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2.0 out of 5 starsPoorly done
Reviewed in the United States on December 1, 2015
Very weak writing with a confusing story line. Apparently these characters carry through a series. They might have made more sense if I had read the series but as a stand alone, this was a muddled mess. The characters were not well developed, especially the secondary characters. Too many things happened in ways that just wouldn't have occured both within the basic story as well as within the historical period. The author had the bones of a good story but the execution is simplistic, the villain is not believable, and the romance is lukewarm. The writing style is appropriate for teens but the explicit intimacy makes this an R.
Light reading, romantic and with mystery and danger as a plus. I did skip through the pre-marital sex scenes - I have come to accept that I will find it in most novels, even the historical regency books, but I don't have to like it. Almost every time I read one of these I listen to a Georgette Heyer audiobook and feel how a historical regency story should be. This time I will listen to Arabella.
3.0 out of 5 stars3.25 STARS -SOME SUSPENSE AND AT TIMES AN UNBELIEVABLE STORY LINE
Reviewed in the United States on April 17, 2019
Parts I enjoyed and parts had me thinking I was in a dream because the story line wasn't plausible.
I haven't read the other stories in the series and I wasn't lost. I know some reviewer's thought it would be better to understand if read previous books.
There is lovemaking outside of marriage and not vulgar to me Heat level 3.5 out of 5 and only once I believe and only a few days from marriage.
The ending with the uncle and the other villains was tidy up in a bow to quickly. The reason for everything was not believable and to get 3 suitors to agree to the outlandish scheme was out of left field. There is some suspense and we are left wondering about the relationship with his brother and the h's best friend. I may have to check that out because it seemed like it would be a good story.
We have no cheating, bumpy road to HEA and little on romance. For our H/h no cliffhanger, but as I said you are left wondering about secondary character's. I can't improve on the blurb, just letting you know what you may discover reading it.
At this time the book is free, and I enjoyed certain aspects of it. (ljb)
5.0 out of 5 starsLovable Hero and Heroine + Evil Villain = Wonderfully fulfilling story
Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2015
What's the third so of the strict and illustrious Earl of Bentley to do except join the clergy? After all, that is what has always been expected of Matthew Trent since the early days of his boyhood. When his brothers were out cavorting and playing, he was expected to be cloistered in the nursery memorizing verses and studying. But no one ever stopped to ask him what he wanted.
Grace Cooper has never been truly traditional in her approach to life. The lively Sunday School teacher sees things as they are, and much prefers her life of hard work on her father's farm to the possibility of entering into a possibly miserable and definitely loveless marriage. Meeting the new vicar seems both a blessing and a curse as he is determined to protect her from a new and serious danger, but manages to put her reputation at risk in the process. Will both of them manage to survive their new acquaintance with their honors in tact...and their lives.
As always, Jane manages to spin a wonderfully scripted tale of mystery and romance. Matthew is earnest in his desire to do what is right, but he still struggles with his place in the world and all of the psychological damage done to him by his father as a child. This makes him endearing and pretty easy to love. Grace is pretty much Matthew's polar opposite. She is sunshine a daisies and all optimism. She loves her father and will do anything for him, including take care of him for the rest of his life. Her world may have been shaken, but her convictions are still firmly held. I don't recall the last time I read a book where it was just so easy to love BOTH main characters.
The villain however is just flat out evil and despicable. I loved it! As a reader I hated him from the moment I first read his name, but even I wasn't prepared for the totally horrid acts he pulls off. Bravo! Probably one of my favorite Trent books because of the villain alone!
As Matthew stepped to the pulpit and faced the congregation of his new church he lifted his eyes and spotted a late comer. After the service he stood outside and greeted everyone as they introduced themselves. As the late comer walked up he found her name was Grace and her excuse for being late was because she had milked her father's cows and took the eggs from the chickens. He told her there should be nothing more important than being on time. After agreeing to visit her housebound father to share Bible verses with him. Little did he realize how he time and life would change.
Had to remove from my device. The protagonists acted more like antagonists in the first few chapters. It was hard to like them or get any kind of feeling for them other than wishing they were different characters. Perhaps the book picked up later on, but I didn't feel like taking the risk with my time and was too irritated to try.
Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2014
This tale is a little different kind of love story. It starts out with a little boy being caned by his father. He is taught that he must be perfect in everything he does and being the 3rd son hr was to be a Vicar. A perfect Vicar. When he is grown he is sent to a little town for his first post and his thoughts are that he must be a perfect Vicar. His first sermon is slightly disrupted by Grace who has come in late. Matthew, the Vicar, took great interest in Grace only he tends to try to ignore her because he tends to think a "Perfect Vicar" would not have such thoughts. Grace's father is an invalid and her uncle tries to get him to an asylum and be declared Grace's guardian. This gets the Vicar involved and soon Grace is shot at and almost smothered. This is an interesting story and it ends just the way it should.
Matthew Trent’s story . Matthew has just arrived in his first parish & is delivering his first sermon when Grace Cooper arrives late. He can’t take his eyes off her. A perfect gentleman shouldn’t have these thoughts about a parishioner
Grace looks after her father, who had an accident a couple of years previously, she also looks after their ‘farm’ milking the cows & collecting eggs.
Jordan arrives & his relationship with Audrey Montgomery is again touched upon & is a loose end.
There is the wicked uncle who wants to control Grace & take over the land.
It left some loose ends to whet your appetite. I’ll now be reading the next in the series to find out what happens
I’m a great fan of regency & not all authors convey regency England .Jane Charles does this. There are some Americanisms & proof reading has missed some errors but the Trent series is definitely a keeper
Fantastic story, I really enjoyed this. Once I started I couldn't stop reading. I was shocked to see so many others give a lower rating, obviously they haven't read a lot of the rubbish that is about on here. If you look at my previous reviews, if I think a book is rubbish, I will say so. I personally only noticed one spelling error whilst reading, Now either this means there was only one or it didn't bother me at all, so was surprised also to see so many comments about proof reading being needed.. come on this is a great little story, it was written I am sure to bring you all enjoyment. I had a great time reading it and can't wait to go and see what else this author has written as I loved her style, I loved how well she lets a story run and all her characters are very realistic. In this story we met quite a few characters and they all had clear differences in their characters. Enjoy this book as I certainly did.
This is the first book I've read by Jane Charles and while I was invested enough in the characters to finish it I really struggled with the mish mash of styles and inappropriate use of language such as when Stillwell used the term 'blokes' to refer to the heroine's would be suitors.
Was written well but the story was a bit naff, and the romance was non existent until 70 per cent through the book. The criminal characters were not feisable and their reasons for being so didn't hold water. A bit too tame for me
I persisted because the story plot was good but the quality of proof reading was very poor. Lots of missing words in the text, inappropriate use of slang "Bloke"??for the period, wrongly used words eg "through" instead of "threw", wrongly named characters in a piece of action. It does the author and reader a dissservice. Please take the trouble to make e-reading a literary pleasure.