***Practical plans go awry when prim sensibilities unwittingly capture the heart of a scandalous seducer.***
Welcome to Reviews By Molly‘s Innovative Online Book Tours review stop as part of Nadja Notariani’s A Practical Arrangement virtual book tour. You’ll find more information about the book and my review below along with a giveaway. I really enjoyed this one so you definitely need to add it to your must reads list! Happy Reading!
A Practical Arrangement
September 4, 2012
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Miss Evangeline Grey, intelligent and sensible, has no desire to marry, her reluctance born from the dire warnings of her overly emotional mother. Her father has other ideas, however, and decrees that unless she weds by the spring, he will choose a husband for her.
Prim and proper Evangeline accepts her father’s issue with little more than mild alarm. Knowing herself plain of face and sharp of tongue, she believes herself capable of warding off any perspective suitor. Her plan goes awry when the scandalous seducer, Mr. Thomas Masterson, visits her family’s home, for Thomas has learned that he must procure a wife to receive his full inheritance.
When he discovers Evangeline’s predicament matches his own, Thomas determines to orchestrate a practical arrangement. A war of wit and word results, and Thomas finds himself ever more beguiled by the soft heart he discovers under Miss Grey’s stern, inhibited exterior. Patiently, he endeavors to gain her respect and awaken her passions. As tenuous trust blooms between the rake and the reluctant, unfortunate events – and Thomas’ past reputation – threaten to destroy the peace and happiness he has found within the bonds of his Practical Arrangement.
About The Author:
Nadja Notariani was born in Rochester, Pennsylvania. Her upbringing included very diverse environments, affording wide and varied richness of ethnic and religious tradition. Raised in both an Italian/Mediterranean American home and a traditional German household, Nadja gleaned the unique benefits of viewing the world through two widely different lenses.
Nadja resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania, ever embracing new adventures with her husband, three sons and faithful German Shepherd. She also boasts two grown daughters, who have flown the nest to pursue their own adventures.
Within her titles, readers can find romance and adventure, from contemporary to paranormal to historical, always with a happily-ever-after. Nadja enjoys hearing from readers and can be found at her website, on Facebook, Goodreads, and at Romance Novel Center. Readers are welcome to contact her via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I have to be honest. I didn’t think I would enjoy this book all that well. When I read the blurb, I thought it sounded really good, as I love Regency romances. But, when I opened the book, I was a little confused and didn’t like the slow pace of the story. But, as with all authors, I wanted to give Ms. Notariani a chance, and, in the end, I am quite pleased that I did! This ended up really capturing my attention after the slow beginning, and I fell in love with Evangeline and Thomas!
Evangeline. I was a little confused about her character in the beginning and her reservations with men. But, after pushing through, and seeing how she was with the handsome Thomas, I could understand her earlier reservations. Especially knowing that if she didn’t soon pick a husband, her father would do it for her. And that’s something she absolutely did not want to think about! As she got to know Thomas, I saw her truly come to life and she really ended up capturing my heart!
Thomas is a sweet character! He’s quite the rake….until he gets to know Evangeline. After being told he needs to marry in order to gain his inheritance, he’s finally decided to forego his rake mentality and decides that the quiet Evangeline is just the woman to help him do that. After spending more and more time with her, he realizes that there is more than meets the eye to Miss Grey.
These two characters are completely opposite but still they are attracted to each other. Their arrangement, as the title suggests, is a practical one, and one that is a wonderful one in the end! There are a few laughs along the way, and the accents can truly be heard as if you were standing next to these characters in real life.
If you love stories that are filled with romance, detailed history and characters that will steal your heart, give this book a try. It’s 3 Book worthy read and I would love to see more books like this from this talented author!
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