Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Book Review & Giveaway!



I was excited to be part of the blog tour for Jen Geigle Johnson's new book, The Nobleman's Daughter. The back copy looked really good and I settled in for a wonderful afternoon of reading.

The premise is a duke's daughter named Amanda wants to have more to her life. She wants freedom to choose her own destiny and maybe even someday vote. Unfortunately, society is not ready for those ideas, but she does get caught up in a series of events that will forever change her.

I thought the author did a wonderful job interweaving history with a fast-paced fictional romance. She also shone a light on a little known historical event that good people fought and died for and was very true to the time period and setting surrounding it. The tension and pacing were on point and I was turning pages as fast as I could to see how it would turn out! The characters were three dimensional and the hero, Nathaniel, was especially swoon-worthy. He's an aristocrat hiding a double life and trying to figure out his feelings for Amanda. His care for her was sweet and his core beliefs in freedom were admirable. He was just so easy to relate to and readers will definitely want him to get his happily-ever-after. Amanda, our heroine, is sixteen years old when the book opens, and seventeen/eighteen during the majority of the story. Her decisions at times, reflect her youth and immaturity, as she runs headlong into danger and must be rescued numerous times. (Lucky for her, Nathaniel is a patient man.) This is not a detriment for the storyline, however, because Amanda does have a well-developed growth arc that make it believable. I thought the romance was a nice backdrop to the intrigue and secrets as the fight for freedom is fought from the streets, as well as the back gardens and ballrooms of London. 

Historical fiction fans will really enjoy this one and I will definitely be looking for more from this author!

Be sure to scroll all the way down and enter the giveaway!

Here's the back copy:

England, 1819

While British high society primps and plays, the impoverished citizens of London languish. But there are those fighting for the freedom of common citizens—including two members of the aristocracy who secretly champion revolution. In the drawing rooms of the upper class, Lady Amanda and Lord Nathaniel flirt and tease with the best of them as she pretends to win every heart in London for sport, and he, to conquer them. But in truth, their flirtation is merely a fa├žade designed to keep their clandestine actions hidden from the ton—and from each other. When Nathaniel presents himself as a potential suitor, the attraction between the two is undeniable—but the faces they portray to the world are not enough to win each other’s hearts.

While their crusade for London’s poor unites them more deeply than they could imagine, Amanda and Nathaniel struggle to trust one another with their true ideals and identities. But when the call to action leads Amanda into the path of danger, she can only hope that Nathaniel will see through her frivolous pretense. Because now, only the aid of the suitor she loves most—but trusts least—can save her.



Blog Tour Schedule:

*Nov. 6th: http://thoroughlyhere.blogspot.com, http://www.rockinbookreviews.com

*Nov. 7th: http://www.wishfulendings.com, http://www.blogginboutbooks.com, https://brightlystreet.com

*Nov. 8th: http://ldswritermom.blogspot.com, http://mybookaday.blogspot.com, http://bonnieharris.blogspot.com

*Nov. 9th: https://ldsandlovinit.blogspot.com, https://www.singinglibrarianbooks.com/blogs.html, http://minreadsandreviews.blogspot.com

*Nov. 10th: http://lisaisabookworm.blogspot.com, http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com

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