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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Follow the Heart...Review

About the book:
Kate Dearing’s life is turned upside down when her father loses everything in a railroad land speculation and she and her brother are shipped off to their mother’s brother, Sir Anthony, in England with one edict: marry money.

Though their uncle tries to ensure Kate finds matrimonial prospects only among the highest echelon of British society, her attentions stray to the one of the least eligible people at her uncle’s home—the garden designer.

Trying to push her feelings for the handsome—but not wealthy—man aside, Kate’s prospects brighten when a friend of Sir Anthony’s, a wealthy viscount, shows favorable interest in her. But will marrying for the financial security of her family be the right thing to do, when her heart is telling her she’s making a mistake?

Mandates . . . money . . . matrimony. Who will follow the heart?

I loved the Ransome series and so when I saw a new book by Kaye Dacus, I was anxious to read it. Unfortunately, I didn't like it nearly as much as I did the Ransome series.

The book took awhile for me to get into and I finally had to force myself to finish it as I was frustrated more than enthralled with the story and its characters.  I would like to read what happens in future stories because I hope to see Cousin Edith redeem herself, although I'm not sure it's possible and I don't think either of the next two books is about her.  Kate and Christopher ultimately must decide what is more important, marrying for love or marrying for money because of familial obligation.  I was surprised at how little The Great Exhibition actually figured into the story.  I really liked the 4 main leads: Kate and Christopher and Andrew and Nora.  I would have liked more detail about Christopher and Nora though.  Perhaps all of them will make appearances in the future stories.

Overall, pleasant, but not one I would reread.

Thanks to First Wildcard and Whitaker Publishing for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Kaye Dacus here.  You can read the first chapter here. You can purchase your own copy here.

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1 comment:

  1. I would think that in that time period a lot of unhappy unions would have been made due to the need to marry into money. This one sounds rather interesting to me. A lot going on with plot and characters. Nice review today, Holly!