The Earl's Betrothal

by Karen Tuft

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Wounded both mentally and physically from the Peninsular War in 1812, Anthony returns home to find that his older brother has died, placing Anthony next in line to inherit the estate. But he's not ready for such responsibilities. And when Anthony's dying father pleads with him to marry and produce an heir to preserve the family title, it nearly sends Anthony over the edge; nevertheless he dutifully faces a long line of hopeful young ladies who await him. No one grabs his attention, though, like Amelia Clarke, his mother's stunning companion, who is off-limits for the earl. But when Anthony unwittingly puts Amelia in a compromising situation, he dedicates himself to protecting her reputation.

But the horrors Anthony faced while away from home have left him feeling broken and tormented. And Anthony finds himself drawn to Miss Clarke, the only one who can chase away his demons, but he must overcome the hostility of a society driven by class, a jealous duke bent on revenge, and himself—for could Amelia ever really love a haunted man?

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PublishedMay 2016
Pages264

About the Author

Karen Tuft

Karen Tuft was born with a healthy dose of curiosity about pretty much everything, so as a child she taught herself to read and play the piano. She studied composition at BYU then graduated from the University of Utah in music theory as a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda honor societies. In addition to being an author, Karen is a wife, mother, pianist, composer, and arranger. She has spent countless hours backstage and in orchestra pits for theater productions along the Wasatch Front. She also has a 75 percent success rate when it comes to matchmaking and is a big believer in happy endings. Among her varied interests, she likes to figure out what makes people tick, wander through museums, and travel—whether by car, plane, or paperback.

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(based upon 10 reviews)

Love, love this book!!
By , Submitted on 2017-07-24

I fell in love with the characters, it was so beautiful and real this is just such a good book I couldn't put it down till I was done!! Great work!! Again wow!!

The Earl's Betrothal
By , Submitted on 2016-10-11

I began reading this book with the thought that it would be another relaxing, predictable, yet delightful, story...I was wrong. It had my interest captivated from the first page. I could not put it down until I was through reading the last page! Although it was somewhat predictable, it held enough twists and unexpected events, that it was not the least boring. Reader beware! You will experience various emotions you did not expect to. This is a story as a few brave women began to seek education and want to expand her sense of value. ..When a few foresighted men found these type of women attractive.
The characters were so real and present day individuals will relate to the PTDS which has been experienced throughout history by many caring individuals caught up in War. Women will feel the rage at the injustice of single women not allowed to hold property titles, to be educated and hired in a cognitive position in society, and valued so little by many.  The background scenes are very easily visioned by clear descriptiveness.
The Book Cover is appealing and the Title fitting.
This book earns a Four and a Half Stars rating from me.
*I was gifted this book but it in no way obligates ne to post a positive review.

Unhurried & a natural pace, this book is a delight to all Regency Romance fans!
By , Submitted on 2016-09-14

Sweet & moving story, with two characters from opposite places in society, that break the rules and fall in love. Regency romances are my favourite, and I've read a lot of them. Sometimes you can get the feeling that you've read this plot before. In 'The Earl's Betrothal', in the beginning you could be forgiven for thinking that. However, as the story develops it really comes into its own. Anthony, second son of a Marquess, is home from war, and surprises the family as it was thought he had died. He is now the heir, as his older brother met an early death in a riding accident. With the weight of responsibility on his shoulders & suffering with the mental trauma of his experiences in Spain - his father is anxious for him to marry & wants him to travel to London, possibly also to consider Lady Elizabeth, the daughter of a Duke, who was betrothed to his older brother. However, Amelia, paid companion of his mother, and living in the family home, crosses his path frequently and the compatibility of these two becomes obvious. She is kind, well mannered and sensitive to Anthony and knows he is in need of support and help. I what starts out as a caring friendship, the attraction between the two is hard to deny, and despite crossing obvious social faux pas, they seem to be perfectly destined to be together. Things do not go as they hoped and difficulties and troubles ensue.

There's a quality to the writing that I see in other established authors of this era, and it had a very natural flow to the storyline. Unhurried, at a easy pace. There's plenty twists & turns along the way to keep the excitement and attention of the reader.

