Today is a Review and a Giveaway: A Practical Arrangement by Nadja Notariani
Title: A Practical Arrangement
Author: Nadja Notariani
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Indie Published
Pages: 195 (approx)
Book Description: ۩ A Practical Arrangement, Nadja Notariani ۩
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.
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This book is reminiscent of a Regency Romance: with the era-appropriate repression of women and their intelligence, and the deference to males as ruler of all things. But that is where the resemblance ends, and this is a well-crafted, clever story that approaches the society’s appropriate conventions with humor, grace and uniquely drawn characters.
Evie is an intelligent yet naive heroine, with a fear of intimacy and a mistrust and dislike of the traditional role that she is expected to occupy. Thomas was a rake, and is essentially tricked into wanting to know Evie better as he is told she would never be interested in the likes of him. Evie makes Thomas want to be a better man and husband, and he allows her to explore her interests and express desires to him, without pushing her to tell all. What develops is a sweet romance that is not without bumps in the road, but to say more would spoil the fun.
Secondary characters are also well crafted, which creates a true fullness to the story that utilizes them to such effect. Additionally there is a character with apparent mental health issues that is not put away in the cupboard, but is a character that is interacting – a true twist from similar books of this era (Austen, Bronte) and a welcome diversion. Conversations are witty and often cleverly laced with humor or snark, depending on the tone of the discussion. The author has created a wonderful read, and I hope to see many more from her.
*I received an eBook copy from author for purpose of honest review for FMB Tours. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author: 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 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. Nadja enjoys hearing from readers and can be found at her website, on Facebook, Goodreads, and at Romance Novel Center. Readers are welcome to contact her via email.
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