When an urgent letter arrives in Caithness, Gregory Scott, the Earl of Bailey hurries to London believing his dearest relation is on her deathbed. Rory is appalled to find his presence is only needed to play-act as a fake fiancé for a friend of his cousin.After the lady in question marries her true love, Rory is left unoccupied. Seeking out an old acquaintance, he discoverWhen an urgent letter arrives in Caithness, Gregory Scott, the Earl of Bailey hurries to London believing his dearest relation is on her deathbed. Rory is appalled to find his presence is only needed to play-act as a fake fiancé for a friend of his cousin.After the lady in question marries her true love, Rory is left unoccupied. Seeking out an old acquaintance, he discovers Lord Briden nearly penniless, mentally unstable, and entirely dependant upon his spinster daughter for the care and upkeep of their estate at Primrose. The beautiful Lady Rosamund is part hoyden, part bluestocking, part servant. Wanting nothing to do with Society, her uncommon way of life spurs Rory into offering assistance, but Rosamund adamantly refuses. When Rory learns the lecherous lord next door is blackmailing Rosamund, he devises a scheme to help her whether she wants it or not. The idea to find Rosamund a husband goes slightly awry, as Rory doesn’t bargain for falling in love with the enigmatic Lady Rosamund. And when his plan turns up another beau for Rosamund, can Rory let her go?...
|Title||:||The Earl's Engagement|
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|Number of Pages||:||267 Pages|
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The Earl's Engagement Reviews
This was another enjoyable read by Anne Gallagher, with quite a contrast between this heroine, Lady Rosamund, and Violet, MC in the Lady's Fate, making for a very different tale of love, but in the same charming universe. Rosamund's character was very well drawn and we get to see the tougher part of her, a result of life's circumstances, but we also get a peek at her vulnerability. The first few chapters are especially fun when we get insight into her internal thoughts, and then we get to view her from Rory's perspective - a very different picture it is, at first. The author's attention to period detail and her ability to make it accessible to modern readers is probably my favorite thing about the Reluctant Grooms series - I'm instantly and effortlessly transported to that world, and I get genuinely excited about attending the parties & waiting for a certain gentleman caller.
not exactly Taming of the ShrewBook 5 tells the story of Rory (cousin to Lady Olivia and Ancient Greek scholar) and Rosamund also known as Minnie (daughter of a Greek scholar and novel writer). Since he is in London and bored, Rory searches out Rosamund's father who he has corresponded with for 10 years only to find the family and manor house in bad shape. He tries to help. Rosamund is suspicious of him and they do not get along well. The scoundrel Stockton makes another appearance to complicate matters. One reviewer calls her a shrew; I don't agreed. She is overworked, has no future except caring for her ailing father, a brilliant mind ahead of her time, and without funds to care for her parents and home. Another reviewer thinks it unreasonable that she does all the chores that she does. It seems to me that throughout history until perhaps the last 100 years, many women cooked, cleaned, gardened, sewed, managed a household, and read or kept up a correspondence. Certainly my female ancestors on the prairie did. They didn't go to town or watch tv or play on tablets. When you have nothing, you work hard and become resourceful. I am particularly fond of books about women with brilliant minds like Rosamund. If you do too, consider reading the series The Brothers Sinister by Courtney Milan especially The Countess Conspiracy and the Suffragette Scandal. They are racier than Anne Gallagher, but great women. I love Rory. He is selfless and wants to do the right thing for Rosamund and her family. I think A Wife for Winsbarren should come just before this, as it is referred to in this novel. This series is about a group of men who are a little older than in some of the romances I have read. They have either served in the army or navy or had previous romances or family tragedies that put them off marriage. They are related as friends, brothers and cousins. I like how the stories fit together. If you like sweet sometimes adventurous stories with no more than kissing these stories are for you. If you like stories about related characters, but with more spice, try The Stanton Brothers series by Vanessa Kelly.