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I will begin with the obvious, as stated by other reviewers. There are quite a few editorial issues with the Kindle version of this book. As a self-proclaimed "Grammar Nazi", the errors did not escape my attention, but did they distract me from the story? The answer is a resounding "NO!" The basic elements for a romance novel are all in place here, but Ms. Charles adds so much more to the (normally) formulaic telling of such stories. Beyond the "boy-meets-girl, conflict-ensues, conflict-resolved, happily-ever-after," Ms Charles has included elements in the style of classic "whodunits", as well as attention to the longer character story arcs that tie the "Tenacious Trents" series together. As with previous titles, some issues in the longer story arcs are not resolved, but in this book the reader gains additional information about each of the Trent brothers, as well as their extended family.
I enjoyed the storyline of this novel, and how the plot was driven more by circumstances and events than just the passionate desires of the main characters. There are elements of suspense and danger that add to the storytelling, giving the book depth and interest. It is not just a question of whether the two main characters will ever resolve their issues and get together (you know they will), but whether they will get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding them. The story is told in such a manner that the reader has the opportunity to try and figure out the mysteries for themselves, but like any good detective novel, the answers elude the reader until all is revealed at the end. I will not spoil the story for future readers by discussing any of the detail, but suffice to say that there is more to this book than just unrequited love, lust and desire.
I would highly recommend this book to fans of the Historical/Period Romance genre, but also to fans of classic detective fiction. There are a few sexually explicit passages, but they add to the telling of the story rather than detract from it (or worse yet, occur simply as a salacious, voyeuristic interlude in the middle of an otherwise good story, as in some other "romance" novels I have read). While it would be helpful to have Ms. Charles' editor review the digital edition of this book and make the needed revisions, it is not enough to deter the reader from an otherwise great story. I look forward to the next episode of those "Tenacious Trents"!
This was a fairly slow romance. By that, I mean that the relationship developed a little more slowly than in other books; the first kiss was a lot further along in the book than in most.
I enjoyed it (to the point that I stayed up last night until I finished it). It had a bit of mystery and action. And I was glad to see the H and h finally get together. They were right for each other.
The rating dropped to a "3", however, because of the lack of editing. By now, I'm fairly used to spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors in the books (could someone, please, tell me where editors are now? Is that not a profession anymore? What happened to the people who used to check books for errors?). But this book's mistakes made some of the book almost impossible to understand. For instance, quotes ("....") are used in the most bizarre way. A paragraph will have ending quote marks but not the beginning ones. So you have to reread the paragraph several times to figure out which part of it was actually said out loud and which part was just description. There were times when I finally had to give up trying to figure it out. There were some word choices that were questionable; I really don't think the author meant to say what was on the page. Words were misspelled. It really is critical that a book be edited to remove as many mistakes as possible. This book is an excellent example of why that's true. It's not just for the appearance of the book - so that it's cleaned up and error-free. But there are times when not editing a book can actually cause your writing to be hard to understand or follow. The reader shouldn't have to trudge through the story trying to figure out what you meant between the mistakes.
I really did enjoy this book. The plot, characters and romance were great. But it was so much work to figure that out. I want to read a book to get away and enjoy some time relaxing. Not plod through a minefield of, at times, unreadable errors.
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!
Another great book by Jane Charles. Mathew Trent was beaten by his father for any and all things. His father told him he would be a Vicar. He did not really want to be one, but he did not know what he wanted to be. Grace Cooper had to help her father, who was very badly hurt ,he was unable to talk, walk or use his right arm. He was in an accident 2 years earlier. She,at 20, had to more or less take care of her father. The people of the village think he is unable to understand anything or make his wishes known, and they think he should be put away somewhere because he is unable to function and should be hospitalized, but he uses his eyes and facial expressions to get Grace to understand him. Mathew is the new minister, and she teaches Sunday School. It is a very good story, he is part of the Trent family, who is carried through most of her books, uncles, aunts, cousins, etc. They are a very close family, and a delightful one. I love her books and the family that is throughout her books. I enjoy the familiar people that wander through her books. It makes a good book not seem to end, but carries on through her other books, Her characters are very likeable, and I look forward to seeing them again. I would highly recommend her books to anyone who is looking for a good book to enjoy.
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
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)
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 book had a romantic happy ever after ending along with some mystery and suspense that all ties together in the end. There were some no answers but that is due to be found in future books. There was a time one read a book had that had a complete ending and left nothing unanswered. But now the trend is to leave certain situations hang on till the next book or four in the series. . Ii is the way with most authors now although there are still some that do not do that (even though books are connected later in a series). Unfortunately those authors are few.
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.