At 19, John Banks decides to board a ship bound for America - oblivious of who he'll find when he arrives.
Having grown up on a large indigo plantation, the expressive and possibly overdramatic Carolina Ellis can hardly wait to see what the gentlemen of Charleston will be like. But alas, they were not what she'd been hoping for. Ball after ball and dance after dance, Carolina is disappointed time and again.
Then she sees him....
Boston and Philadelphia held no appeal to John, so on a suggestion from a friend, he headed south to the booming town of Charleston, South Carolina. Not meaning to become the center of attention, John becomes exactly that when he walks right into the largest social event of the year dressed like nothing more than a poor drifter. So what is a penniless man to do when in such a situation? The only thing he can do: rely on his sense of humor to extinguish the tension.
Immediately, Carolina takes a shine to this unusual man and his equally unusual humor and is determined she will do whatever it takes to marry him - Southern aristocracy be damned.
©2012 C. Rose Gordon (P)2013 C. Rose Gordon
I hate to ever leave anything less than a stellar review, so I feel awful, but I've loved the other books in the Groom/Bride series so much that it makes me want to offer my opinion on why this one didn't get me as involved. I believe it is because the narration came off robotic at times. The emotion of the words didn't come thru in the way it was read in several places. Parts that I feel the author intended to be read a certain way we're just read like someone reading words from a dictionary. I really hate to say that. At other times, the emotion was there. It's like when you read a book and you're distracted so you don't really pay attention to the words. You could read them over and over but you're not really paying attention to what you're reading. Your mind is somewhere else. I feel like that happened with the narrator some in this book. Like she was just reading because it was her job to do so. I really don't want to hurt anyone, so I hope you take constructive criticism well. She may be truly wonderful and I could be wrong, but as far as opinions go, I decided to leave mine. I'd hate for someone to start with this book and not feel that emotional pull that has made me a lover of Rose Gordon's books. If, like me, you didn't really feel it with this one, don't let that keep you away from her other books. I've read several and this is the first one I couldn't give 5 stars in every category for. Give another one a try.They're wonderful. Despite my not so great review, I still have full confidence in this writer and am on to her next book!
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