I've really enjoyed Jen Geigle Johnson's books and was excited to see that she'd teamed up with four other authors to bring us a Regency House Party series of novellas! Each book is set at the same house party, and while they are standalone stories, you do get to see characters from other books in the series.
I read Tabitha's Folly and it was a really fun read. Tabitha is watched over by her four brothers and their handsome neighbor/best friend while they all attend a house party. She chafes under her brothers' overprotectiveness and wishes that Henry, the neighbor, would notice that she's not a little girl anymore, but a woman. But if Henry admits his attraction to Tabitha, could he ever win her brothers over to his pursuit of their sister and maintain their friendship?
I really enjoyed Henry's character and the sweet moments he has with Tabitha. He's such a good mix of vulnerability and kindness, yet he's still strong and protective. (I think the poetry scene between them was my favorite, but it would be hard to choose.) The author does a wonderful job of really letting the author experience all of Tabitha's emotions as she tries to navigate through the situations she finds herself in. She's a very relatable character and someone you'd want to be friends with. Tabitha and Henry's journey to love is full of twists and turns, as well as several laugh out loud moments. For example, Henry must compete with a singing footman, maintain his camaraderie with Tabitha's brothers and still make an attempt to woo the woman who's he's only recently realized has stolen his heart. There are some great scenes for both of them in those instances and it's plain to see that love is definitely not easy in any time period.
I think readers will enjoy all the shenanigans and sigh-worthy moments as Tabitha and Henry work to overcome all the obstacles in their way and reach for their chance at love. I'm excited to read the other four novellas!
Here's the back copy:
Tabitha's Folly is one of Five books all set at the same Regency House Party Series. While each is a standalone story, watch our characters mingle together with others from the books in the series. The stories can be read in any order.
Lady Tabitha Easton recklessly dodges four over-protective brothers while trying to gain attention from the man who holds her heart. She has many choices of suitors, and with Henry as disinterested as ever, she turns to what is wholly forbidden, an irresistibly handsome footman. While their friendship grows, her trust in him increases while her hurt and doubt in her childhood love and friend pushes her away from all she's ever known as family.
When Lord Henry Courtenay discovers a new attraction to his childhood friend, his role as one of her chaperones at the house party becomes near impossible. Irrationally defensive about any potential suitors and seeking time alone with the enticing Tabby, maintaining friendship with her brothers proves more difficult than he ever imagined. His task becomes all the more difficult when she refuses to understand his growing attraction and often finds herself in almost compromising situations.
When Tabitha's choices might lead her to danger, and doubt and distrust are high, Henry must prove himself or lose her forever.