Friday, October 16, 2020

Review: The Cottage by Coniston by Deborah M. Hathaway

My rating: 5 stars / It was amazing


What could possibly go wrong by asking someone else to make all of her decisions?

After a misguided kiss and subsequent rejection by yet another gentleman, Miss Amy Paxton convinces her brother to make all of her future decisions, especially in finding her a husband. His strategy? She must seek his advice before doing anything. Desperate for a happier future and a fresh start, Amy adopts her new way of life with relative ease. That is, until her new, self-assured landlord begins to meddle in her affairs.

With the passing of his oppressive grandfather, Mr. William Eastwood is finally free. Free to explore business ventures, free to help his parents—and free to marry his childhood friend, Miss Charity Winslow. But matters are complicated when he must help his new tenant, Amy Paxton, stand up to her overbearing brother. William soon discovers, however, that Amy is not as defenseless as she seems.

Anxious to discover the reasoning behind her behavior, William determines to uncover the real Amy, and an attraction sparks between them. But when challenges arise, Amy must protect herself as William struggles to choose between what his heart longs for—and what his duty demands.

My Review

Poor Amy! She's a bit of a hot mess when it comes to men, although I admire her forthrightness, being on the shy side when I was young. She's willing to try a different strategy though, by following her gregarious brother's cues when it comes to attracting a gentleman for her to marry. This of course leads to humorous scenes and misunderstandings. There is a bit of a love triangle as Amy and William develop feelings while he is unofficially promised to Charity, providing the conflict in the plot as well as in the characters' emotions. This book stood out with the entertaining banter and vibrant personalities, while allowing me to connect with the more vulnerable emotions running below the surface. A lovely Regency romance!

Disclosure statement: A complimentary copy of this book was provided from a tour group, publisher, publicist, or author, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, OR borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR purchased. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are unbiased and my own.

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