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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Review: The Perfect Lady Worthe by Rose Gordon


Publisher: Parchment & Plume  (March 24, 2015)

From Goodreads.com: The last thing Jane Cavanaugh would ever expect is to be married—she is an invalid, after all—but that doesn't mean she can’t help with her sister’s husband hunt! (Even if it is with a wee bit of reluctance.)

The last thing Gareth, Lord Worthe would ever want to do is to fall in love with his closest friend’s younger sister.

But fate just might have something else in store for these two…

Please note, this novella is approximately 23,500 words.


                              
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My Rating: 5 stars out of 5

There was a lot that I LOVED about this book - and there were a couple (of silly things) that I didn't love about this book. Lets start with what I DIDN'T LOVE.


It was a novella. I say this a lot - in fact this is probably my biggest pet peeve with novellas - they are such strong books on their own that I desperately wish for more. No, this is not a bad thing, it is simply me wanting to spend more time with these particular characters and spend more time in their world. It also makes me want to know more about the secondary characters as well. 

As it pertains to this story (this will also cover what I LOVED about it) - I absolutely LOVED these characters! I loved the fact that Jane wasn't the "perfect" heroine as we see in so many other stories set in this time period. She had a physical disability that I think many people will be able to relate to, but the fact that she was disabled only added to her character and who she was inside. That to me, the inside beauty overshadowing the outside beauty, is one of the things I enjoyed most about this story. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the banter between her and Gareth, and seeing their romance bloom (although I too wish there would have been more to enjoy between them). 

There is a bit of "back and forth" in the POV of the characters, which as the reader, helped me to better see/understand the perspective of each of the different characters. While I understood Michael's desire to protect his sister (even if I didn't always like his methods), it was also refreshing to see not only how Jane saw herself, but how Gareth also saw her. 

I do hope that even with this being a stand-alone novella, that there will be more from these characters. I would love to read about Charlotte finding her happily ever after as she was the reason Jane found hers, and I would definitely like to see their brother Michael finally meet his match as well. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own. 


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The Perfect Lady Worthe is available  from Amazon.com 

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