The Makings of a Lady
Be calm, she thought.
Be gracious. Be twenty-two.
Lady Olivia Fanton is eager to prove she’s no longer a child. However, just as she thinks she’s found a suitable match in the suave Mr Manning, charismatic Captain Jem Ford walks back into her life, bringing with him all the embarrassment of her infatuation four years before! She’s determined to appear mature, distant, and friendly. But does she dare hope he’ll notice her as the lady she’s become?
Catherine Tinley writes heart-warming Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings. After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, NHS management, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now works in Sure Start. She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, cat, and dog and can be reached at catherinetinley.com, as well as on Facebook and Twitter .
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Lady Olivia Fanton is eager to prove she is no longer a child and that she has gotten over her silly schoolgirl infatuation with Jem Ford. Jem and his sister Lizzie are due to visit and Olivia is determined to prove that she has moved on, but that would be so much easier if she had a suitor and as her family has retired to the country for her sister in law’s confinement, suitors are few and far between.
But the morning Jem is due to arrive, it seems Olivia’s prayers for a suitor will be realized, when she meets the handsome and dashing Mr. George Manning, who just happens to be a guest of her dear friend and neighbor, the Foxley’s. He steals a kiss and leaves her reeling.
Jem Ford loved Olivia from almost the moment they met years ago. She helped him heal after Waterloo and was his dearest friend. But as a lowly ensign with no fortune or prospects, he had nothing to offer her and unknowingly broke her heart when he left for a post Australia, hoping to improve his standing. But a twist of fate has returned him to England and Olivia. He is now a gentleman of means having inherited an estate from a distant cousin. He is eager to see Olivia again, but nervous as well – will she still care for him?
This was a very sweet story and fans of Jane Austen will appreciate Ms. Tinley’s writing style. The story has several surprises, more than one kidnapping, a couple of kisses (no love scenes at all – so if you are Regency purist – this book is for you!), a nasty villain, a lot of secondary characters and finally a HEA. Personally, I found the story to be a little predictable and the miscommunications between Olivia and Jem dragged on way too long, but it is well written and stays on point despite the numerous secondary characters. This is the third book in the series, but I didn’t read the previous books and had no problems following the saga in this story.
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by the publisher*