Nora Ellsworth, darling of London society, has her choice of eligible suitors, but since childhood, she has been expected to marry Jonathan Browning, a gentleman whose wealth and stability will someday secure the futures of Nora and her mother and sister. The family estate will pass to an odious male cousin upon the death of Nora's father, and when he suddenly takes ill, her need to marry well becomes vitally important.
As Nora struggles with the idea of marrying without love, she finds herself increasingly drawn to Devlin Fausett, a man with dark eyes and intriguing conversation. But Devlin's reputation as an indebted gambler is difficult to ignore. Despite rumors from the ton and the marriage decision before her, Nora is determined to befriend the dashing Mr. Fausett, and his charms soon make it all but impossible for her to remember her duty. Until she learns the truth of her fortune. There is a way to keep her family's estate, but the price is high: Nora must wed as soon as possible. Torn between two very different men, she must make the ultimate decision. Will she be guided by her head or her heart?
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Nora Ellsworth is a young lady sought after by many eligible men, but knows that since birth she's been promised to Jonathan Browning, who has been living in India. His family is supposedly very wealthy which will help the Ellsworth's estate and help provide for Nora's mother and sister if anything were to happen to her father. Nora doesn't really want to marry without love. She understands how marriages work in their society but would prefer a love match, which she later realizes she would not have with Jonathan Browning.
Enter Mr. Devlin Fauset, who has the reputation of being a gambler, and is in debt because of it. Although he has a plan to get himself out of debt, the reasons for his gambling seem to draw him back to the card table right when I thought he'd gotten a hold of his demons. I was so disappointed in him. The more Nora and Devlin spend together their attraction to each other grows, which confuses Nora since her mother is really pushing her to marry Jonathan Browning.
Finally, at long last, Nora and Devlin realize their feelings for each other.
Nora Ellsworth: "To love someone based on a developed friendship seemed the best sort of companionship possible."
I couldn't believe how set the mother's were about Nora and Jonathan marrying, and they were completely oblivious that these two had no feelings for each other. I don't think they had too much in common to even be friends. I could not have lived in this period of time. Marriages were arranged for the benefits of the families for land and social standing.
I loved when Nora left the ball and went in search of Devlin when he fell off the wagon (so to speak) and started gambling again. I loved her feistiness when she finds him, and that she wouldn't allow him to blame her for his tumble off the wagon. She put the ball in his court but would be there to help him fight the urge to play cards. I liked that Nora's sister and Dr. Hadley also got their own happy ending. Yay for multiple HEAs.
This Regency is aptly named. Let's just say if this had been a contemporary romance a team of lawyers would've been needed to straighten out the inheritance issues in this family. I've read a lot of Regency romances but haven't encountered one with an entail. It certainly did complicate things since the Ellsworth family didn't have any sons, and the closest male cousin was the "insufferable" Mr. Trenton, who couldn't wait to get his hands on Ellsworth Meadows.
This is my first novel by this author although I read a novella by her in CHRISTMAS GRACE. I like that the book is written from the point of view of both Nora and Devin, and the chapters switch between the characters.
New author Chalon Linton's writing is going from strength to strength. In the opening chapters we return to Riverton Park, and are back with Charles Brumley & Leah Hastings, of her debut novel, 'An Inconvenient Romance'. I always love returning back to loved characters and places - and this was no exception. That connection provides the perfect opener to the telling of Devlin Fausett's story. Best friend to Charles, he was pivotal in uniting him with Leah. Something that they will be forever grateful for, and he is welcomed into their home. However Devlin is a very private person and probably for good reason. He has a weakness, that was perhaps easy to hide for the gentry. The constant flow of money, would feed the gambling addiction. Personally, one thing I love about this era & the stories written about it, is the tendency to get a strong male lead. I would not be surprised that this may cause an issue for some readers. After all, there seems to be no escape, and as with addiction the removal of hope. I liked that he and the heroine of the story, Nora Ellsworth, have already been introduced as the story begins. It removes some of that awkwardness, and there is already some semblance of an attraction. I loved how there was a family connection to Leah, those personal relationships all playing a part in weaving this whole plot together.
