Are you guys ready for a swoon worthy historical romance? What am I saying? Of COURSE you are! Now if Anna Bennett looks a bit familiar that's because she used to write books as Anne Barton. I loved her books as Anne Barton and it seems like the magic follows in the first book of the Wayward Wallflowers series!
Fortunately, a few years and a few careers later, Anna found her way back to writing the stories she loves and won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart®. She lives in Maryland with her husband and three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen. Other weaknesses include reality TV, cute shoes, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.
Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: October 4, 2016
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William Ryder, Earl of Castleton, is at the end of his noble rope. Not only has he broken ties with his longtime mistress, his mother has publicly announced her wish for him to marry a suitable young lady―if only to help him raise the twins left in his care. Hiring a governess should solve some of Will’s problems…but when he meets the candidate in question, he finds himself in an entirely new predicament.
TO DO A WALLFLOWER’S JOB
Miss Margaret Lacey is brainy, beautiful, and, once upon a time, Will’s betrothed. But she bowed out of the engagement―and, since then, has never been the same. A tragic accident robbed her of everything, and now, at age twenty-three, her marital prospects are slim to none. Penniless but not without pride, Meg convinces the vexingly handsome Will to hire her for the job. What neither of them could have expected from this arrangement, however, is an attraction that burns stronger than ever. Are these two lost souls finally ready to be schooled in the art of love?
Anna Bennett’s first book in the Wayward Wallflowers book was just so darn romantic I couldn’t help falling in love with the characters and the story itself! So the setup is that years ago Margaret Lacey turned down and embarrassed William Ryder when she refused to obey her parents’ wishes and marry him. That decision lead to events that left Meg and her sisters with next to nothing and she decides to get a job. As (bad) luck would have it, Will is in need of a governess for the twin girls left in his care and the persistent Meg convinces Will to hire her, putting them both in the position of spending too much time together. Unfortunately, Will’s mother has publicly announced that she wants her son to marry a suitable woman within a certain amount of time and well, that just makes things even more complicated.
Meg for all her pride and stubbornness was an awesome heroine because she was a woman trying to save herself and her family on her own. I couldn’t fault her for that and I couldn’t fault her for being cautious around Will and not immediately accepting his help. They did have an unpleasant history. She was sometimes a touch too stubborn and her pride was both her biggest asset and her biggest flaw but what would a heroine be without flaws? She would be boring that’s what she would be and Meg was anything but boring. She was quick with her responses when she verbally sparred with Will but at the same time she was self conscious. My one big complaint about Meg was that her guilt over the events in her youth was sometimes overwhelming and the romantic aspects of the story sometimes got lost in those moments.
But when Meg’s guilt wasn’t hogging the spotlight she and Will were an “Aww” inducing couple. These two just couldn’t help but gravitate towards one another and the way Anna Bennett brought their passionate relationship to life was nothing short of swoon worthy. I really enjoyed the supporting cast too. Meg’s sisters seemed to be just as proud and loving as she was so I’m really looking forward to their stories. And you know what? I’m not a fan of kids in romance but I thought Will’s twin wards were a great addition to the story and helped push the plot forward in some places. They weren’t annoying nor did they monopolize the story. All in all a good balance between romance and family. The pace was pretty steady throughout the book as well and I never found myself getting bored or needing a break. It was an easy and fun read from start to finish.
Final Verdict: Anna Bennett's first book in her Wayward Wallflowers series is full of the stuff only the best historical romances are made of and shouldn't be missed.
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