I fully enjoyed this story, the characters, of which there are many, but they are easy to keep track of. I would love to see a story about Elizabeth & Kit, who I had a feeling should be together. A fantastic read that I would recommend to all those who love a clean regency romance.

Thank you to Netgalley & Covenant Communications for the digital galley in return for my honest review.

Beautiful connection of two hearts that break the rules of Society, and find healing from the past!
By , Submitted on 2016-07-06

Sweet & moving story, with two characters from opposite places in society, that break the rules and fall in love. Regency romances are my favourite, and I've read a lot of them. Sometimes you can get the feeling that you've read this plot before. In 'The Earl's Betrothal', in the beginning you could be forgiven for thinking that. However, as the story develops it really comes into its own. Anthony, second son of a Marquess, is home from war, and surprises the family as it was thought he had died. He is now the heir, as his older brother met an early death in a riding accident. With the weight of responsibility on his shoulders & suffering with the mental trauma of his experiences in Spain - his father is anxious for him to marry & wants him to travel to London, possibly also to consider Lady Elizabeth, the daughter of a Duke, who was betrothed to his older brother. However, Amelia, paid companion of his mother, and living in the family home, crosses his path frequently and the compatibility of these two becomes obvious. She is kind, well mannered and sensitive to Anthony and knows he is in need of support and help. I what starts out as a caring friendship, the attraction between the two is hard to deny, and despite crossing obvious social faux pas, they seem to be perfectly destined to be together. Things do not go as they hoped and difficulties and troubles ensue.

There's a quality to the writing that I see in other established authors of this era, and it had a very natural flow to the storyline. Unhurried, at a easy pace. There's plenty twists & turns along the way to keep the excitement and attention of the reader.

I fully enjoyed this story, the characters, of which there are many, but they are easy to keep track of. I would love to see a story about Elizabeth & Kit, who I had a feeling should be together. A fantastic read that I would recommend to all those who love a clean regency romance.

Thank you to Netgalley & Covenant Communications for the digital galley in return for my honest review.

Plenty of romance!
By , Submitted on 2016-05-12

The Earl's Betrothal is going on my favorite's shelf with my other well-loved regencies. Not only is it well-written and compelling, but I fell in love with the characters immediately. Anthony and Amelia are the kind of characters that I thoroughly enjoy reading about. Anthony arrives home from the war in Spain to discover that his older brother, the heir to the Marquess of Ashworth, has been killed in an accident and he is now the Earl of Halford. But haunted by his experiences in Spain, he struggles with nightmares and feeling worthy of his new position and the responsibilities it entails.

Amelia, the untitled daughter of a vicar, works as Lady Ashworth's companion. Her kind temperament, yet educated mind intrigue Anthony from the moment they meet. The attraction between the two is clear from the beginning, but the obstacles between them are legion. Amelia works for the Ashworth's for one thing and little is known about her background and family. Anthony promises his father he will marry quickly in order to carry on the family line, but is reluctant to burden any woman with his past. But a moment of temptation leads to the two becoming betrothed. But opposition and scandal as well as the pair's own past experiences threaten to derail the relationship.

I found this book a quick read but also a story to relish. For those who enjoy clean regency romances, I can highly recommend this one. The plot has more than enough twists and turns to be satisfying along with plenty of romance.

Such a fun, Regency story!
By , Submitted on 2016-05-11

I feel satisfied when reading stories where the characters have misunderstandings, assumptions gone awry, compromising romantic situations, and love that's not recognized. It's kind of weird because there's no way I'd want to actually have one of those situations happen to me, but I love reading about them. I can't help but to have a smile on my face.

Anthony was thought to be dead in the war, but is only a physical and emotional wreck. Since his older brother, the heir, died while he was gone, he's now got a lot of responsibility to shoulder and his father demands that he marry within a month. So much pressure! I don't know if I could handle it--I would take the first person that I met, but he's very meticulous in his choosing.

Amelia, now orphaned, becomes a companion to Anthony's mom through a connection of a friend. She can't help being intrigued by Anthony and seems to be conveniently around when he needs a friend. She's such a sweet and likable girl and just the kind of person anyone would want for a true friend and confidante.