When it comes to historical fiction, I appreciate when the story moves around locations. I am not a fan of scenes in London, probably because I cannot imagine that I would have enjoyed that aspect very much! My favourite scenes are always out on the country estate and family seat. There is oodles of variety here between the balls, musical events and country house parties. Very early on we are introduced to a Mr Trenton, the presumed heir apparent of Ellsworth Meadows. Disliked by Nora and her family. With little sense of propriety he seems to keep randomly popping up. Devlin's struggles are genuine and real, the lack of hope for his future is an emotion you readily feel. The arrival of the Browning family, brings with it another element to the plot, back from India with a mystery of their own. Nora's mother is just delighted that she will be able to realize the plan to marry Nora to their son, Jonathan, will come to fruition. Thankfully, he is not an ogre, because having another handsome seemingly great catch thrown into the circle is so much better! Everything about this story was engaging, so many twists & turns throughout, many moments to make you go 'ahh', I could not put this book down!
What may have irritated readers about Devlin in the beginning actually, in my view brings a genuine heartfelt connection to me as I read about his weaknesses. While we are not all struggling with a gambling addiction, we will likely have our own problems that maybe we are drowning in. Where is our hope and our deliverance. Nora shines a light in his world, and is the reason he finally decides to make a change. Yet, it doesn't come smoothly, and setbacks appear. There is a part in the dialogue that discusses the difference between weaknesses that can make us weaker, and then others that we will become stronger because of them. I pondered on that as I followed the pathway that Devlin took. He is such a great character - loyal and dedicated and a defender of truth. Nora see's these qualities in him early on, and even when she discovers his hidden secrets, she never gives up on him. Bearing the weight on her shoulders of being oldest of the two sisters, she realizes that she must make a great match, as they are set to loose the family home to Mr Trenton upon her fathers death. The twists and turns in this plot line sets us up for a fantastic conclusion, and I just loved the resolution to the entail problem.
Strong, engaging characters full of many great qualities you will connect with Nora and Devlin, their chemistry as you read this beautiful and very enjoyable book. I highly recommend this book to all readers of clean christian historical romance fiction. When I want to purchase a book after reading a complimentary copy, this says it all, as a reviewer I read probably 80 or so of this genre a year, and I probably purchase maybe 1% of them. This will be one of those.
Thank you to Netgalley & Covenant for the complimentary eARC. This is my honest review.
While it isn't uncommon to use a dual narration in a story such as this, the voices of the charcters was exactly the same and the only thing that set them apart was the reference at the beginning of each chapter as to which character was the voice for that chapter.
It was hard to get through because the ENTIRE story was told through the past tense voice of each character. I wasn't sure in the beginning if it was just a set up as to how the couple met and the writing would then catch us up to the present, or if the whole story would be in past tense, and I guess it was the latter.
I only forced myself to finish the story to get my money's worth (and I'm glad I bought it on sale and didn't pay full-price for it) and so I could write an honest review after finishing it.
The story had great potential, but not very good execution. I'm not one to be a downer, but wanted to give an honest review.
I love this cover! It feels so romantic to me.
This story had me completely engrossed. I didn't want to put it down and I was so glad I had a few hours of quiet to read uninterrupted. It doesn't always happen like that!
I loved the characters in this book and the return of some that starred in a previous book. Devlin is flawed but good. Characters that pull you in despite of their flaws, or maybe because of their flaws, are my favorite. Devlin was fantastic and I so enjoyed his attraction to Nora and the way he continued to shift in his attitude until he was fully facing her and his growing love. My romantic heart gives a sigh of contentment at his desire to protect her and do anything he could to see her safe and happy.
The story took some little twists that kept me interested and not completely able to predict everything exactly. I mean, I thought I knew at the beginning what the ending would look like and I was right, but it was the getting there that took some unexpected turns. I liked that a lot.
This was a great regency romance! I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves this genre and even to those who aren't convinced they do! :)
Content: Clean, mild peril
- I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
A Tangled Inheritance is a very enjoyable story. It is well-written with great characters, and has just the right amount of intrigue with the scheming relations. The romance is sweet.
I felt that the message of the book was about trying to be true to oneself, especially while dealing with familial pressures.
For some reason the use of the word addiction throughout the story seemed too modern. I wondered if there was another term they would have used. But the inclusion of a gambling addiction by the main character seemed unique for this genre, and I enjoyed reading about Devlin finding something he wanted more than gambling.
