THE DISADVANTAGED GENTLEMAN
Rating: 4 Cups
Rebecca has spent the last year abroad, trying to escape her old life and trying to figure out what she will do next. She returns to England and decides to travel around a bit but never expects to add a child to her household.
Bennet Kelmarsh has overcome his humble beginnings to become a prominent member of local society, and he can never overlook the plight of a child.
An abandoned child brings together a scandalous lady of the Ton and a secretive gentleman in a small village. The search for her parents and the delightful child herself brings out the best in the couple and the people of the village.
This is a truly outstanding Regency. Most of this genre is pleasant enough, but this story has real meat to it. Rebecca has been let down by most everyone tasked to take care of her in her life and thus has become a self-centered and selfish woman. Bennet hides his past but is very philanthropic, with a special affection for small children. Maudie gives Rebecca someone to think of other than herself, and allows her to become the woman she should have been if circumstances had been kinder. The other characters in the story are well developed and very real and the author’s description of the setting and time period are excellent. Though the romance between the two main characters is inevitable, it is definitely not an easy one and there is no certainty that everything will work out. I recommend that you read this one to see how it all comes out.
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