I've loved all the BMB novels and this was no exception. I found the premise intriguing and the characters endearing. I learned a loAnother fun read!
I've loved all the BMB novels and this was no exception. I found the premise intriguing and the characters endearing. I learned a lot more about baseball than I had previously cared to and will watch the game with some more appreciation... when something more exciting isn't on the schedule. I still found a psychological disconnect for Harper's handling of the star pitcher, but at least it made more sense by the end. The romance was cute and it was worth the 3 a.m. bedtime....more
Naturally, after reading Sonnets from the Portuguese: A Celebration of Love by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and hearing the truly romantic tale of her eNaturally, after reading Sonnets from the Portuguese: A Celebration of Love by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and hearing the truly romantic tale of her elopement with fellow poet Robert Browning, I also fell victim to romanticizing the best love story of the Victorian age. As soon as I heard about this book, naturally I had to read it, and I must joyfully admit I found it very different than what I was expecting. The story begins at the tragic death of Elizabeth's brother, Bro, and carries the reader through the first few years of her marriage to Browning. But the focus of the book is less on the clandestine romance between them and more about the development of Elizabeth herself from an invalid spinster to an empowered woman truly in love for the first time in her life. There were a few times I became frustrated with her indecision, but it was never out of character for her to vacillate between obedience and rebellion to her father's strict commands. Reading the notes at the end of the novel were even more fascinating because the events which seemed the least likely to have occurred were actually true incidents in her life--making the story that much more enjoyable. I have to admit this merely fanned the flames of my dormant passion for the Brownings, their life, and their works and I immediately downloaded the letters of Elizabeth and Robert to my phone so I could begin reading their real, unedited words to each other. Can you say obsessive?...more
I found the romance a little less believable than the art descriptions, but I couldn't put this one down. It was predictable in plot, but the main chaI found the romance a little less believable than the art descriptions, but I couldn't put this one down. It was predictable in plot, but the main character grows so much from start to finish that the journey was very enjoyable....more
It was pretty fun and (as always) one I had to read in a single sitting. Miss Billings, on her way to her new post as governess, accidentally gets offIt was pretty fun and (as always) one I had to read in a single sitting. Miss Billings, on her way to her new post as governess, accidentally gets off at the wrong stop and falls in with an acting troupe. Lord Grayson, searching for Miss Billings with a message from her lawyer (really?), becomes injured during a bumbling rescue attempt from a hired highwayman and recovers his senses to discover he's also among the family of thespians. Wanting to avoid any more encounters with his nephew, and desirous of wooing the lovely Miss Billings, Lord Grayson pretends to be a married member of the troupe, casting Miss Billings as his wife in order to fool the Bow Street Runner (and assist his own cause). The side characters are delightful, the hero and heroine rather fun, and the story a great, if improbable romp which falls apart a little at the end. It was nice to have a different sort of hero (overweight, balding, lazy), but I would wish for a better character introduction where we could actually see him in (in)action (like in One Good Turn), because if you discount Lord Grayson's thoughts, there was really little else to distinguish him in action and tone from strapping, tall, dark and handsome heroes that tend to be the norm in romantic fiction. But overall a fine read and I'm definitely adding it to my wishlist....more