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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Love Will Bloom by Eliza Knight

Love Will Bloom by Eliza Knight
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Historical
Length: Short (84 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Orchid

After the death of her parents, Miss Lillian Whitmore travels to London to live with her aunt and uncle, the Duke and Duchess of Suffolk. Sick with grief, guilt and loneliness, and shunned by her aunt and cousins, Lillian is constantly reminded of her ignorance of society customs. Forced to find a husband, she encounters two men who vie for her affections--handsome, poised Lord Dominick Wade and the sensuous rake, Sir Trenton--but the skeletons in Lillian's closet keep her from making a choice.

Expectations are high for Lord Dominick Wade to marry a woman of social stature, but the American beauty has literally wreaked havoc with his senses. Lillian is everything Dominick wants in a companion, lover and wife. Even more rankling is his competition, Sir Trenton, and the influence he holds over her.

Fate will decide this season which love will wither…and which will bloom.

A young American woman who blames herself for the death of her parents, is catapulted into Regency society when she goes to live with her father's brother. Although the Duke is delighted to have her as part of his family, his wife and daughters are not so enthusiastic and make life unpleasant for the unhappy American.

Lillian Whitmore has no idea what is expected of her in this alien society. She knows she is expected to find a husband, but her aunt warns her not to set her sights too high. Two men attract her attention. Unfortunately Lord Dominic Wade, Earl of Wessex is a guest of her uncle and her aunt has decided a true daughter of the house will be the one to marry him.

Poor Lillian. She stumbles through society, confused by what's right and what's wrong. Even when she does what she believes is correct, she finds her aunt and cousins turn against her. Her aunt leads her to believe she has no dowry and must think herself lucky if someone offers for her.

Her emotions still in turmoil from the loss of her parents, she finds it difficult to distinguish between attraction and love. Two men loom large in her life, Dominic and Sir Trenton. Sir Trenton says he likes her for herself while Dominic openly admits he is fascinated by everything American.

Regency romances hold a special place on my bookshelves. I enjoyed this book, but in places I found it hard to believe Lillian's reasoning. I know she's naïve but at times this is slightly unbelievable. This slight hiccup was the only thing to mar my enjoyment.

Dominic is a very determined young man, but his communication skills aren't that brilliant. This caused confusion both to himself, Lillian and her uncle's family.

Dominic continuously rescues Lillian from embarrassing situations thereby raising her hopes, only to dash them down afterwards. Sir Trenton's actions usually bring about the need for rescue, but he truly seems to care for Lillian and she feels drawn to him. Why then does she feel so unhappy when her aunt tells her Dominic and her cousin have become engaged?

Love Will Bloom is a good story which will be enjoyed by regency lovers. It has all the essentials readers expect from this genre packed into a smaller than usual size book. A very pleasant afternoon's read.