Thursday, March 9, 2017

A Fine Gentleman by Sarah M. Eden {Blog Tour Review and Giveaway}

A Fine Gentleman by Sarah M. Eden
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2017 by Covenant Communications, Inc. (first published December 8th 2008)          

London barrister Jason Jonquil has spent his entire life working to establish his identity as a gentleman, a man of refinement like his father and brothers. But when fiery Spanish beauty Mariposa Thornton walks into his office, he finds himself losing his grasp on his dignified character. The woman is infuriating, pushing him to the limit of his legendary patience. However, her case seems simple enough—a small matter of inheritance. Or so he believes.

Once a well-born lady, Mariposa fought to survive the brutalities of Napoleon’s war on Spain. She braved horrific perils and undertook dangerous missions on behalf of those fighting against the invading French army. But her greatest battle still lies ahead: after being separated from her family, Mariposa sets in motion a plan to reunite with her loved ones in England. To avoid drawing the attention of the French, Mariposa dons a carefully crafted persona to conceal her true purpose. As Jason and Mariposa are drawn together by the case, they come to know the people beneath the masks they both wear.

When the truth of Mariposa’s quest is revealed, the couple is pulled into a mystery that will test the limits of their courage—and expose the true desire of their hearts.


My Review: 5 Stars

I'm not someone who can usually think up spur-of-the-moment comebacks and witty dialog...until way after the conversation has ended. Then I can think of a million things that I should've said. Mariposa has a plan and it takes some tricky plays on words and purposeful misinterpretations to set this plan into motion. The result is an amusing banter between a daring and beautiful woman and a serious and uptight barrister, which seriously made me laugh out loud at times, especially as their roots emerge.

I loved being given another story about the fabulous Jonquil family and Jason is a very interesting brother to get to know better. I loved the glimpses of his brothers and the way he feels about each of them. I loved "hearing" his thoughts on his family. I could literally picture the sarcasm and eye rolls.

The way these characters interact gave me smile after smile and it's especially tender to discover who they truly are and what motivates them. I loved peeling those layers off throughout the book and was treated to a fantastic story. Any happy ending is only made sweeter by the battles fought to get there and I truly felt that there were battles fought (and won) on many levels, which only a great author can pull off. Overall, I was delighted by it all.

Content: mild romance; very mild talk of war.

*I received a complimentary copy through the publisher, which did not affect my thoughts or opinions in any way.*


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About the Author:

Sarah M. Eden
Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today bestselling author of multiple historical romances, including AML's "2013 Novel of the Year" and Foreword Review’s 2013 “IndieFab Book of the Year” gold medal winner for Best Romance, Longing for Home, and the Whitney Award's "2014 Novel of the Year," Longing for Home: Hope Springs. Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a Bachelor's degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. Sarah lives with her husband, kids, and mischievous dog in the shadow of a snow-capped mountain she has never attempted to ski.                


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