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10.16.2013

A Reluctant Courtship ~ Review

A Reluctant Courtship
The Daughters of Bainbridge House #3
By Laurie Alice Eakes

Honore Bainbridge has been banished to the family estate after her two disastrous romances.  Hidden away from London society and shunned by Devonshire's social elite Honore is expected to stay out of trouble, but is this too much to ask?

A Reluctant Courtship continues the Bainbridge saga as Honore Bainbridge struggles with her doubts about her own judgment, especially where men are concerned.  After all her two romances were disasters - a murderer and a traitor.  Though she finds herself intrigued by Lord Ashmoor, an American under suspicion of traitorous acts will not improve her standing or her reputation.  But  with smugglers and escaping prisoners roaming the countryside Honore has little choice but to trust Lord Ashmoor.

Meric Poole, the new Lord Ashmoor is in search of a wife whose family ties and social standing will elevate him above the suspicions circulating about him because of murder charges brought against his father and his American ties.  What's a lord to do when the lady who captures his eye is not above approach?

A Reluctant Courtship is a lovely story set in 1813 England and it follows the youngest Bainbridge daughter as she struggles to do what is right and to re-establish her relationship with God.  Honore and Meric both learn to place value in what is truly important and not in what society places high regard on.  This is story of forgiveness and mercy.

I was provided a copy of this book by Revell in exchange for my honest review.

Available October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
A woman without a prospect. A man without a homeland. Can love give them a future?

Honore Bainbridge has been courted by two men, one of whom turned out to be a traitor, the other a murderer. Banished to her family's country estate, where she will hopefully stay out of trouble, she finally meets the man she is sure is exactly right for her: Lord Ashmoor. Tall, dark, and handsome--what more could a girl ask for?

But he too is under suspicion because of his American upbringing and accusations that he has helped French prisoners escape from Dartmoor Prison. If he's to keep out of a British prison himself and secure his place in British society, Lord Ashmoor needs a wife beyond reproach--something the vexingly beautiful Honore certainly is not. Though they find themselves drawn to each other, family obligations may conspire to keep them apart forever.

For the sake of her heart, Honore determines to prove Ashmoor's innocence--even if doing so risks her own life.

From the first sentence, award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes thrusts you into high drama amid the rocky cliffs of Devonshire, England, and keeps you suspended there until the final page.