Monday, September 19, 2016

The Second Season by Heather Chapman {Review}

The Second Season by Heather Chapman
Published September 1st 2016 by Sweetwater Books

Eleanor Hopkins has lived in disappointment for far too long believing that her husband only married her for fortune, and she determines to protect her own daughters from such misery by scheming to secure offers for both Lucy and Caroline based on mutual rank and reputation. When Caroline finds that the handsome and reputable Lord Searly desires her as his wife, she finds that no amount of planning or pretending can convince her to accept him. Instead, she is confronted with an unexpected and reluctant suitor in the respectable shoemaker Thomas Clark.


My Review: 4 Stars

The story begins with the mother's match and then quickly moves to the current season with her daughters, Lucy and Caroline, as the central characters. As the story progresses, the reader is treated to flashbacks of Eleanor's season. Eleanor believes that her husband only married her for her money and she doesn't want that kind of marriage for her daughters--she wants them to be happy. But what is the definition of happiness? It becomes apparent that happiness means different things to different people.

I was able to relate quite well to the characters in this book. My husband and I haven't been married for quite as long as Eleanor's 25 years of marriage, but sometimes, looking back on those courtship times can bring back good feelings and help a person see things in a different or new light. As a mother, I want what's best for my children, but I'm learning that what I think is best, most important, or will give them the best future isn't necessarily what they desire or need. I cannot live vicariously through my kids, as much as I'd sometimes like to.

Lord Searly is smitten with Caroline, but she is quite determined to push him away, much to everyone's dismay. She desires a quieter, simpler life and finds an unlikely suitor who could bring those dreams to life. I love their verbal spars and his reactions are hilarious, but the real endearing and touching moments are with her untitled man.

For me, every good story has good relationships. Caroline and Lucy are sisters, but also best friends. I love the angle that gives a third romance life in this story--that of Lucy's. The dynamics of cousins, friends, suitors, siblings, and more really breathes life into this book.

This is a great read for those who enjoy a clean Regency romance with some fantastic characters.

Content: mild romance. Clean!

*I received a copy through the publisher in exchange for an honest review*


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About the Author:

Heather Chapman currently resides in Soda Springs, Idaho, with her husband and four children. She graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University. Heather has worked in various administrative assistant roles and as an event planner. Heather has also worked as a piano accompanist and piano teacher on the side. She currently spends her time writing and working as a stay-at-home mother. 

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