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Monday, May 11, 2009

Something About Her by Jeannie Ruesch

Something About Her by Jeannie Ruesch
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Full (318 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Michael Ashton, the Duke of Ravensdale, is caught in two scandals, neither of which is his own doing. The first involves a woman (don’t they always), and the second…well, it also involves a woman and a large sum of stolen money. To clear his family name, Michael must track down his charlatan cousin… the same cousin believed to be dead.

Blythe Willoughby Ashton has been married for a year, but hasn’t been a wife for even a day. When she learns of her husband’s death, she just wants to be left alone. Then her husband’s cousin shows up uninvited on her doorstep, looking more handsome than any man should.

He is the one man she knows she shouldn’t trust. She is the one woman he knows he can’t have.

They need some constructive work to do is what I always think when I read about characters of English nobility set in early nineteenth century. BUT, what fun and how intriguing the antics of these characters prove to be. The rules of society, with all their taboos, make living properly something like walking on a tightrope. Jeannie Ruesch creates some fantastic characters that fall off the tightrope and into some complicated schemes that move Something About Her along at a spellbinding pace.

Blythe Aston, having lived a quiet country life with no husband since her wedding day, is jarred out of her secure isolation when her family and absent husband’s cousin and his child appear at Rosemead Manor. “I’m not going to London” becomes her refrain as her family badgers her about going to Town for the season. She admits, “I have horrible judgment when it comes to feelings”—a statement that tells much about her idealistic, compassionate heart. She wants someone to “love her just for her”.

The Adonis-like Michael Aston, Duke of Ravensdale, cousin of Blythe’s absent husband Thomas, shows up at Rosemead with his seven-year-old daughter Bethie and sets the place astir. Determined to expunge the scandal from his family name, he gives Blythe a hard time thinking she is complicit with Thomas in his wrongdoing. He is thrown off balance by her and “He wished just once Blythe would adhere to what he expected of her.” After a time he realizes “He had so much to lose and no way around losing it” but he continues in his mission.

Jeannie Reusch’s smooth writing style slips the reader into the story to mingle with and eavesdrop on the dynamic characters. Bethie, one of these characters, is the catalyst for some major turning points. Her irrepressible yet chameleon personality creates humorous and heartfelt events as the story unfolds.

Something About Her is a splendid tale that takes full advantage of the early nineteenth century mores for high society in England—a super good historical romance that shows forgiveness is not an emotion but it is a choice. DELIGHTFUL READING!