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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Pumpkinnapper by Linda Banche

Pumpkinnapper by Linda Banche
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Regency Historical, holiday
Length: Short (75 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Orange Blossom

Pumpkin thieves, a youthful love rekindled, and a jealous goose. Oh my!

Last night someone tried to steal the widowed Mrs. Emily Metcalfe's pumpkins. She's certain the culprit is her old childhood nemesis and the secret love of her youth, whom she hasn't seen in ten years.

Henry, Baron Grey has never forgotten the girl he loved, but couldn’t pursue, and so decides to catch Emily's would-be thief. Even after she reveals his childhood nickname--the one he would rather forget. And even after her jealous pet goose bites him in an embarrassing place.

Oh, the things a man will do for love.

It's a Regency era All Hallows Eve tale full of hilarity, a dashing hero and a darling heroine, a nuisance of a goose and possibly a spirit or two. What’s not to like?

This novella opens with a hilarious scene as the lovely Emily Browne Metcalf openly accuses Henry, Baron of Grey of being a Pumpkinapper. ‘Whatever is a pumpkin anyway?’ he wonders. And how is a gentleman to disagree with a lady—a lady he’d not forgotten since his youth.

Pumpkinnapper may be a funny tale on the surface, but it’s a reunion love story (my favorite kind). The emotions and passions are already there. They only beg to be stirred up until they come surging to the surface. Emily and Henry (or Hank) were an absolute joy to read. Obviously meant to be together, their interaction is witty and smart. I found the pages whisked by far faster than I realized.

Ms. Banche writes in a lovely style utilizing many Regency era phrases in her dialogue that made it realistic and believable. Totally cute and enjoyable from beginning to end. It is escapist literature at its best. Do yourself a favor and get a copy of the Pumpkinnapper. It may be a short lively read but the characters and writing will stay with you long after the end.