A HEART'S REBELLION : A REGENCY ROMANCE
Dutiful Jessamine Barry is tired of waiting patiently for a man to decide her future. So even though Lancelot Marfleet, second son of an aristocrat, is taking an interest in her during the London season, she refuses to consider him as a suitor. Instead, she's ready to take fashionable society by storm--and finds a rakish young man all too willing to help her do it. When things go too far, Jessamine will learn that the man who is faithful through thick and thin is more worthy than the one who speaks pretty words. But will her disgrace keep Lance from reconsidering her as a wife? And when tragedy strikes and Lance becomes his father's heir and a titled gentleman, will he think she only wants him now because of his title?
Superb Regency romance! Axtell catapulted me back to a Regency drawing room with her incredible historical voice. I just had to savour every word in order to enjoy my reading experience to the fullest. From dialogue to the detailed customs of the early 1800s I was in a near reader swoon most of the book! As captivating as reading about that time period is though, I'd have made a horrible Regency miss. Argh to the restrictions! What a futile outlook for young women of that time. And it's that subject that Axtell addresses in her latest historical novel.
At first Jessamine seemed too shallow for me - especially for a heroine. But as I read I became steeped in the mores of the time and began to understand her better. Honestly, if your only hope for a future is to make a good marriage and that's all that everyone around you focuses on what are to do when your love is betrayed? Rebellion that's what. And wait -- what if it wasn't really love but a girlish infatuation that coloured every aspect of your life for years? Well -- you can imagine the churning emotions.
There were times I just wanted to shake Jessamine and times I wanted to do bodily harm to a certain gentleman. And times when I screamed warnings (only naturally they went unheeded causing me no end of reader angst) so you might say I found this book an emotional roller coaster of a read. :-)
If you love Regency romance you are going to love this book!!!
Oh -- and bonus for Moonlight Masquerade fans -- you'll be able to get reacquainted with a number of characters though A Heart's Rebellion reads fine as a standalone.
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