Monday, December 30, 2013

A Wedding in Springtime by Amanda Forester

A Wedding in Springtime by Amanda Forester

London, Spring 1810: Ten minutes into her societal debut, Eugenia Talbot was ruined.  So starts A Wedding in Springtime. 

It was the Lord Chamberlain’s fault really.  He’s the one whose bodily functions so melodiously tainted Queen Charlotte’s sitting room.  And drat growing up with brothers who taught her the crasser side of humor.  And that man who was barely suppressing his laughter – no one looked upon him with glares of shame.  Giggling, and not being able to properly contain it (especially when that grinning man winked at her) when being first introduced to the Queen is unforgivable to society.  She best find someone to marry her and quick, before her reputation precedes her throughout the ton.

What was so refreshing about this book was the well drawn secondary characters.  Everyone you meet in this book seems real and not just a cardboard cutout or stereotype.  From the dowager duchess to her chaperone these are fully realized characters with lives, desires and dreams.  And the two main characters are simply nice people with great senses of humor.  Do they have their flaws?  Of course.  Do they fall victim to simple misunderstandings?  Of course they do, this is a historical romance after all, but their actions and reactions are understandable in the circumstances. 

The scene is set for more in this series and I am looking forward to reading the next: A Midsummer Bride.