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Monday, January 12, 2009

The Education of Portia by Lesley-Anne McLeod

The Education of Portia by Lesley-Anne McLeod
Publisher: Uncial Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Full
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Orange Blossom

Lord Stadbroke's three daughters have come to Portia Crossmichael's school to learn. But it is Portia who receives the education--in love and joy and, most difficult of all, in loss.

In the face of Stadbroke's chauvinism, can she have any hope?

Open the pages to Ms. McLeod’s book and step into the world of Regency England. I love classic literature especially that of Jane Austen and this book is definitely akin to that brand of story from the characters, plot and language. This is a historical novel that will not throw you out of the time period. You might just believe you are actually reading a period piece.

The more I read the more I loved this book and grew to care for these characters and hope for a successful resolution to their problems—both internal and external conflicts. I can’t say enough about these characters. I adored the depiction of the children in the story not to mention the unflappable heroine and her handsome yet sometimes irritating hero (not to the reader but to the heroine). The title of the book speaks of an education and many of the characters in this book learn and grow through the events that transpire, leaving the reader with a satisfying read.

Wonderfully written in a style in tandem with the Regency period this historical novel will not disappoint. I recommend it as both a warm and fuzzy read on a chilly, winter evening but also as a romantic and touching story, sweetly written with just a touch of tension between the hero and heroine to keep the pages turning. A keeper!