Author: Linore Rose Burkard
Genre: Regency Romance
Series: The Brides of Mayfair #1
Young Miss Tavistock is betrothed to Captain Rempeare by the wish of her late parents, but he is away at sea. Meeting him after a decade, sparks fly, and she impulsively adopts a daring false identity. Going by "Lady X," she vows never to marry such an infuriating man.
Captain Gabriel Rempeare is prepared to fulfill his duty and marry Miss Tavistock--if only he can clap eyes on her! Circumstances keep them apart, though he cannot seem to avoid the maddeningly lovely Lady X.
When the two are thrown together in Mayfair, Miss Tavistock discovers the real nature of the captain, and regrets her subterfuge. But can such a noble man forgive deceit? Or has her mistake already cost her everything?
Reviewer: Paula Shreckhise
Yorkshire and London 1811
Distant cousins who were betrothed in their youth are now of an age to marry.
Gabriel Rempeare has been a Captain in the war against Napoleon. He has lost his ship in a battle, so he must return to England. Feodora Margaret Tavistock has led a lonely life in Yorkshire, thanks to her reclusive, rich uncle, the Duke.
They meet after many years, and Margaret, having misjudged Gabriel, seeks to hide her identity from him. This sets in motion much misunderstanding with sometimes dire, sometimes hilarious results.
This book is campy fun with all the jargon of the Regency Era. It reminds me of an Oscar Wilde play.
It is full of dukes, earls, wastrel brothers, a companion to Margaret, parties, and trips to sights around London. Just what you hope for in a story set in 1811 London. Although it has the flavor of the opulent times, it is told from a Christian World View. The heroine has a warm heart under her deception, and the hero is quite honorable.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
Reviewer: Trixi Oberembt
“Miss Tavistock: “You are determined to dislike him.”
Miss Filbert : “You are determined to protect him.”
Miss Tavistock paused and gave an impish smile. “I am determined only to marry him,” she said, with a happy sigh. “It was my parents’ wish; it was his mother’s wish, and I have no other prospect, as you well know.”
I've said it at least a thousand times, I adore Regency fiction! I also recently discovered Linore's writing when I read “Forever, Lately”, so when I had the opportunity to review this one, I didn't hesitate and she did not disappoint!
This is a story that made me chuckle in one instant to wanting to strangle Miss Margaret Tavistock in the next. Oh but her antics infuriated me, to keep up a ruse for so long would never be conducive to an honorable or trustworthy marriage! She's far too head-strong, stubborn and independent for her own good. But I think that was the beauty of this whole book and what kept me turning pages long into the night. I had to find out what will happen next. The Captain was so patient, honor bound, and has a strong sense of duty. I just don't know how he didn't lose his patience or temper with Miss Tavistock! The comedic angst of this developing romance is what kept me wanting more & what the conclusion of this story would be.
The research Burkard did shows in all the details of the Regency period; through the mannerisms of the times, speech patterns of the characters and many of the places one would see in that era. It felt as if I had stepped back in time and could envision myself inside the story. I love when an author can paint those vivid pictures in my head! I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the “Brides of Mayfair” series.
A truly wonderful Regency tale that I think will delight anyone who reads this genre! It's squeaky clean and free of vulgar language or adult situations.
This book was provided courtesy of the author through Interviews & Reviews, for my honest opinion.
Reviewer: Marta Aldrighetti
Feodora Margaret Tavistock is an orphan, raised by her uncle and betrothed to her naval officer cousin, who is away at war. She waits expectantly to start her new life as a wife and mother, but she also wants to attend the Season in London.
The Season is when wealthy people enjoyed attending balls, the opera, dances, and parties. Here they would meet earls and other people and partake of delicious dinners.
The book shows the readers how the wealthy society in London in the year 1811, enjoyed themselves. Also, with lies, letters, jokes, changing names, and how weddings were contracts between parents.
Easy, fast to read, I recommend it to all Regency book lovers.
This book was provided courtesy of the author, through Interviews & Reviews.
Reviewer: Raechel Kelly
This book takes place primarily in London, England 1811, and tells the story and mishaps of a Miss Feodora Margaret Tavistock. The beginning was a bit slow, but the pace did pick up a bit more towards the middle.
The ruse Miss Tavistock goes through to disguise herself from Captain Rempeare was amusing at first, though I admit that I found the lie to continue much too long. There were entertaining parts of the story, and the setting/time felt realistic, but Miss Tavistock was definitely very immature in my opinion, and sometimes her desire to continue the lie, and her behavior as a whole wore on me.
I liked the Captain very well - he was very kind and understanding. Miss Tavistock's companion, Mrs. Filbert was also a very good character.
Just because I couldn't really connect to Miss Tavistock and her story doesn't mean that others won't. This book might become a favorite of many, especially those who like light-hearted, sometimes silly, regency stories. I am glad to have had the chance to try it.
This book was provided courtesy of the author/publisher, through Interviews & Reviews.
Reviewer: Laura J. Davis
I always love a good Regency Romance, and Miss Tavistock's Mistake by Linore Rose Burkard is a delight.
From the beginning, we are immersed in the Regency period. The author has stuck to the way English was spoken at the time, and so some words may leave the reader looking them up to find out their meaning. But they are easily guessed if you are following the dialogue carefully.
I loved the character of Captain Rempeare. He is honourable, trustworthy and everything you want in a Regency gentleman. Unfortunately, his style is lost on Miss Margaret Tavistock, who, upon meeting the Captain, concocts a lie about who she is, which snowballs into a hole so enormous it resembles a pit. You are sure to laugh aloud a time or two at how she attempts to dig herself out of said hole.
While this is a clean and delightful book, it is not a Christian book in that there is no talk about God or salvation in it. However, there is a great lesson to be learned about how bad it is to lie.
Despite the lack of faith element, if you are looking for a clean Regency Romance, you cannot go wrong with a Linore Burkard book. I look forward to the next book in this series.
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