Monday, April 12, 2010

Recent Read



In For a Penny by Rose Lerner

Why this one: I received and ARC and after reading AnimieJune's Most Excellent Review, I moved this one up in the TBR pile

Steam Level: Yep, it was steamy

Blurb: IN FOR A PENNY No more drinking. No more gambling. And definitely no more mistress. Now that he's inherited a mountain of debts and responsibility, Lord Nevinstoke has no choice but to start acting respectable. Especially if he wants to find a wife -- better yet, a rich wife. Penelope Brown, a manufacturing heiress, seems the perfect choice. She's pretty, rational, ladylike, and looking for a marriage based on companionship and mutual esteem. IN FOR A POUND But when they actually get to Nev's family estate, all the respectability and reason in the world won't be enough to deal with tenants on the edge of revolt, a menacing neighbor, and Nev's family's propensity for scandal. Overwhelmed but determined to set things right, Nev and Penelope have no one to turn to but each other. And to their surprise, that just might be enough.

My Thoughts: My reading of historicals is way down this year compared to other years. In fact, this is only the second historical I've read this year and it's already April! I pondered a few posts ago on why that was, and this book blasts away all those reasons. I really enjoyed it.

Penelope Brown is the wealthy daughter of a 'Cit' who made his fortune owning a brewery. Unlike many a historical heroine, she's not a young innocent miss. Yes, she's young. And yes, she's innocent in some ways. But she's also quick thinking, intelligent and has a mind of her own. She decides rather quickly to accept the offer of marriage from Lord Nevinstoke, better known as Nev.

Nev, you see, quickly discovered upon the death of his father that he was deeply in death and responsible for his sister and mother. He's at a loss as to what to do since he's never had to work for a living. He was just a 19th century party boy. But after meeting Penelope at a ball, he is rather taken with her and thinks that with her money and his basic attraction to her, they can make a go of it.

They make a go at making their marriage work, Nev thinking he's not good enough for Penny since he feels he's a failure at everything, and Penny not thinking she's good enough for Nev since she's not a member of the 'nobles'. But what makes this book work so well for me is they communicate with each other whenever they seem to be a cross purposes. Penny though, is reluctant to tell Nev of her growing feelings for him, fearing he won't feel the same. And Nev isn't what I consider an alpha hero - therefore I can say he's just adorable. He's like a fish out of water as he struggles to take up his responsibilities to his people and not be the wastrel that his father was.

I really enjoyed everything about this book and hopefully it will jump start me back into historicals. I've missed them.

Grade: 4.25 out of 5

9 comments:

AnimeJune said...

SO glad you enjoyed this novel, Kristie! Isn't it lovely?

So sad we have to wait until NEXT YEAR for another one! Gah!

Wendy said...

You know, this one wasn't really on my personal radar - but positive reviews have been popping up for it, just about everywhere.

Sigh.

Y'all are trying to kill me. Or maybe you all have it in for My Man. One of these days the TBR is going to topple over and probably crush him to death.....

Kaetrin said...

I was another who picked this one up after AnimeJune's review and I loved it to. I gave it an A in my review. I'm really into historicals right now. I've just finished Lessons in French and I'm reading A Most Lamentable Comedy by Janet Mullany at present. I really enjoy Mullany's writing and Kinsale is always a winner for me.

rtfgvb782 said...

IS VERY GOOD..............................

orannia said...

I really want to read this. I'm a big fan of...estate rehabilitation :)

nath said...

Sounds pretty good, Kristie :D But you know what? The cover kind of puts me off ^_^; For some reasons, it makes this book feel very old-fashioned/bodice ripper. (I think it's the gold color...)

Nicole said...

Wendy's comment made me laugh. And, I agree with Nath...the cover doesn't appeal but I know better than to let that stop me. Thats why reviews like this are good. As for historicals...I think once your a fan you will be a fan even though the desire will ebb and flow. I often get my fill for awhile but I always go back eventually. Btw, did you ever read Judith James second novel Highland Rebel (I think). Just read it and really enjoyed it, and I know you really liked Broken Wing. Another historical that was sort of "different" was Delicious by Sherry Thomas. Her books read so easily. There are so many of the same ol thing, it's nice to find someone who can give the historical a new twist.

~ames~ said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed it. And I'm also glad you mentioned how these two communicate. I have been so sick of characters that don't tell each other how they're feeling, what's going on, etc. So frustrating! Can't wait to read this!

Carolyn said...

I bought it based on your review, Kristy, and did not regret doing so. Just enough of everything to keep me happy. *grin*