Lord Adam Calthorpe had been rash in his promise to look out for a fellow soldier’s sister who was killed at waterloo. Miss Katherine Payne was a golden eyed shrew who took genuine delight in flouting Adam’s authority at every turn.
One of my favorite books of all time is PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen. It has to do with the confusion Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy had with one another. That confusion, that tension, is a great way to pull in readers and keep them reading. That said, Sylvia Andrew learned this lesson in her book LORD CALTHORPE’S PROMISE.
Yes, it is a Harlequin. Yes, it is a Historical Romance. Yes, this could potentially deter you from reading it. However, the book is filled with enjoyable characters that made me laugh and cling to the last electronic pages to its conclusion (I have an ebook version, but it’s in print too).
Lord Adam Calthorpe is similar to Mr. Darcy in that he is dutiful and can come across as a bit aloof. However, he has plenty of emotion that doesn’t give him a complete Darcy experience. Just the same, Kate Payne is a highly opinionated and spunky woman. If anything, this book is an immersion of Shakespeare’s TAMING OF THE SHREW and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. There is plenty of arguing between our hero and heroine followed by kisses, confusion, anger, threats, and AMAZINGNESS! In case you are worried, the two characters have more of that romantic comedy tension, not a creepy, bad, dysfunctional tension.
The two main characters are the tip of the iceberg in awesome characters. Two characters that I hold highly in this book is Mrs. Calthorpe and Ivo Trenchbard. Mrs. Calthorpe is Adam Calthorpe’s mother. She is equally strong and opinionated, but she uses the grace and skills of being a woman in society to twist things in her favor. She is the most delightful female character I’ve read and I love her. She reminds me much of my Momma or Mormor. Ivo, is just a flirtatious great man. Who doesn’t love the good playboy characters in books?
Honestly, even though this book was hard for me to get into at first, by the time I reached page 100, I was hooked. I was so hooked that I finished the book in one day! If you like a romance that doesn’t have to have sex or a book that has lifetime characters, LORD CALTHORPE’S PROMISE is the book to read.