Type: Historical Romance
My Copy: Sent
Review By: Beth M.
The headstrong and beautiful Alexandra Douglas is summoned to London from the seminary for young ladies upon the death of her father, Sir Arthur Douglas. There, the family lawyer explains to her that she and her invalid sister, Sylvia, have been left penniless, disinherited, delegitimized. Her father had divorced her mother on the grounds of insanity, making the children of the marriage illegitimate, but still allowing him to remarry. On Sir Arthur’s death, his considerable wealth and estates passed to a distant relative, while his widowed second wife and stepson received handsome inheritances.
Alex is determined to get the inheritance that she and her sister are due.When she sees an advertisement for a librarian at her former family home, she applies in the guise of an impoverished middle-aged spinster with experience as a school librarian.But when The Honorable Peregrine Sullivan arrives for a weekend of hunting with Alex’s stepbrother and immediately notices that the librarian is not who she appears to be, she finds it impossible to keep her distance.With her elaborate scheme unraveling and her future in jeopardy, Alex must rely on her wits—and her new love—to make sure justice is served.
This is the first time I have read a book by Jane Feather. It is also a first for me to read the last book in a trilogy first. When I started the book I thought I was going to really enjoy it. However, I struggled through this book. For me it ended up being a very slow read. For as long as the book dragged out the ending was too abrupt.
I felt as if it was missing some components. It could be because I did not read the other two books. We didn’t learn much about the mean cousin who supposedly controlled the inheritance for our heroin, Alexandra. After we hear about her tragedy we are immediately dropped into the library of her old home. We learn in bits and pieces what her plan is and how she ended up there. We do not learn much of the hero’s story. Again just in dribbled bits and pieces. We do not even learn much about the valuable books in the library. We barely get a taste of the uncle that put Peregrine into a most difficult situation. Alexandra has a passion for books and a love for her sister that is supposed to go beyond herself. Yet, we barely see them interact. When we do, I felt it was rushed. I would have liked the tension between the two main characters to be more intense. I tend to get disappointed when they pronounce their love before anything really happens or before they even spend much time together.
I also felt that there wasn’t closure on some aspects of the plot. We didn’t find out what happened to the heroine evil cousin, the precious books, or the heroines sister. The big rescue was really lacking any excitement. We didn’t even get a chance to really feel she was in a bad predicament. The wedding was supposed to be very important part of this book. Vital to Peregrine’s inheritance. I felt we didn’t even get to partake in the celebration of the wedding. Even the cruel uncle ended is life in a very non dramatic way.
The story line has great potential. I really wanted to get sucked into it. It just didn’t happen for me.
Beth gives An Unsuitable Bride by Jane Feather 2.50 stars