Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Today, we're on board with Rachel's Random Resources for another blog tour making its way through the blogosphere. This time around, it's a Historical Fiction, one of my favorite genres, and a new to me author that holds a lot of promise! Ladies and gents, grab your cloak and bonnet, as we make way for today's blgo tour guest and ebook of choice...
When Only Pride Remains
About the book...
A enchanting story of love, loss and healing set in Regency England! For fans of Georgette Heyer, Mary Balogh, Jane Aiken Hodge and Jane Austen.
Can two estranged friends find their way back to each other…?
When her father —Major Angus Fairham — returns home from the Napoleonic wars, Prudence is excited to welcome him home to Fairham Manor.
However, tragedy strikes when Angus loses his estate to his close friend and comrade — young Captain Jack Staveley — in a drunken game of cards. Unable to face his loss, Angus takes his own life.
Distraught, Jack tries to restore Fairham Manor to Prudence, but she is too proud to accept his offer.
Overcome with grief and anger, she retreats to her aunt’s house in Bath and distances herself from her once close friendship with Jack.
But as the initial shock of her sorrow begins to dull, Prudence is soon missing the support of her most trusted confidant.
And when they once more find themselves in each other’s orbit, she must decide whether she can put aside her pride and open her heart…
WHEN ONLY PRIDE REMAINS is a historical romantic tale set in Regency England, with a feisty heroine and a moving love story at its heart.
Is there anything better than a tale that promises romance, with a title that begs you to remember a classic, and a story that draws you in with questions, intrigue, and ultimately the potential sacrifice of one person that holds another so very dear? *contented sigh* Okay, so there might be depending on your mood, but my mood today screams NO...THERE IS NOTHING BETTER!
Pru was a gem, and lived with more freedom than most during this time at her age. Her father was a soldier, so his time away from home left her the "mistress of the house", and introduced the idea of independence to her at a formidable age. Was she uncouth in public? Was she unable to stand head held high at presentations? Certainly not...but given a choice between being at attention, or have a gathering at home, she'd welcome the latter with good friends any time. Jack was the friend she knew all her life, and a stalwart shadow by her father's side. Whether in battle or on the home front, he was true to form...and so when circumstances presented themselves that were grave indeed, he sought to do the right thing. Much like the title though, pride often gets in the way, and so we see our first steps taken beyond the boundaries of Fairham Manor by our lady, Pru. She'll have much to go through in order to find her way, but find it she must, and own it she will, until fate sees her full circle once again.
My only quandary, my only hesitation is the way in which the story was catapulted into some form of action. It was a desperate act that appeared so very suddenly and from what I gathered about the individual, much out of character. Then, we have the very convenient appearance of a long lost relative...or two...or three...with a backstory rather shady and one sided thanks to the unfortunate demise of most others involved...do you see where I'm going? Yeah, I was waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop the entire novel. Did it damper my enjoyment? Perhaps a shade, but it didn't infringe on it enough to pull me away. I wanted to see how Jack's plan would work out. I wished to see Pru back home where she belonged. I desired to know how everything would be tied up by book's end...so there was no stopping me in my determination to turns pages.
All in all, a story to remember filled with heartbreak, unknowns, and new adventures...but sometimes the best of times happen to come from the worst. Historical Fiction fans, take note!
About the author...
Natalie’s passion for reading became a compulsion to write when she attended a ten-week course in creative writing some sixteen or so years ago. She takes delight in creating short stories of which more than forty have been published, but it was her lifelong love of Regency romance that led her to turn from contemporary romantic fiction to try her hand at her favourite genre. Raised on a diet of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, she is never happier than when immersed in an age of etiquette and manners, fashion and intrigue, all combined into a romping good tale. She lives on the London/Kent border, close to the capital’s plethora of museums and galleries which she uses for research as well as pleasure. A perfect day though is when she heads out of town to enjoy lunch by a pub on the river, any river, in company with her husband and friends.
Natalie is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association, the Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists.
Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the ebook for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today! Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun.
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!