Title: A Practical Arrangement
Author: Nadja Notarially
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Miss Evangeline Grey, intelligent and sensible, has no desire to marry, her reluctance born from the dire warnings of her overly emotional mother. Her father has other ideas, however, and decrees that unless she weds by the spring, he will choose a husband for her.
Prim and proper Evangeline accepts her father's issue with little more than mild alarm. Knowing herself plain of face and sharp of tongue, she believes herself capable of warding off any perspective suitor. Her plan goes awry when the scandalous seducer, Mr. Thomas Masterson, visits her family's home, for Thomas has learned that he must procure a wife to receive his full inheritance.
When he discovers Evangeline's predicament matches his own, Thomas determines to orchestrate a practical arrangement. A war of wit and word results, and Thomas finds himself ever more beguiled by the soft heart he discovers under Miss Grey's stern, inhibited exterior. Patiently, he endeavors to gain her respect and awaken her passions. As tenuous trust blooms between the rake and the reluctant, unfortunate events – and Thomas' past reputation – threaten to destroy the peace and happiness he has found within the bonds of his Practical Arrangement.
There were two reasons I took a part of this book tour. The first one was the stunning cover, I loved it and decided to read more on it. Reading the synopsis I realized it was a Regency Historical Romance, then I was super excited to read this book that I read it way ahead of time.
The book is about Thomas and Evangeline, both of whom are put in a predicament by their parents to marry in haste. Thomas' father would take away his allowance if he is not wed and having a child on the way by his thirtieth birthday. Evangeline's father on the other hand would choose her future spouse if she fails to find her own soon. As they are both caught in a predicament, they decide to wed and Evangeline begins to realize that almost everything her mother told her about marriage life was a lie. However, Thomas' scandalous past is threatening to be a part of his future. Would their marriage manage to survive that?
I truly enjoyed the premise of this story. That and, the characters seemed genuinely different than one another. Which would have made for a great clash. I truly enjoy stories where one of the characters has their hand forced and tries to get out of said situation, it's quite amusing when the puppet strings are actually pulled by the parents. Sadly, I don't think the characters reached their full potential in this book. Like, if there was more bickering or argument it would have added more humor to the book. The book was good, just not as funny as it could have been what with the clash of characters. I think Thomas should have had to fight more before getting himself into the situation that forced him and Evangeline to wed.
As I've mentioned before, historical romance is a genre I am very particular with because for me everyone enjoys a different style of writing. It took me a while to get accustomed to new styles of reading after being practically obsessed with Julia Quinn books. Nadja's style is different than the rest so, I guess I'll have to read more of her books before getting used to it. But I did enjoy the story!
Nadja Notariani was born in Rochester, Pennsylvania. Her upbringing included very diverse environments, affording wide and varied richness of ethnic and religious tradition. Raised in both an Italian/Mediterranean American home and a traditional German household, Nadja gleaned the unique benefits of viewing the world through two widely different lenses.
Nadja resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania, ever embracing new adventures with her husband, three sons and faithful German Shepherd. She also boasts two grown daughters, who have flown the nest to pursue their own adventures.
Within her titles, readers can find romance and adventure, from contemporary to paranormal to historical, always with a happily-ever-after.
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