Rosie’s #Bookreview of #NewRelease #VictorianRomance The Silk Merchant’s Convenient Wife by @ElisabethHobbes

The Silk Merchant's Convenient WifeThe Silk Merchant’s Convenient Wife by Elisabeth Hobbes

4 stars

The Silk Merchant’s Convenient Wife is a Victorian romance and is mainly set in the industrial town of Macclesfield. Jonathan Harcourt is a successful partner in a silk weaving business; although he vowed not to marry, he is encouraged by his childless partner to take a wife for companionship and to produce an heir.

Aurelia’s family have recently returned to the area and her father has gambling debts which will make it hard to fill marriage dowries for his three daughters; he is pleased when Jonathan approaches him with a proposal about buying some land. A counter-deal includes the hand of one of his daughters as well as the land.

This is a story which begins as a marriage of convenience and ends as so much more. I enjoyed the setting which was different from the many London settings in this genre. There is a lovely inclusion about The Great Exhibition held in 1851, which although only touched upon, was a fascinating addition to this story.

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His parents’ loveless relationship has left silk merchant Jonathan Harcourt suspicious of marriage. But in order to expand his mill and have an heir, he must marry his neighbour Aurelia Upford. Even more surprising than finding himself with a clever, beautiful society wife is the unexpected passion that flares between them, and the unsettling emotions it leads to. Sharing a bed was part of their arrangement, but can Jonathan risk sharing his heart, too?

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT Victorian #Romance FAIR AS A STAR by @MimiMatthewsEsq #TuesdayBookBlog

Today’s team review is from Amy, she blogs here

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Amy has been reading Fair As A Star by Mimi Matthews

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Fair as a Star is the latest Victorian romance by Mimi Matthews.  It tells the story of Beryl Burnham and two brothers who both want Beryl but for very different reasons.  The book begins with Beryl returning from a year-long sojourn to Paris with her aunt.  She returns to pick up where her life left off.  That includes her engagement to Sir Henry Rivenhall.  Once she becomes Lady Rivenhall she and her family will want for nothing.  Money, title, position all come with the marriage.  It’s a perfect arrangement, or is it?  Beryl and Henry are marrying for all the wrong reasons.  Duty and family, while on paper look good, are not the makings of a happy marriage.  Especially when Beryl loves someone else.  Mark Rivenhall is Henry’s younger brother and the village curate, soon to be the vicar.  Mark is Beryl’s dearest friend and confidant who has loved her for years, but is unable to profess this because of her engagement to his brother.

Once settled, Beryl begins her social life once again.  She’s aware that the village is full of rumors about why she fled for Paris, but decides to not let them get to her.  She joins the women’s committee at church, planning a festival and visiting the sick.  On the outside, she appears to be happy and content, the excited bride.  Who wouldn’t be excited when your wedding gown was being made by THE Charles Fredrick Worth?  Beryl spends the rest of her time trying to keep her baby sister out of trouble with Henry. The two have a tumultuous relationship which comes to a heated disagreement over a prize horse.

Beryl’s trip to Paris was under mysterious circumstances that no one outside of her mother, aunt and doctor know about.  Or so she thinks.  When confronted with the knowledge of the secret by Henry, Beryl sees him and their upcoming marriage in a whole new light.  Especially after he confesses what his cure is for her condition once they are married.  However, when you’ve been raised to put your family’s financial security above all else, can you just walk away?

This is the second book by Mimi that I’ve read and I’ve not been disappointed. You can tell she’s done her homework and this results in believable characters, plots, locations and of course fashions.  If you love historical romance you’ll love this book.  It’s the first in a series and I’m hoping to read Winnifred’s story next.  I’m hoping I know who she ends up with and can’t wait to see if I’m right.

Book description

A Secret Burden…

After a mysterious sojourn in Paris, Beryl Burnham has returned home to the village of Shepton Worthy ready to resume the life she left behind. Betrothed to the wealthy Sir Henry Rivenhall, she has no reason to be unhappy—or so people keep reminding her. But Beryl’s life isn’t as perfect as everyone believes.

A Longstanding Love…

As village curate, Mark Rivenhall is known for his compassionate understanding. When his older brother’s intended needs a shoulder to lean on, Mark’s more than willing to provide one. There’s no danger of losing his heart. He already lost that to Beryl a long time ago.

During an idyllic Victorian summer, friends and family gather in anticipation of Beryl and Sir Henry’s wedding. But in her darkest moment, it’s Mark who comes to Beryl’s aid. Can he help her without revealing his feelings—or betraying his brother?

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Of Victorian Romantic #Mystery His Convenient Highland Wedding by @janicegpreston #TuesdayBookBlog

His Convenient Highland Wedding (The Lochmore Legacy, #1)His Convenient Highland Wedding by Janice Preston

4 stars

His Convenient Highland Wedding is a Victorian romantic mystery and book one of The Lochmore Legacy collection. A set of four books, each steps back into history as clues to the secrets are recovered. Book two is set in the Regency era, book three in Tudor times, and the final book is set in the medieval period.

The story opens with a young Flora McCrieff discovering a skeleton with a silver brooch in a forbidden castle tower.

Seven years later, Flora is about to marry a man she has never met. Lachlan McNeill, a self-made businessman, hopes to use Flora’s aristocratic connections to help him sell his new whisky. While Flora’s father agreed to the marriage for financial gain, it left Flora feeling as if she had been sold at a market.

At Lochmore Castle, Flora is lonely while Lachlan deals with his business, and her sheltered upbringing has left her fearful to express her unhappy feelings. Lachlan, in turn, believes that Flora will reject him if she finds out about his past life secrets. The pair must learn to like and trust each other if they want their marriage to work.

I did enjoy the mystery surrounding the silver brooch. My love of Flora and Lachlan grew as their relationship bloomed. I also liked some of Flora’s friends and family, especially those who refused to conform to social conventions. I’m eager to see where the Lochmore Legacy takes us in book two.

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Book description

Bought by her husband…

Bound by secrets of their past!

The start of The Lochmore Legacy – A Scottish castle through the ages! Earl’s daughter Flora McCrieff brought shame on her family once, now she discovers she must wed impossibly rich but low born Lachlan McNeill. He’s undeniably handsome, but a man of few words. Despite the attraction that burns between them, can she reach beyond his impeccable clothing to find the emotions he’s locked away for so long…?

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