|The Vicar's Daughters Series
| Book 1: My Passionate Love
Book 2: A Scandalous Design
Book 3: Belinda, My Love
MY PASSIONATE LOVE
The Vicar's Daughters Series, Book 1
Historical, Inspirational, Romance
Rating: 3 cups
Frances Robinson, the eldest of three vicar’s daughters, has resigned herself to spinsterhood, as she did not take well to her opening season in London. Finding the company and suitors to be artificial and phony, she returned to the English countryside to assist her father in his duties at the vicarage. She believes this is the role that will suit her well in life, as she is essentially taking her mother’s place since she passed away five years previously.
However, Frances did not expect her path to; quite literally, veer off course as it does from an earth-shattering kiss from the new Baron of Sutcliffe, Richard Rollins. A former captain in His Majesty’s Cavalry, he was shocked and surprised to find that he was the inheritor of Sutcliffe Manor, and although anxious about running the country estate, he nevertheless is determined to make his holdings, staff and townsfolk prosper. He is also excited to have a permanent home and floored by his ginger-haired young sprite, Ms. Frances Robinson, the attraction to her which keeps getting more intense.
As daily life plays out in this idyllic English countryside, both Frances and Richard must deal with their strong feelings towards each other, while still maintaining proper decorum. Can Frances yield to her tender emotions towards Mr. Rollins, or must she insist on maintaining her role as dutiful daughter and helpmate to her father?
This was a lovely, tender Regency romance that has great descriptions, internal dialogue and setting. The reader is swept away to the charming English countryside, and meets many great supporting characters, such as Frances’ two sisters, Melanie and Belinda, the stable master, Ben, who only speaks through body language, and the cook Sarah, who makes a heady ginger cake. At times though, the description can be a bit worn and repetitive, and the point of view can sometimes suddenly change, which is a bit jarring. Overall, it is a good choice if a Regency book is desired that is set out of the hustle and bustle of London.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance and More