Author: Sally Britton
Series: Branches of Love #1
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: January 30, 2018
Publisher: Blue Water Books
After years of escaping etiquette lessons in favor of the stables, Christine Devon’s grand debut in London is only weeks away, though her deportment lacks the sophisticated polish she needs to achieve her goals of a lofty marriage. Desperate to take her place in society, she needs someone to instruct her in proper behavior.
Thomas Gilbert, newly returned from Italy, is ready to begin his dream of founding a horse farm. But during his time away, the estate’s finances have dwindled to almost nothing. Unless he can find a way to save his family from ruin, he will be forced to sell his horses and give up his dreams entirely.
A chance meeting between them may solve both their problems. Christine gains a tutor in the finer arts of polite behavior, while Thomas is given access to the finest bloodlines in England. But as time passes, the arrangement is less about business, and more about love. Will they see it in time, or will Christine leave Thomas behind for the splendor of London’s ballrooms?
Rating: Moderate. Mild kissing; non-graphic sexual references.
Rounding up from 3.5 stars
It could have been my mood or fatigue level but the beginning of this book was slow for me. It picked up in the middle and I began to wonder how they could ever reach their happily ever after. By the end, I totally wanted to read the next in the series…
I loved Christine’s personality and honesty. She was far more a delight before getting her social tutoring than after the fact except when it comes to dealing with her sister. I far preferred their relationship after her eyes were opened than to her smug “why can’t you just play nice” attitude in the beginning.
I also liked Thomas as he was in fact socially proper but totally charmed by Christine’s cluelessness.
Christine’s father is a horrid person. I felt so sorry for Christine’s late mother having had to make a life with him….
And all I can say about the ending is bless Lord Calvert’s heart.
No sex, language or violence