I received this book for free from Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Radical Arrangement by Jane Ashford
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on August 4th 2015
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
Source: Sourcebooks Casablanca
A MATCHLESS DILEMMASir Justin Keighley was everything that repelled Margaret Mayfield in a man. He was shocking in his opinions, arrogant in his manner, rude in his actions, and completely without respect for the common decencies of civilized society.Margaret was everything that Sir Justin detested in a woman. She was shy, retiring, obedient to her parents, almost embarrassed by her own beauty, and ignorant of virtually every phase of real life in the real world.Needless to say, they both did everything in their power to escape being matched with each other. Somehow everything was not enough....
Margaret Mayfield, has done everything in her life her parents have instructed her to do. She has recently become engaged and is looking forward to her future. But at a house party, she meets Sir Justin Keighley whom her mother has warned her to avoid. But when the whole party decides to go on a nightly excursion outside, she finds herself at Justin’s side and fears what he may to do her, since his reputation is one as a wild rake and not to be trusted. And she finds herself in a compromisable situation. Justin refuses to marry her, but her mother instructs her and tells her that she will have to call off her engagement and marry Justin, a man she fears. So Margaret runs away, and decides that she will have to make her own way in life. When Justin hears about what Margaret has done, he goes after her, because her parents appear to care less about their daughters welfare. Even though he refuses to marry her, he doesn’t want anything to happen to her. But when he happens upon her, through an accident Justin finds himself shot and injured and having to recover with a woman who fears him. Margaret and Justin find themselves together for a few weeks, a discover a tender love they didn’t expect to find, or a future they never imagined.
Plot and Story Line
This is the first time I have read from Jane Ashford, I have noticed her books around lately, as she is getting them republished and the covers redone. This book I found on Netgalley and I was so thrilled to get a chance to try her out. This book was shorter than I expect, only about 200 pages, which for how long it was this story had a depth to it I wasn’t expecting to find. This is a story that I honestly wasn’t sure if I would like or not. The reviews and ratings aren’t super high, and so I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I ended up enjoying it. The Hero was enchanting and I loved his character. He knows what he wants and he fights for it and isn’t ashamed of who he is, even if others may be. The heroine I had a bit of struggle with at first, but we really see how much she grows through the whole book, and the focus is really on her character and personality and how much we see the change in her the more she and Justin get to know each other. Margaret has been shielded and has never had a real chance to become anyone except from what her parents wanted from her. But then she ends up in a room with Justin and she begins to learn that she has a brain and she can use it. Even though I wanted to shake some sense into her, I also realized that Margaret is learning certain facts about herself, that we all learn as children. So I had to give her room and allow her to become more before I judged her too harshly. I loved the relationship between Justin and Margaret. There isn’t much heat except for some kissing in this book, which was a bit refreshing. I wasn’t excepting that at all, and I liked having something different. The entire focus was the building of the relationship on an emotional and intellectual levels and the physical just seemed to come naturally for them after they had developed a deeper connection to each other. And the ending was dang good, and seeing Margaret stand up to her folks was brilliant and this is what the book leads up to and fighting for the one you love!!
I adore this cover, with the bold colors and the pose, and her dress is just beautiful!!
A Radical Arrangment is a light hearted and tender love story, bold characters, and a on the road romance to savor!!