This week's Wednesday Wonders is part of a book tour for
A Chaotic Courtship
by Bethany Swafford
We are so excited to have Bethany Swafford back for a tour for her amazing book. We had such a great response to her blitz and every so many reviews coming this week from people excited to read her wonderful book. Come join us on the journey!
For as long as she can remember, Bethany Swafford has loved reading books. That love of words extended to writing as she grew older and when it became more difficult to find a ‘clean’ book, she determined to write her own. Among her favorite authors is Jane Austen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Georgette Heyer.
When she doesn’t have pen to paper (or fingertips to laptop keyboard), she can generally be found with a book in hand. In her spare time, Bethany reviews books for a book site called More Than A Review.
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Twenty year old Diana Forester, a country bred young woman fears that her inexperience and uncertainties has driven Mr. John Richfield away. On arriving back home from London, she learns that he is already there, ready to continue their acquaintance. If Diana thought that it was difficult in London, courting takes on a whole new aspect when Diana's younger siblings become involved. She finds herself dealing with her own feelings, her sister, her younger brother, jealous members of a house party, a jilted suitor, and a highwayman as she falls in love with the charming Mr. Richfield.
This book could have also been titled A Courtship In Spite of a Chaotic Family. I thoroughly enjoyed this story that not only told the story of the courtship of Diana and Richard, but introduced a full cast of supporting characters that added to the chaos. Yet, unlike some books I’ve read with several characters, the author artfully introduced them in a manner that I did not lose track of who was who or who was suspected of what. After all, there was a highwayman roaming the neighborhood, and a lot of suspicion about who it could be.
Diana’s younger brother had his own unique traits that made him stand out and contribute to the overall plot. Diana’s younger sister Sarah was written to have such a lively and engaging personality that she almost stole the show.
The author kept me guessing about several issues. Who was the highwayman? Was he one of the featured characters, or an unknown? Was Richard, the suitor Diana was initially unsure of, to end up as her own true love? Or, would her neighbor that had pursued her earlier end up being the knight in shining armor?
This was a sweet romance laced with suspense with very engaging characters, ones that convinced me that the nature of inter-family relations cross eras in spite of the mores of the time. I whole-heartily recommend it for lovers of historical and Regency romances.
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