Friday, March 31, 2017

A Fine Gentleman by Sarah M Eden

A Fine Gentleman
by Sarah M. Eden
Length: 256 pages
File Size: 1757 KB
Pub Date: March 1, 2017
by Covenant Communications
Current ebook price: $9.99
Source: Won a print copy from the author

Synopsis (from Goodreads): London barrister Jason Jonquil has spent his entire life working to establish his identity as a gentleman, a man of refinement like his father and brothers. But when fiery Spanish beauty Mariposa Thornton walks into his office, he finds himself losing his grasp on his dignified character. The woman is infuriating, pushing him to the limit of his legendary patience. However, her case seems simple enough—a small matter of inheritance. Or so he believes.

Once a well-born lady, Mariposa fought to survive the brutalities of Napoleon’s war on Spain. She braved horrific perils and undertook dangerous missions on behalf of those fighting against the invading French army. But her greatest battle still lies ahead: after being separated from her family, Mariposa sets in motion a plan to reunite with her loved ones in England. To avoid drawing the attention of the French, Mariposa dons a carefully crafted persona to conceal her true purpose. As Jason and Mariposa are drawn together by the case, they come to know the people beneath the masks they both wear.

When the truth of Mariposa’s quest is revealed, the couple is pulled into a mystery that will test the limits of their courage—and expose the true desire of their hearts.

My Thoughts:

Ah, Sarah Eden, thank you for taking us back into the world of the Jonquil brothers. The more I get to know these brothers, the more I come to love them. In A Fine Gentleman we get to know Jason Jonquil. We start to see cracks in the outer shell that he has worked so hard to erect; and better come to understand what made him feel the need to build it.

The best part about each of the Jonquil books, and more particularly  this one, is the relationships we see develop and strengthen between the characters. There is so much more to this story than a simple love story between a seemingly flighty Mariposa (who is much wiser than she at first may seem) and the stuffy barrister. We see brothers struggle to understand one another; learn of relationships forged in the hardships of war; a young woman's devotion to her brother; the devotion between grandmother and grand daughter; and of course romance.

Dialogue is one of Eden's strengths and A Fine Gentleman doesn't disappoint in this arena either. The way Mariposa talks Jason in circles makes me want to cheer at her wit.

There is no denying that I am an Eden fan, and more particularly a fan of Eden's Regency books. This one is worth the $9.99 price point!

Rating: 5 stars

Content: clean

*I won my copy of this book with no stipulation that I provide a review

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