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A Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant
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Nov 07, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: first-reads, arc
Read from December 06 to 10, 2011

Historical fiction is not my cup of tea; yet now I have second thoughts!

It's not that I didn't expect to like this book. It is after all a romance novel. Albeit, a historical romance. On the contrary, I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. I was originally deterred by the Old English jargon, but the plot had me enthralled enough to over look the language distraction.

I was surprised (pleasently surprised) by the main female character, Martha Russell's, personality, not at all common in this genre of fiction. Her husband recently passed and has an unjust will. She risks losing everything to his scumbag of a brother unless she is carrying a male heir. Unfortunately she's not pregnant, but no one is the wiser. A rambunctious strapping young lad (my words, not the book) from the city, rumored to be skilled in the bedroom, comes to town...Martha thinks he may be the answer to her predicament.

Ha! But this is not as all how it is sounding. Martha is every aspect of the word "Lady". She was not that way in public and then another way in private. Nope, not at all like a mistress in a historical romance novel. And it didn't take one wink from this playboy to turn her into a porn star. I felt she was a very believable character! To watch their relationship/business partnership blossom from cordial.....tolerable...to affectionate was precious and heart touching.

I am not one to read a book more than once. However, I find myself glad I won this advanced copy through Goodreads First Reads. I anticipate reading this one again in the near future. Cecilia Grant is a debut author and I look forward to seeing what other books she will have to offer. I think I may grow to like historical romance.

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Reading Progress

12/07/2011 "Advance Reader's Edition...Oh Yeah!"
12/07/2011 page 23
7.0% "I didn't read the synopsis first. A few pages in I was rolling my eyes. But man things picked up on the 2nd chapter. I has the promise of scandal. #SuperExcitedNow #BringItOn"
12/08/2011 page 65
19.0% "Martha...Martha...Martha! *smh* Theo, you stone cold fox! #HatsOffToCeciliaGrant"
12/08/2011 page 103
30.0% "Finally. FINALLY! Martha is yielding just a little bit...geez lady, you gave the guy a break. Thank you."
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