If you are looking for a clean Regency romance, that's also a fast read, I recommend A Tangled Inheritance. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
A lovely Regency romance with nods to Austen! The most obvious similarity is the "odious male cousin" expecting to inherit the entailed estate a la Mr. Collins from Pride and Prejudice and Mr. William Elliot from Persuasion. More subtle is the similarity of the author's writing style to Jane Austen's in that the narrative is rich with details of daily life and the manners of society. It's not a book that can be read quickly but needs to be savored. I enjoyed Nora and her friendly relationship with Devlin which balanced on the edge of something more throughout the book, complicated by Devlin's gambling addiction and Nora's mother encouraging a courtship with Mr. Browning. Nora exhibits a good deal of compassion for her friend even after learning of his scandal, and also for her sister when she develops a mysterious illness. I appreciate when the heroine of the story is unselfish and caring, I find it inspiring for me in my own life. Devlin's perspective was fascinating since he doesn't fit the usual gambling rake persona. He's troubled by his relationship with his father and there are deeper issues that he's battling at the table. It created a level of anticipation as I read, wondering if Nora could motivate him to change what he needs to in order to find peace in his life. This is the second book by the author and ties into her first, but can be read as a stand alone.
(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions expressed in this review are my own)
I can't even imagine what it would be like to have the man I was to marry arranged for me from my birth, but that's just what happened to Nora. As a mother, yes, I would like to choose which family my kids marry into, but you can't always arrange for who you will love.
I like that this story is told in alternating points of view--we are treated to Nora's thoughts, as well as to Fausett's. Nora and Fausett have an undeniable chemistry and attraction, but he's not the one whom she is promised to. He's such a nice guy--so handsome, caring, and strong--but his fatal flaw is that he's a gamer, of Regency sorts (which means, he's into gambling). With each point of view, the reader is able to delve deeper into the character's minds and come to understand them better.
I must admit, when Jonathan (the betrothed) showed up, I wondered how in the world Nora was ever going to choose. This story is full of fun characters with highly entertaining situations, none of which I would want to find myself in. Yes, they are great to read about, but no thanks in real life.
This is a companion book to An Inconvenient Romance, but I don't feel they need to be read in order.
Content: mild romance
*I received a copy, which didn't influence my thoughts or opinions*
I really enjoyed reading this one! It's a Regency Romance and the author did such a great job with it! I loved the way the story line really draws the reader in and makes them not want to stop reading until the very end. And doesn't the cover make you just want to pick it up? I love the cover on this one!
Nora is the heroine of the book. She's a young woman who is beloved by all. She's known pretty much her whole life that she is supposed to marry Jonathan Browning, her mom and his mom had decided they would marry when they were both very young. But the Brownings moved to India and Nora doesn't even know him. And there's a secret that no one outside of Nora's parents know as well. I loved Nora, I loved the way she wanted to be able to choose with her heart, not what her parents told her to do. I loved her courage and the way she chose to be friends with Mr Fausett, even with the bad gossip about him.
I liked Mr Fausett as well. You see the book through his eyes, as well as Nora's. I loved the way that balanced the book out. I love the way it makes it so the reader knows things before the characters. This is one of those books where I wanted to yell at the characters to watch out! I liked that even though Mr Fausett thought he was a coward, he really wasn't, he just needed someone to believe in him...someone like Nora.
The plot of this one is great! I loved that there was some tense moments. And that I didn't know how the book was going to turn out until I'd finished reading it.
Make sure you grab your own copy of this one!
This is a wonderfully predictable, yet, uplifting Historical Romance. There are afew twists which keeps the reader captivated.
Nora and her family's financial situation was not unlike many others. Time was running out and she couldn't bear to marry someone she felt no connection to. Much of the dialogue is the "Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus" scenario.
One chapter flowed smoothly from one to another,k although it was written from both Nora's and Jonathan's points of views. The reader will feel so engrossed, he/she will not want to put the book down until the very end.
That characters feel so real and the description of the scenes become very visual.
The Book Title and Cover are both chosen well and depicts the story within.
Four and a Half Stars rating
I was gifted this book with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.