About the Book:
Reject his marriage proposal
Nathaniel Sherringham has returned to Hawcombe Prior a changed man. Gone is the reckless rake who went out on a limb to propose to Diana Makepiece three years ago. Now Nate's mysterious new wealth has the town's rumor mill spinning. To stir things up (and get Diana's attention), Nate boldly announces his plans to marry "any suitable girl" under the age of 25.
Diana, now 27 and still single, is acutely aware of Nate's return. When her mother suggests a trip to visit a cousin in Bath, Diana leaps at the chance to escape the heartbreak and regret she can't help but feel in Nate's presence...and avoid his irritating charade to find a bride.
But for Nate, Diana has always been the one. He might just have to follow her to Bath and once again lay his heart on the line to win her attention-and her heart.
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Eve Hart's Romance Review:
This was my first book by Jayne Fresina (offered to me by the publisher through NetGalley) and I was left unimpressed.
The story started out slowly....SOOOOO. SLOOOOOWLY. I felt like I was reading the DMV driver's manual -- but that, at least, has pictures to entertain me. I couldn't stand Diana. Nate didn't appeal to me, he was too one dimensional. And the whole story was boring. Not even the precocious (and often times annoying) Plumtre sisters could make up for the lack of LIFE in this story. The supposed love connection between Diana and Nate was tame. Sure, there were a few internal thoughts on his thighs or her breasts, but they felt added in after the fact rather than a naturally occurring part of the story.
I cannot tell you how much I hated Diana's mother. She was uptight, bitchy, and downright horrible. Diana was a weak, puppet who lived her entire life under her mother's thumb -- and she THANKED her for it! MY GOD! I wanted to slap Diana and put poison in her mother's tea! When will a historical romance author write a story where the heroine ISN'T either a weak-willed pushover or a total bitch harpy? Why can't we have historical heroines who have commonsense, manners, wit without shrewishness, and the ability to make her own decisions based on FACTS rather than overheard conversations or incomplete evidence! Were women in the 1800 and 1900s lackwits all? I can't believe that, so stop writing stories with the same cardboard cut-out characters!
I realize Ms. Fresina was trying to create a new retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion, but she did SUCH a good job (or terrible job all around) of making it feel as old and stuffy as the life of most women in that era.
I WANTED TO get into this story, but I couldn't. I actually stopped reading at 88%. I know I'd read most of the story, but I couldn't digest another boring scene.
This is my first and LAST book by Jayne Fresina.