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Review: To Win A Lady’s Heart by Ingrid Hahn

on April 5, 2016

To Win A Lady's HeartTo Win A Lady’s Heart (Landon Sisters #1)
Ingrid Hahn
Entangled Publishing LLC
2016
Copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley

Blurb {courtesy the publisher/Goodreads.com}:

He has secretly admired her from afar…

England, 1811. When John Merrick, the Earl of Corbeau, is caught in a locked storeroom with Lady Grace, he has but one choice—marry her. He cannot bear to tarnish any woman’s reputation, least of all Lady Grace’s.

She has lost everything but her dignity…

Lady Grace Landon will do anything to help her mother and sisters, crushed and impoverished by her father’s disgrace. But throwing herself into the arms of her dearest friend’s older brother to trap him in marriage? Never.

Corbeau needs to prove that he loves her, despite her father’s misdeeds. After years of being an object of scorn, not even falling in love with Corbeau alters Lady Grace’s determination to not bring her disrepute upon another. However, if they don’t realize that the greatest honor is love given freely without regard to society’s censure, they stand to lose far more than they ever imagined.

At the moment I am basically like “give me ALL of the historical romance!” I can’t get enough of it, so I requested this title off NetGalley. It’s the first in a series – even better! I really enjoyed it and I think a lot of that enjoyment came from the whole situation with Corbeau and how his feelings for Lady Grace were laid out for the reader.

A few years ago, Corbeau had intended to court Lady Grace however she was privy to some information that made her gently turn him down, not wanting him to ever question her character in the future. Her father had gambled everything away and Lady Grace, her mother and her younger sisters were left in a situation that basically required them to ‘rely upon the kindness of friends’. Many of those options are now running out and during a harmless game at someone’s home, Corbeau and Lady Grace are discovered together. Alone.

Of course it means they have to marry which complicates things so much – for both of them. Since Lady Grace gently rebuffed him, Corbeau has found it difficult to be around her, because he still wants her so much. Now he’s aware that they have to marry in order to save her reputation and that he could be very well saddled with a wife he desperately wants, but who doesn’t seem to want him. Lady Grace in turn does like Corbeau a great deal, however she is so very conscious of her situation that she doesn’t ever want Corbeau to feel as though she had discovered how easy it would be to rectify if one was caught alone with an Earl.

I felt as though this book did a great job at really representing what it would be like to be thrown into an awkward engagement when the two participants had a past and some baggage. They have some very good interactions but there are some painful ones too, uncomfortable ones. Lady Grace makes no secret that she wants to end the engagement, that she doesn’t want to force Corbeau into marrying her because having been the object of scandal, she doesn’t want to bring that down upon someone else. However he convinces her to give him some time and Corbeau is not exactly the sort of person who is at all times, concerned with an impeccable reputation. He has his own secrets as well. At times they can be very sweet together and I did feel for Corbeau. Lady Grace is so very stubborn, so proud that she’s willing to risk happiness and basically everything because she’s so burdened by her responsibility for her family’s situation. I actually got a bit annoyed with her the further the book went on because she kept ignoring what was right in front of her, what she was feeling and continued to be hung up on what had happened in the past. Being the oldest hadn’t placed the burden of taking care of her family on her shoulders, Grace had done that herself. I was really hoping she’d come to her senses but it took her a very long time. The ending was nice though.

I enjoyed this and will definitely continue with the series.

7/10

Book #61 of 2016

 

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