Book Review

‘The Spinster Bride’ by Jane Goodger

tsb jgSTORY: Mr. Charles Norris needs help finding a wife…

For he has the unfortunate habit of falling for each Season’s loveliest debutante, only to have his heart broken when she weds another. Surely Lady Marjorie Penwhistle can help him. She’s sensible, clever, knows the ton, and must marry a peer, which he is not. Since she’s decidedly out of his reach, Charles is free to enjoy her refreshing honesty—and her unexpectedly enticing kisses…

Lady Marjorie Penwhistle doesn’t want a husband…

At least not the titled-but-unbearable suitors her mother is determined she wed. She’d rather stay unmarried and look after her eccentric brother. Still, advising Mr. Norris is a most exciting secret diversion. After all, how hard will it be to match-make someone so forthright, honorable, and downright handsome? It’s not as if she’s in danger of finding Charles all-too-irresistible herself…

REVIEW ONE: May 1874

Marjorie Penwhistle, age 23, is approaching being called a spinster.  Her mother, Dorothea Penwhistle, Lady Summerfield, is a widow.  The woman insists that Marjorie marry a titled man which means that her choice of men is fairly sparse.  Marjorie has just learned that her brother George, the Earl of Summerfield, has lost an enormous amount of money playing cards.

Charles Norris, the second son of Viscount Hartley, a diplomat, is the man who won George’s money. However, when he realizes that perhaps George does not fully understand the ramifications of his loss, he agrees to forgive the debt if Marjorie will meet him at his home.

Poor George is an extremely intelligent man involved in his life and strict daily routine. If his routine is interrupted in anyway, he becomes agitated.  Because he has this peculiarity, his mother does not like him at all thinking he is incompetent and is constantly threatening to remove his title from him.

Dorothea is a cold and hateful woman solely bent on seeing Marjorie wed to a titled man.  Her strictness with Marjorie is grating and, at times cruel.  Marjorie is a sweet girl always trying to appease her mother and be a go-between when her mother is cruel to George.

Marjorie agrees to meet Charles at his home and finds that he simply wants her to help him find a woman to marry.  If she is successful, he will forgive her brother’s debt. Charles has a reputation for being a rogue and since he does not have a title, her mother is even more against him having any type of friendship with Marjorie.  Thus begins a mission where Marjorie does her best to play matchmaker. However, will their constant contact result is something developing between them?

Come learn more about the personalities of these characters.  They are extremely well written and ones the reader will enjoy meeting.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and really look forward to reading more from the author.

Connie for b2b

REVIEW TWO: I discovered this author only a couple of years ago and ever since I did, I’m just enamored with every character she creates, and not just her heroes and heroines.

‘The Spinster Bride’ is the fourth book in her Lords and Ladies series, but each one is unique and stand alone, and not connected with the others story wise, but rather character wise, meaning that the main characters were introduced to us in an earlier book.

We met both hero and the heroine of this tale in ‘When a Lord Needs a Lady’ and while I wanted to scream and pounce on Marjory in that book, in this one, I just wanted to give her a huge hug. Hero of this book I loved right off the bat. I think I related to him on so many levels, especially being loud and rambunctious.

Another thing you’ll note if you decide to read this author is the way she weaves multiple stories within the main one. In this tale we not only get to root for Marjory and Charles, but we can’t help but fall madly in love with George, Marjory’s younger brother who suffers from an affliction that can only be diagnosed today as Autism spectrum disorder. People, my heart went to tiny pieces as I met this character. I adored him!

But what sets this tale apart as well, is another person’s point of view from as far as forty years ago, that of Dorothea, Lady Summerfield who is our heroines horrific, overbearing and title hunting mother from hell. I hated her with every fiber of my being, and then the author throws me a curve ball, and I had to come to realize why this woman did the things she did, which in the end made her more human than I could have thought her to be.

I highly recommend this story because how can you go wrong with having to read three romances within one story?!

Melanie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher


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