Monday, August 2, 2010

Courting Miss Lancaster

From the back cover: Harry Windover adores blonde, green-eyed Athena Lancaster, but alas, a penniless man like himself has no hope of winning a young noblewoman's hand. To add insult to injury, Athena's brother-in-law and guardian, the Duke of Kielder, has asked Harry to assist Athena in finding the gentleman of her dreams. But the lovesick Harry is cunning as well: as the weeks pass, he introduces Athena to suitors who are horrifically boring, alarmingly attached to their mothers, downright rude, astoundingly self-absorbed, and utterly ridiculous.
Athena can't comprehend why she is having so little success meeting eligible and acceptable gentlemen. Indeed, her circle of admirers couldn't be less admirable--nothing like the loyal, gentle friend she's found in Harry. But how long can Harry's scheme be hidden before it is discovered? And what will Athena do when she uncovers Harry's deception?

My review:
There are some books that I am predisposed to like because I know the author (which is why I always put that caveat in my review-- so far I feel that way about all the authors I've reviewed that I know personally). However, I've also been lucky enough that these writers all happen to also be legitimately good writers with good books.
That's the case with this one. I only just met Sarah Eden this last weekend, but she was such an entertaining and funny person that I had to get her book. And I loved it. I didn't even know I liked Regency romance (aside from reading Jane Austen multiple times), but I think I've found a new genre to add to my favorites.
I would absolutely suggest Sarah's book to any lover of Jane Austen novels. It's very well-written and an entertaining story (I started it Saturday night, and finished it 1 am Monday morning).
Courting Miss Landcasterr is actually the second book in a series, but the books can be read independent of each other (which is what I'm doing, since I unknowingly bought the second book first). I am definitely going back to get the first one, Seeking Persephone.

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