jacobson's Journey, Felix, Lord Roworth is in Brussels working for Nathan Rothschild to repair his family fortunes. As he waits for news on Napoleon's next move, he courts the lovely Lady Sophia, whom he believes would make the perfect countess. The lady has a court of admirers and doesn't seem to show a preference for one over the other. She is very different from the intrepid Fanny Ingram who shares his lodgings with her young ward Anita. Fanny's twin brother Frank is a Captain in the Artillery like his father before him and Fanny has followed the drum her whole life. Nothing seems to faze her at all. Felix likes chatting with fanny and flirting with her a bit. She's a good friend to pour his heart out to. Fanny enjoys her easy friendship with Felix. He's gallant and kind to little Anita and not at all high in the instep. When Napoleon finally makes his move, the Ingrams are more in need of a friend than ever before. Fanny tells herself she must not fall in love with him for Earls' sons don't marry nobodies like her, but Lord Roworth's kindness makes it impossible not to love him. This is a very long story for a paperback Regency. There's not much plot. It drags on and on in the middle.While Felix is kind and caring, he spends the majority of the book believing he's in love with Lady Sophia and making excuses for her snobby behavior. To his credit, he wants to please his family, but that excuse only goes so far. I don't remember liking him much in Miss Jacobson's Journey and he improves a little in this book. His realization comes too late. Fanny is a great heroine for most of the novel. She turns missish during Waterloo and gets a little annoying after that. Before the midway point of the novel, she's strong, brave and kind. She's had a hard life and it's made her the very opposite of the spoiled Lady Sophia. Lady Sophia is a stock character; an ice maiden and it's hard to believe that anyone could actually want to be married to her. I liked catching up with Miriam and Isaac. She is as amazing as ever and a well-rounded character. She can voice her political views about women's rights but she's also a loving mother and a adoring wife who makes a comfortable home for her family. Felix's sisters seem like interesting girls and I would have liked more time spent with them and more space dedicated to Connie and Frank, who apparently have their own novel, but shouldn't really need one. If you liked the first book and want to know what happens next, then read this novel. It works as a stand-alone but it's long and slow moving.

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