Saturday, July 4, 2020

MISS TAVISTOCK'S MISTAKE by Linore Rose Burkard, Reviewed by Paula and Trixi

Yorkshire and London 1811
Distant cousins who were betrothed in their youth are now of an age to marry.

Gabriel Rempeare has been a Captain in the war against Napoleon. He has lost his ship in a battle so must return to England. Feodora Margaret Tavistock has led a lonely life in Yorkshire thanks to her reclusive, rich uncle, the Duke.

They meet after many years and Margaret, having misjudged Gabriel, seeks to hide her identity from him. This sets in motion much misunderstanding with sometimes dire, sometimes hilarious results.

This book is campy fun with all the jargon of the Regency Era. It reminds me of an Oscar Wilde play.

It is full of dukes, earls, wastral brothers, a companion to Margaret, parties and trips to sights around London. Just what you hope for in a story set in 1811 London. Although it has the flavor of the opulent times, it is told from a Christian World View. The heroine has a warm heart under her deception and the hero is quite honorable.
*A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*4 Stars. Slight faith thread.... a clean read.


Miss Tavistock: “You are determined to dislike him.”

Miss Filbert : “You are determined to protect him.”

Miss Tavistock paused and gave an impish smile. “I am determined only to marry him,” she said, with a happy sigh. “It was my parents’ wish; it was his mother’s wish, and I have no other prospect, as you well know.”

I've said it at least a thousand times, I adore Regency fiction! I also recently discovered Linore's writing when I read “Forever, Lately”, so when I had opportunity to review this one, I didn't hesitate and she did not disappoint!

This is a story that made me chuckle in one instant to wanting to strangle Miss Margaret Tavistock in the next. Oh but her antics infuriated me, to keep up a ruse for so long would never be conducive to an honorable or trustworthy marriage! She's far too head-strong, stubborn and independent for her own good. But I think that was the beauty of this whole book and what kept me turning pages long into the night. I had to find out what will happen next. The Captain was so patient, honor bound, and has a strong sense of duty. I just don't know how he didn't lose his patience or temper with Miss Tavistock! The comedic angst of this developing romance is what kept me wanting more and what the conclusion of this story would be.

The research Burkard did shows in all the details of the Regency period; through the mannerisms of the times, speech patterns of the characters and many of the places one would see in that era. It felt as if I had stepped back in time and could envision myself inside the story. I love when an author can paint those vivid pictures in my head! I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the “Brides of Mayfair” series.

A truly wonderful Regency tale that I think will delight anyone who reads this genre! It's squeaky clean and free of vulgar language or adult situations.
*This book was provided courtesy of the author, through Interviews and Reviews.*

BackCover Blurb:
Young Miss Margaret Tavistock is promised in marriage by the wish of her dearly departed papa to Captain Rempeare. But the captain's been at sea for a decade. When she finally meets him, tempestuous sparks fly, and she impulsively adopts a daring false identity. Going by "Lady X," she vows never to marry such an infuriating man.

Captain Gabriel Rempeare is prepared to fulfill his duty and marry Miss Tavistock--if only he can clap eyes on her! Circumstances keep them apart, though he cannot seem to avoid the maddeningly lovely Lady X.

When the two are thrown together in Mayfair, Miss Tavistock discovers the real nature of the captain, and regrets her subterfuge. But can such a noble man forgive deceit? Or has her mistake already cost her everything? 

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