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Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Over Thanksgiving I was lamenting to my mom about how unlucky I've been with the free ebooks I've found on Kindle lately. (Okay, so I'm not really surprised. They are free, after all.) It seemed like all the historical romance novels (yes, I've been reading far too many lately. I know, I know. I should branch out, but, you know, new baby ... haven't gotten to the library ...) anyway, it seemed like they were either bad or naughty. Yep, there's a difference. She said she'd come across this cute novella called GENTLEMAN OF HER DREAMS that she thought was good and had the added bonus of being an inspirational romance without being preachy. And, well, it was free!

From Amazon.comWhen Miss Charlotte Wilson asks God for a husband, she decides He must want her to pursue Mr. Hamilton Beckett, the catch of the season. The only problem? She's never actually met Hamilton. Fortunately, one of her oldest and dearest friends, Mr. Henry St. James--who has returned to New York after a two-year absence--does know Hamilton. Much to Henry's chagrin, Charlotte immediately ropes him into helping her meet Hamilton. However, none of her plans to catch Hamilton's eye go as she expected, and she is even more confused when her old feelings for Henry begin to resurrect themselves. In the midst of the mayhem Charlotte always seems to cause, she wonders if the gentleman of her dreams might be an entirely different man than she thought.This novella is a companion to A Change of Fortune, Jen Turano's full-length debut novel, available fall 2012!

Audience: Adult
Genre: Historical Romance (Victorian)
Length: 81 pages

Rating: *** (Liked it)

The Pros: It's in the Victorian era, which I love and set in New York, which is a fun change from London. The main character, Charlotte, is hopelessly accident prone as well as very strong willed -- so really fun! The mishaps are quite hilarious.

The Cons: My old nemesis, the romance plot cliche of two people totally in love with each other suffering from huge misunderstandings and certain the other one doesn't love them because they misinterpret everything -- it rears it's head in this novella with vengeance. Luckily, it's only 81 pages, so not infinitely frustrating.

Disclaimer: Nothing.

Visit Jen Turano's site and check out her new novel, A CHANGE OF FORTUNE.

Do you like historical romance novellas? Check out my Regency novella, A CONTEMPTIBLE AFFECTION. It's available on Amazon and Smashwords.

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I've been writing since I was old enough to grasp a crayon--my grandma even has an early copy of a "book" I made her. I have a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Wyoming and will (hopefully) soon be starting a graduate program in English. When I'm not breaking up impromptu UFC fights in the living room or losing miserably to my boys at Uno, I'm ... well, writing or editing, of course! I'm married to my best friend, and we have three rambunctious but simply amazing little boys.


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