The Story of a Baron (book review)
The Story of a Baron was written by Linda Rae Sande. It is the first book in the Sisters of Aristocracy series. This post has been organized by N K Author Services. I was provided with a copy in exchange for my honest book review. All opinions are my own.
About the book:
Jeffrey Althorpe is in need of more income for the struggling Sommers barony. As a peer of the realm, he’s not allowed to work, but if he’s able to earn money from a book he’s written – anonymously, of course - no one will be the wiser. A dowry would be easier, but then he would have to find a wife willing to marry a baron.
While her brother, the Earl of Everly, is away on one of his lengthy expeditions, Lady Evangeline is left behind in London to spend her days creating exquisite embroideries and reading books. She's about to buy The Story of a Baron at The Temple of Muses when Lord Sommers suddenly appears. He’s intent on buying the very same book, but there's only the one copy.
Desperate to discover what changes his publisher might have made to his story - without letting on he’s the author - Jeffrey suggests they read it together. Evangeline's sterling reputation could use a bit of scandal, she decides, and so she agrees to Lord Sommer's proposal.
As the two read The Story a Baron, Evangeline realizes some of the characters and settings are just a bit too familiar. And a bit too close to home. Was she the inspiration for the baron’s secret love, a bold, brash woman whose reputation is in tatters?
With her own reputation suddenly in question, Evangeline finds her life imitating art. How can the book have a happy ending when she wishes she’d never purchased The Story of a Baron?
To start, I have to say the cover is a little bit stereotypical cheesy romance novel cover. The book was SO much better than this cover.
The parallel stories of the book in a book had me falling in love with the story two times over. It was very cleverly set up with chapters of "real life" and chapters the characters were then reading. I love the stories in the historical era of the nobility classes. Dukes, Earls, Barons, Viscounts.... the gowns and ladies in waiting... all of the balls with the ladies and their dance cards... it all has an immediate romance to it in my mind. It also makes it very easy to write a story of innocence, but with a serious underlying sexual tension. Reading as Jeffrey and Evangeline tiptoe around their attraction (and occasionally letting it boil to the top) made for a fun page-turner. I can't wait to see who Lord Sommers next anonymous novel will be about!
I can imagine it would be a real turn on to read a steamy romance novel at the same time, while sitting next to, the man you're attracted to. Might have to convince Nick to read a book with me to test it out. lol
About the author:
A self-described nerd and lover of science, Linda Rae spent many years as a published technical writer specializing in 3D graphics workstations, software and 3D animation (her movie credits include SHREK and SHREK 2). An interest in genealogy led to years of research on the Regency era and a desire to write fiction based in that time.
Now running the front office of a busy print shop, she's developed an appreciation for pretty papers and spends time using them in her scrapbooks. She can frequently be found at the local cinema enjoying the latest movie. During the winter, she hosts several junior hockey players, and an indeterminate number of tropical fish live with her year-round. She makes her home in Cody, Wyoming.