Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Reader's Opinion: "The Seduction of Lady Charity" by Maggie Andersen

The Book
As a young woman must marry and become engaged in proper duties, art can only be an accomplishment and a recreation.

Despite opposition at every turn, Charity Baxendale dreams of becoming a renowned portrait painter. She is heartened to receive two significant commissions from esteemed family members, and +when a rakish Scottish baron commissions her to do his portrait, she dares hope she is one step closer.

When Robin, Lord Stanberry, with whom Charity has had a long friendship, asks her to marry him, she must choose between marriage and her career. Robin is heir to a dukedom, and Charity fears that not only would she be unsuited to life as a duchess, but also that her burgeoning career might end before it begins. And besides, Robin has made no mention of love.

After his uncle and heir die, Robin becomes the Duke of Harwood. Never having expected such an event, he feels himself unfitted for such a position. He was perfectly content living as a viscount in Tunbridge Wells, writing a manuscript on ornithology. Now he must leave all that he loves. He’d hoped to have Charity at his side by the time he took his place at Harwood Castle, for her pragmatic nature and strength of character would be of enormous help to him. Should he have thrown himself at her feet and declared an undying love? Charity would have seen through it, for that was not the sort of friendship they enjoyed. But her refusal has brought him lower than he’d thought possible. Can he change her mind, despite the distance that now lay between them?
Series: The Baxendale Sisters, Book Four

A Reader's Opinion 
Maggie Andersen has created an enjoyable group of characters in The Seduction of Lady Charity. The story of a young woman who wants a career as a painter more than anything—even marriage—or so she thought. A slow journey from friendship to love provides a sweet and touching romance story. Charity struggles with her own choices but never gives up hope that life will turn out exactly the way she imagined. I enjoy a book with a nice balance of dialogue and narrative, and where this one was a tad heavy on the dialogue, with some of it a little strained at times, it did make for a quick pace. Although somewhat predictable, The Seduction of Lady Charity is a nice, easy way to spend a few hours. Readers are sure to enjoy Lady Charity's charm and Lord Stanberry's persistence.

Although book four in the series, the story stood fairly well on its own. As a side note, the covers in the series are all very lovely and I thought this one was well-suited to the story.
Format Read: E-Book
Book Source: Provided by the author or publisher

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars: Satisfying Book! In this reader's opinion, we'd recommend this story for a light escape and easy read.

Content: 3 1/2 Hearts: Chemistry is a little sweet and little spicy. A touch of detail, but the stuff that makes us blush is behind closed doors. 

Reviewed by: Kaylie Morgan for Books & Benches


1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much Kaylie, for the lovely review of The Seduction of Lady Charity.