Catherine Gayle is a new author to me, but I had to check her out especially because Wallflower was free! What I found was a lovely story that pulled at my heartstrings and had me grinning from ear to ear by the end.
I really loved the heroine, Tabitha, and how she was able to gain confidence in herself despite her unconventional looks. She did not have an easy road to travel with her self-confidence, but I admired her determination and cheered on her triumph. The hero, Noah, was so sweet and tender with Tabitha without seeming like a pushover. He appreciated her for who she was and just wanted her to feel loved.
I felt badly for Noah when Tabitha kept mistrusting his motives even though he strived to prove himself to her over and over again. This is the only part of the book that I didn't like since it got a little repetitive and annoying. But, I understood that this was all a part of Tabitha's growth as a confident woman so it din't bother me too much. Tabitha's family sounds like they are so much fun and I look forward to reading more about her fellow Old Maids' Club members. I am especially intrigued by Bethanne and the scandalous Aunt Rosaline.
Purchased for free on June 10, 2012 from Amazon.
Daniel Smythe-Smith was swoon-worthy without being over-the-top and I admired his tenacity at admitting his feelings. I had wondered about his characterization after hearing about in the first book, but I had nothing to worry about. I really liked Anne Wynter's character and her protective nature especially when it came to her students and Daniel. She did have a few moments that bordered on TSTL territory, but they didn't effect my overall enjoyment that much. I love the whole Smythe-Smith gang and find their interactions so much fun.
The two "villains" got a little confusing at times, but I thought the conflict was well balanced with the romance. I also enjoyed seeing the direct aftermath of Daniel's sister's engagement from the first book. I really liked Honoria and Marcus and had fun seeing more of their interactions. I am looking forward to the next Smythe-Smith novel which I am hoping will involve the actually musically gifted Sarah!
I have heard so much about this book ever since I starting reading historical romance. After years of searching, I finally found a used copy and dove straight into it. Winter Garden is a very character-driven story that relies heavily on its leads and for good reason. I fell completely in love with the hero, Thomas Blackwood, from the moment we met him. I spent a good amount of time rooting for him to tell Madeleine the truth. For her part, Madeleine DuMais was a joy to read with her intelligence and self-confidence despite a difficult past.
The espionage plot was interesting, but never took away from the love story. I also enjoyed the secrets that the characters kept and how they were revealed at the perfect time. The moment of discovery was one of my favorite scenes ever in a historical romance. Another aspect of the book I enjoyed was the setting. It takes place in the village of Winter Garden which is full of some interesting characters. Ashworth gives readers hints of the drama that occurs in this small town, but never lets that overshadow the main storyline.
I am really glad that I finally read this "classic" of historical romance and recommend it to anyone looking for a sweet, romantic novel.