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The Heir of Brownlie Manor by Anita Stansfield
After a medical discharge from his duties in the Napoleonic War, Thomas Quincy Fitzbatten has returned home. Disoriented, burdened by guilt for his wealth, and disillusioned with life's injustices, Thomas longs for a chance to make a difference in the world. But he keeps himself a mystery to those around him, and another motive for his charity gnaws at the back of his mind: to seek redemption from the traumatic demons of war.
Then everything changes at the arrival of Ruth Dawson, the niece of Thomas's butler, a stunning woman with a secret of her own. Thomas graciously offers to assist Ruth in her predicament, but a surprise instinct prompts Thomas to handle the case a little more personally—through marriage.
As their love blossoms, it appears that all will be well—until Thomas receives a mysterious letter from an old friend in trouble, compelling him to the rescue. But what will Thomas do when nothing is as it seems? And why can't Ruth shake the feeling that her destiny is intertwined with Thomas's in a way they could never have imagined?
I really enjoy clean Regency Romance novels, so even though I didn't care for the last book I read by Anita Stansfield I couldn't help but agree to review The Heir of Brownlie Manor. The cover is simple, but excellent for this genre. It would definitely catch my attention at a book store or library.
I was quite intrigued by the beginning of the book. I loved the way Thomas' parents raised him, and how they treated their servants so well. The relationship was so unlike everyone else in their high society, but it was refreshing. Thomas' willingness to help his butler's niece, Ruth, was really unique, and then it went so much beyond the norm. Even though it didn't fit the mold, I was happy for the choice he made.
The middle of the story really dragged for me. It kept repeating over and over how Thomas and Ruth thought life was too good to be true. I'm not the most patient reader and I just wanted them to get on with whatever tragedy was surely coming.
When tragedy finally struck the story became quite the soap opera. While I usually enjoy characters and situations that don't fit the mold, everything that came about was over the top for me.
I generally really enjoy Regency romances, so I was excited to get this book. Sadly, this one just didn't do it for me. I was never able to become emotionally involved with the characters in this book. Thomas and Ruth's relationship and growing romance just seemed to happen way too easy, and there didn't seem to be any depth to it.
I was hoping that once I got to the climax of the book that it would get more interesting, but even that part fell flat. Unfortunately, this book just was not for me.
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