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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Gypsy Legacy: The Earl by Denise Patrick

Gypsy Legacy: The Earl by Denise Patrick
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Victorian Historical
Length: Full (206 pages)
Heat: Lightly Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Orange Blossom

A panther. A prince. A promise. Can destiny tie the knot?

During a magical childhood summer, a gypsy woman gave Lady Amanda Cookeson a black panther statuette, promising that the man who came to claim it would also claim her heart. Amanda believes the Earl of Wynton is the prince she has awaited. Yet his reluctance to declare them anything more than friends leaves her wondering if she waited in vain.

If he wasn’t the last of his line, Jon Kenton, Earl of Wynton, wouldn’t marry at all. Since leaving his inheritance to the Crown is out of the question, however, he is compelled to search for the statuette his great-grandmother promised him. His quest leaves him empty handed—and secretly relieved. Finding the statuette would mean embracing the gypsy roots he has long denied.

Amanda is perfect countess material: lovely, admirable and—he thinks—statueless. Their passion is unquenchable…until the gypsy magic Jon thought he’d buried nearly destroys his future with Amanda.

How easy it is to fall in love…while reading a Denise Patrick novel, that is. Having read the first two books in this series, I was so looking forward to reading The Earl. Ms. Patrick’s crisp, engaging writing style makes it very easy to fall into this story and find out how Jon gains his HEA.

Jon is a character the reader is acquainted with as you begin the 3rd book in the series. It becomes obvious that has no desire to marry if he had a choice. He enjoys being a bachelor. But he needs to carry on the family name and sire an heir. But he doesn’t want any strings. If he had a choice, he’d marry someone he can carry on a conversation with, but one without the complication of passion and love.

Amanda was told years ago by a Gypsy that she would marry a handsome gypsy prince one day. She was given a black panther with emerald eyes and it didn’t take long to figure out the 'prince' was her friend Felicia's brother, Jon. Jon's been away on the continent for three years. He returns in the midst of the London season just as she’s considering an offer of marriage. She wishes he'd waited a little while longer to return. Then she might be married and content. But now that she's seen Jon, danced with Jon she can’t imagine any other man can make her happy Amanda is a good sort of girl. Sweet and demure when needed, but one with a head on her shoulders—and an educated one at that. She loves to read and not just novels but the classics in their original language. She even teaches arithmetic in the local girl’s school even after the curriculum changes to more of domestic studies.

You really feel for Amanda. She is the one chosen for Jon. She loves him desperately and he seems to have no interest in her even though he does have a strong attraction to her which he ignores. He doesn't want to deal with an entanglement of the heart.

One of the things I love about a Denise Patrick historical novel is the intricate description. She does such a terrific job of setting the scene that you truly believe you're there. She also has a way of writing believable 19th century dialogue and gets into the head and the way of thinking of a time long past.

The first two books in the series concerned Jon’s two sisters and they contained a strong ‘Gothic’ tone with a woman in trouble. That’s was really something that set these novels apart from other historicals. Though I thoroughly enjoyed this book, that Gothic storytelling was missing from the 3rd novel. Having said that, it is still a very well written story with believable characters and a story that will touch your heart.