5 stars for Thursday's Child: 2nd Edition by @writerinagarret #regency #histfic #romance #bookreview
Title: Thursday's Child: 2nd Edition (Heroine's Born on Different Days of the Week Book 5)
Author: Rosemary Morris
Genre: Regency Romance, Regency Fiction
On their way to a ball, eighteen-year-old Lady Margaret is reminded by her affectionate brother, the Earl of Saunton, to consider her choice of words before she speaks. Despite his warning, she voices her controversial opinion to Lady Sefton, one of Almack’s lady patronesses, who can advance or ruin a debutante’s reputation. Horrified by her thoughtless indiscretion, Margaret runs from the ballroom into the reception hall where she nearly slips onto the marble floor. Baron Rochedale, a notorious rake catches her in his arms to prevent her fall. Margaret, whose family expect her to make a splendid marriage, and enigmatic Rochedale, who never reveals his secrets, are immediately attracted to each other, but Rochedale never makes advances to unmarried females. When Margaret runs out into the street, out of chivalry it seems he must follow the runaway instead of joining his mistress in the ballroom, where anxious mothers would warn their daughters to avoid him. Rochedale’s quixotic impulse leads to complications which force him to question his selfish way of life.
Entangled by him in more ways than one, stifled by polite society’s unwritten rules and regulations Margaret is forced to question what is most important to her.
An impetuous debutante on the run, a rakish baron, and an entanglement that causes both to re-evaluate what’s important in life. Lady Margaret tends to speak her mind before thinking of the consequences. She disregards her brother’s warning while attending a ball at Almack’s. Lady Sefton overhears Margaret’s outspoken opinions and in horror, Margaret flees the ballroom. She bumps into handsome Baron Rochedale, a known rake. She runs out into the street, not realizing the danger she’s in. Rochedale rescues her and thus begins their tenuous relationship. Her family disapproves of the match and hopes for her to marry a better man. Margaret does not want to become any man’s property, no matter how handsome he may be. Can Margaret and Rochedale work through the stiff unbending rules of the ton to a happy marriage or will Margaret suffer greatly for her indiscretions?
Thursday’s Child is a brilliant historically accurate Regency romance I couldn’t stop reading. Rosemary Morris writes historical romance for the thinking woman. She devotes countless hours of researching before even writing the story and it comes across while reading. Every nuance, every detail, is intricately woven into the plot. It not only adds depth to the story and characters but transports the reader to the historical era. For me, it allows me to experience a sliver of history through the eyes of Margaret. Thursday’s Child is an incredible Regency romance and one I thoroughly enjoyed. If you’re a Regency reader looking to be swept away, pick up Thursday’s Child. If you’re a discerning historical romance reader, you’ll want to read Thursday’s Child. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5 stars
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There is a gigantic canvas for a historical novelist to choose from.
I am a multi-published historical novelist whose novels are set in the reign of Charles II’s niece, Queen Anne Stuart, who reigned from 1702 to 1714, and the ever popular Regency era. I have also written a mediaeval novel set in in the reign of Edward II.
I chose those periods because each of them affected the course of history. If the Duke of Marlborough had not won The War of Spanish Succession, and The Duke of Wellington had been defeated by Napoleon at The Battle of Waterloo, the history of Britain and that of Europe would be different. Defeat would also have had far-reaching consequences for the rest of the world. If Edward II had won the Battle of Bannockburn, it is feasible that he would have conquered Scotland and, perhaps, as it is claimed, he would not have been murdered.
The more I read about my chosen eras the more fascinated I become, and the more aware of the gulf between the past and present. Those who lived in the past shared the same emotions as we do, but their attitudes and way of life were in many ways very different to ours. One of the most striking examples was the social position of women and children in in bygone ages.
My characters, are of their time, not men, women and children dressed in costume who behave like 21st century people.
Research of my chosen eras sparks my imagination. The seeds of my novels are sown, and from them sprout the characters and events which will shape their lives.
I was born in Kent. As a child, when I was not making up stories, my head was ‘always in a book.’
While working in a travel agency, I met my Hindu husband. He encouraged me to continue my education at Westminster College. In 1961 I and my husband, by then a barrister, moved to his birthplace, Kenya, where I lived from 1961 until 1982. After an attempted coup d’état, four of my children lived with me in an ashram in France.
Back in England, I wrote historical fiction, joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association, The Historical Novel Society, Watford Writers and online groups.
Apart from writing, I enjoy classical Indian literature, reading, visiting places of historical interest, vegetarian cooking, growing organic fruit, herbs and vegetables and creative crafts.
My bookshelves are so crammed with historical non-fiction, which I use to research my novels, that if I buy a new book I have to consider getting rid of one.
Time spent with my five children and their families, most of whom live near me, is precious.
The second editions of my historical novels and my new ones will be published by Books We Love. http://bookswelove.net
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N