Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Book Review and Giveaway!

I am thrilled to be part of the blog tour for Sarah Eden's new book, A Fine Gentleman. She is one of my very favorite authors and this book is part of her Jonquil brothers series---one that I've been waiting forever for. And it was worth it!

Jason Jonquil is a very successful barrister and he works hard to observe every propriety. He wants to live up to his father's example of a gentleman. His life is predictable, but he's fine with that---or so he thinks. When Mariposa Thornton walks into his office and entirely upends him, he's not sure what to do, yet, as a gentleman, he's bound to help her.

Mariposa has one mission---to find her family. She goes to the man who seems most qualified to help her, but doesn't give him all the details. Trusting anyone with that would be dangerous. So she pretends to be someone she's not so Jason won't see how very desperate she is. But will that decision come back to haunt her if Jason ever finds out her true purpose?

Sarah Eden is one of my favorite authors because she delivers a layered plot, with realistic characters, and, as a reader, I know I'll be lost in her story and truly experience the emotions of it. I love how she connects people and that talent truly shines in A Fine Gentleman. We see the Jonquil family connections and they aren't all rosy and happy, but they're real and difficult sometimes, just like any other family. I like how each character puts on a public face to hide hurts and wounds, as we all do, and yet each character wants to let another person in, to show their inner self and truly be loved for who they are. That's why her characters are so easy for her readers to love and feel like old friends!

Jason is a sigh-worthy hero because of how much he grows during this story. He has a perfect public face, but Mariposa is just the one to bring out his inner self and show him how to truly be the gentleman he claims he is. I love how even when he's exasperated with her, he's drawn to her. Some of his early scenes with Mariposa are laugh out loud funny, and the tender scenes between them will make you awww. It was also nice to see Jason's older brother Philip and hear about Corbin's marriage and Stanley's adventures. I hope Stanley gets his own story!

Mariposa is such a strong heroine. She's been through the horrors of war and done what she had to in order to survive. During her escape from Spain, she became separated from her family so she's in England to find them and needs Jason's help. I love how she can read Jason so well, and how she's able to really see beyond his persona. Even though some heavy events surround her, Mariposa still has some wonderfully light-hearted moments and it's easy to identify with her. And I'll never look at turnips or potatoes the same again!

This is another Sarah Eden book that will have a place of honor on my rainy day shelves. Be sure to clear your schedule before you start A Fine Gentleman because you won't want to put it down! Can't wait for the next one!

You can download your Kindle copy here

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Here's the back copy:

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.

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