Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Historical Fiction Virtual Fiction Book Tours Book Review: A Rational Attachment

A Rational Attachment by Lauren Gilbert

Publication Date: December 26, 2019


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Genre: Historical Fiction

The daughter of a wealthy business man in York, Anne Emmons knows her father wants her to marry well. Anne, however, has always dreamed of marrying for love. Set in the Regency period, Anne’s introduction to London Society is made difficult by her personal ambitions as well as her family’s lack of aristocratic connections. In time, Anne finds her way aided by family and friends and the surprising support of one of the Ton’s leading figures. Will she succeed in finding the love she desires, or will she settle for a marriage transaction?

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Review:  I love regency romance. This was the genre that I started reading when I graduated from middle grade books to adult books. (Yeah I did skip past YA..but the 80s weren't all that full of fabulous YA)

Anne is a daughter of a wealthy man, who unfortunately doesn't have any connections. This is a time when high born ladies don't marry for love. Marriages of Convenience are the norm, but Anne wants to marry for love.

This book really doesn't fit my idea of a romance though. There is no grand passion between Anne and Charles. This book is more a snapshot of regency life for a woman not to of the TON.

Anne is a bluestocking and the daughter of a wealthy man in trade. That sets her up for a lot issues with some members of society. She gets jabs here and there throughout the book, but she always manages to rise above.

That's probably the one flaw I found with this book. Although Anne certainly did have her insecurities, there was no real conflict. It was just a lovely day to day portrait of a young woman in regency England who was obviously ahead of her time in many of her thoughts.

I expected at times to find her debating of who to marry, but that wasn't the case, or her father arranging her to be wed. Again, not forthcoming. There were small dramas, just like most people's lives.

All in all, it was a lovely little read.

Rating: 5 flowers

About the Author
An avid reader, Lauren Gilbert has always dreamed of writing books, and has written all her life. She enjoys non-fiction (especially history) and fiction alike. Favorite authors include James Thomas Flexner, Alison Weir, Diana Gabaldon, Sharon Kay Penman, Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, and, of course, Jane Austen. Lauren is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, and has delivered presentations for chapter meetings, as well as a break-out session at the 2011 JASNA Annual General Meeting. Now semi-retired after a career spanning almost 30 years, HEYERWOOD: A Novel is her first published novel. Another novel, A RATIONAL ATTACHMENT, has just been released and a non-fiction work is in process. Lauren is a contributor to the English Historical Fiction Authors blog, and has several articles in CASTLES, CUSTOMS, AND KINGS True Tales by English Historical Fiction Authors volumes 1 and 2. Lauren Gilbert lives in Florida with her husband.

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Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, February 17
Review at Books and Zebras
Interview at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, February 18
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Wednesday, February 19
Review at YA, It's Lit

Thursday, February 20
Feature at I'm Into Books
Interview at Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Friday, February 21
Review at Gwendalyn's Books

Monday, February 24
Review at Passages to the Past

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away one eBook and one paperback copy of A Rational Attachment! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

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– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on February 24th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is to the US only.
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A Rational Attachment


Passages to the Past said...

So happy that you enjoyed A Rational Attachment! Thank you for being on the tour!

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Lauren Gilbert said...

I appreciate your featuring my book on your blog and your kind comments. Thank you!

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