I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, my reading tastes, like my writing tastes are eclectic. I enjoy romance is almost any shape, and have long been a proponent of historical romances. My two novels, The Captain’s Promise and The Price of Honor were born from my love of that particular genre, and a couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to read an new historical romance novella by fellow Crimson author, Becky Lower.
An Unconventional Courtship, set in New York City in 1829 is a prequel to Ms. Lower’s other books in her Cotillion Ball series, and having read this one, I can assure you I intend to pick up the others as well.
Here’s the premise:
Find out how the Fitzpatrick family began in this exciting prequel novella to the Cotillion Ball saga.
Charlotte Ashcroft knows her family would never approve of her attending a women’s rights speech in New York City alone. So when a busybody from back home confronts Charlotte, she grabs the man in a jaunty blue hat nearby and introduces him as her escort.
George Fitzpatrick had boarded the new omnibus intent on nothing more than a ride from one point to another. Until that gorgeous young blonde suddenly claimed he was her chaperon. What’s an up-and-coming young banker to do but help a lady out?
Charlotte knows exactly what she wants, but can she convince a man who is her opposite that he can’t live without her?
Sensuality Level: Sensual
I thoroughly enjoyed this short, snappy read. Charlotte Ashcroft is a feisty heroine, unlike many of the simpering women of her day. She knows what she wants and sets out to get it. Interested in the equality of women, she understands the need for a relationship to be based on mutual respect as well as love, and the boy her parents have selected for her, just doesn’t cut it.
Defying her parents and the mores of the day, she and her best friend, Emma, along with a chaperon, Katie, go to see Frances Wright, a women’s rights advocate, speak at a rally, and to get there, they have to take a bus! Imagine that. Three women on a bus, unescorted by a man. Scandalous! Everything seems to be going smoothly, until one of her mother’s busybody friends sees them and then, the fun begins.
Charlotte noticed a young man on the bus, one who appealed to her, and when she sees him again, she latches onto him and tells her mother’s friend that he’s their escort. Luckily for her, the young man is a gentleman and insists on actually fulfilling that role for the event, but for George and Charlotte, this is just the beginning of what’s indeed and unconventional courtship. The lady knows her mind, and what she wants is George.
Do yourselves a favor and, come June 8th when the book is available, pick up a copy. You won’t regret it. It’s a fun, fast, and highly enjoyable read. Or better yet, pre-order the e-book now.
Have a great day!