Review: Partridge and the Peartree by Patricia Kiyono

Print Length: 62 pages
Publisher: EsKape Press (September 1, 2015)

From Phillip Peartree, Duke of Bartlett, dreamed of a peaceful life with a suitable mate until a hunting accident left him scarred and nearly deaf. Resigned to spending the rest of his days alone, Phillip has devoted himself to rebuilding his family estate. But, a chance encounter with a lovely young woman in a dusty bookstore rekindles his almost-forgotten hopes and dreams.

Lady Amelia Partridge has no time for the frivolity of the London social scene. She is much too busy. In addition to her work with the Ladies Literary Society, she has a mission – educating poor children in the city. She also has a secret life, one she fears might drive away the young duke who has become increasingly important to her.


My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

This was a wonderfully funny and whimsical read. Perfect for a rainy day (or a snowy one as the events take place during the Christmas Holidays), this book will draw you in and take you on a truly romantic ride. This is also a very clean and sweet story. There isn't even a first kiss! The author puts her characters first, and leaves the rest alone. 

One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was that the Hero was not the typical regency romantic hero. Not only was he scarred (which yes I have seen before), but he was also mostly deaf. I liked the way this was approached and used in the story, and how Phillip compensated for his difficulties. 

The downside? Because of its short story status, you are left wanting to spend more time with the characters. Do they have children of their own? Do they have a long courtship or are they married by special license? What happens to the children they tutor and the families they help? I certainly hope this isn't our last look into the lives of these characters as I definitely wouldn't mind reading more of their story! 

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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