There is a definite attraction between them and I looked forward to their interactions, banter, and romantic interludes. Each is fiercely loyal to the other and willing to do whatever it takes to protect the other--all without even realizing it. The London ton can be quite brutal, which isn't surprising. I always enjoy the day-to-day activities of the era and catching a glimpse into the lives of the well-to-do in Regency London. It fascinates me, captures my attention, and I really adored this story.

Content: mild romance. Clean!

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

Clean Regency romance with depth
By , Submitted on 2016-05-11

If you're in the mood for a Regency sweet romance with depth- in characters and in content, then The Earl's Betrothal is a book I recommend for you! Amelia is kind and compassionate, feeling grief not only for her own losses but the more recent losses of the family she now serves. I admired the strong foundation of faith that sustained her and helped her stand up in the face of society's disdain.

Anthony struggled with the darker aspects of war- the abuse of the citizens of Spain by his own soldiers, especially the women who suffered at their hands in the aftermath of battle. He has a soft heart for the women in his life and Amelia's presence in the family allows her to slip right under his defenses and offer what he needed most- acceptance.

I particularly enjoyed Anthony's friend Lucas, who shared wartime experiences with him and was in the unique position of providing support simply by knowing what he had been through and encouraging him to work toward forgiving himself.

The story doesn't follow a typical timeline for the developing relationship which was a bit refreshing, and kept me on my toes to see what twists would keep the plot moving forward. There are pleasing details of some fashion and dresses, balls and society gatherings, but it never distracted from the drama- instead the author used them as opportunities to develop and show the personalities of her cast.

Without revealing any spoilers, one particular twist in the story seemed out of place and incongruous with the rest of the book, adding a level of melodrama I didn't think was necessary.

Overall, the exchanges between Amelia and Anthony as they seek to protect each other are the best parts that stand out and had me reading swiftly to reach their next interaction :)

(Thank you to Covenant Communications for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)

Fantastic Regency!
By , Submitted on 2016-05-10

Ooh, I really loved this book. That's always a good way to start out a review, right?

The characters in this book felt real to me and I really liked them. They had so many good attributes that it was easy to settle in and enjoy them.

Amelia is kind. She is at the mercy of others for her welfare and she knows it, yet she conducts herself with dignity and decorum. She is smart and she knows how to stand up for herself without appearing arrogant or rude. I love the quiet strength she has.

Even though Anthony is struggling with the awful events of the war he was involved in, he is also a kind person. He shows respect to others. He is a very duty conscious person and his desire to protect others is so admirable.

I loved how the characters circled and swirled around each other. There is chemistry and interest and it all just felt good. This will be going down as one of my favorite books for this month!

Content: Clean

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Excellent example of a regency romance!
By , Submitted on 2016-05-09

This is a great example of a regency romance! I loved the whole thing!

I loved Amelia, she's working as a companion to Lady Ashworth who has lost both of her sons in the last year and her husband appears to be on his deathbed as well. But fate changes things when Lady Ashworth's second son, Anthony, walks through their door and back into their lives. It seems he wasn't really dead after all. I loved the way Amelia felt an instant attraction to Anthony, but because of her low-born station, she doesn't feel that there's any way that attraction will ever lead to anything else.

Anthony...his character was great as well! I loved that he was able to continue on, even though he was thrust into his older brother's position as soon as he got home from his part of the war. I loved the sweet way he interacts with his parents and the way he treats Amelia from the very beginning.

And I love the way that their love story comes about, and just how hard the whole thing is for both of them. There were parts that I just wanted to cry because things were so hard for them! Such a great story and book!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Engaging
By , Submitted on 2016-05-08

3.5 stars

I really like Regency Romances, but like any genre, you have to be mindful of the author/publisher to make sure you're getting what you want (i.e. a sweet and proper romance vs. trashy romance). When I saw that Covenant Communications was publishing The Earl's Betrothal I was excited that this would be the kind of Regency I like.

Karen Tuft did a good job with this story. It was engaging and had great characters. A few times I found myself a little distracted as the style felt different from other Regency novels. It did a good job of describing the social expectations, but we find the main characters kissing so soon after making each other's acquaintance. It didn't seem like an issue to either of them, but I'm so used to other clean books in this genre being so slow to get to that point that it distracted me. It was still a clean romance-just presented differently than I'm used to for this genre.

This was a fast, clean read, and one I'd probably read again.

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