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The Heir and The Enchantress (The Enchantresses Book 5) (utgåvan 2021)

av Paullett Golden (Författare)

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Medlem:TheGenreMinx
Titel:The Heir and The Enchantress (The Enchantresses Book 5)
Författare:Paullett Golden (Författare)
Info:Paullett Golden (2021), 243 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:*****
Taggar:ARC, historical romance, 5th in a series, fiction, read 2021, Genre Minx Reviews

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The Heir and The Enchantress (The Enchantresses Book 5) av Paullett Golden

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The Heir and The Enchantress by Paullett Golden

This is a standalone in a series. I have not read any of the other books and had no problems with the story.

Hazel and one of her best friends, Agnes is determined to marry for love. But due to an unfortunate incident, as the two are playing matchmakers and enablers for Agnes' governess, they are caught up in a disaster that causes Hazel to become married to Harold Hobbs, heir to Collingswood barony.

Hazel and Harold were already betrothed from childhood, but have not seen each other for years. Harold wanted to marry for love but instead offers up their match to save Hazel from disgrace.

How they decide to live with their choices is interesting. You can have a cheerless, loveless union or take steps to make it a glorious, heartfelt union.

Sincere thanks to #netgalley for the complimentary copy of #theheirandtheenchantress I was under no obligation to post a review. ( )
  HuberK | Apr 27, 2021 |
A historical romance with all the feels! If you are familiar with The Enchantresses series then you will be excited to learn that The Heir and The Enchantress is a prequel of sorts that gives a glimpse into the history of Hazel and her husband, Harold. If this is the first time you are learning about this series, then you are in luck because this story can be read as a standalone. Even better news is that you can start with book one, The Earl and The Enchantress, after reading this story and you will be introduced to a most amazing group of characters. Not to mention some of the swooniest romances!

I have been a fan of this series since the start and Hazel is one character who had stood out to me both then and now. I was thrilled to learn that she was going to have her own story and that not only would I get to know a younger her but that I would also get to know the man who was the father of Walter. I had completely fell in love with Walter’s character in The Baron and The Enchantress and I was only too excited to learn more about the man who was his father. This story did not disappoint!

As I have come to expect, The Heir and The Enchantress was everything I hoped for from an installment in this amazing series! I loved seeing Hazel as a young woman, she was both headstrong and loyal and not much had changed over the years. Harold was a character I came to admire! I only wish that I could have spent more time with him in this series. He was such a good man and even from a young age it was clear that he had a good moral code and an even stronger streak of honor. I can see how Walter turned out so well given who his parents were.

So much more than a romance, this story is about innocence, deception, greed, lust, and love. Both Hazel and Harold were thrust into a situation that was not of their own making but they were committed to seeing things through regardless. Even with reveals that opened their eyes to the ugliness of avarice, Hazel and Harold held to each other with a steadfastness that was commendable. Given the ages of the characters, they reacted with wisdom beyond their years! I loved the dance of romance that Hazel and Harold embarked on in The Heir and The Enchantress and not only would I recommend this story to you but I would also recommend the entire series. Such a swoony and riveting romance!

*This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.* ( )
2 rösta TheGenreMinx | Mar 17, 2021 |
I absolutely adored Hazel Trethow and Harold Hobbs. Both were placed in untenable positions, yet made the best of those situations by looking forward rather than bemoaning what had happened to them. Sadly, both were victims of family greed and were used, unfeelingly, as pawns to garner more wealth for their families. The book is, as always, very well-written, nicely-plotted, and delivered at a smooth and even pace. This author always creates wonderfully inviting characters and stories and I have enjoyed everything she’s written.

Harold Hobbs is the son of a very wealthy baron. Well, his father pretends they have enormous wealth anyway. What they really have is a father who takes more and more chances with wild investments in pursuit of enormous wealth. What they really are is totally insolvent and the creditors will be at their door at any minute. Harold can see all of the things his father is doing wrong – and has some good ideas about how to fix them. However, his father is totally fixated on his own schemes and dismisses Harold’s suggestions. There really isn’t anything Harold can do since he hasn’t even reached his majority yet and has absolutely no control and no leverage over his father. Even when Harold learns his father is defrauding a lifelong friend of his fortune, he has no control. All he can do is clench his teeth and accept it. Even when his father tells him he plans to cancel Harold’s lifelong betrothal, he feels he has no options. Harold had really been looking forward to courting the young lady now that he is back from three long years in India.

Hazel Trethow is the apple of her father’s eye – he totally dotes on her. While her father is enamored of her lifelong betrothal to his best friend’s son, Hazel wants a love match. She’s been watching and pursuing one man in particular, but he’s ignoring her. She wonders what her betrothed is like, but she’s sure he is a toad – and he looks like one when she first meets him. In a room of popinjays who are perfectly turned out in fine clothes and powdered hair, he shows up – not so well turned out. Yet, there is something about him.

When a very unfortunate situation, which neither of them has any control over, forces them into a marriage of convenience, they both want to make the best of it. After all, marriage is a lifelong commitment. It was fun to watch them build their relationship slowly and steadily. They both wanted love, but would the machinations of their fathers allow them to have what they want? When the betrayals are revealed, can their fledgling romance survive? You’ll just have to read the book to see!

I thoroughly enjoyed the book, but I did have a hard time equating the knowledge and maturity levels of these two characters with their ages. Harold isn’t even twenty-one, and yet he has already spent three years in India because of a business investment for his father. Sometime before he was seventeen and sent to India, he managed to learn all about estate management from their steward. Another thing I had a hard time with was the casual manner in which homosexuality was treated. In that time, homosexuality was a hanging offense and nobody would have been so open with it.

These characters are lovely and their romance is lovely and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them. It was fun that the marriage happened early-on in the story and the relationship was built afterward. I absolutely loved a couple of the secondary characters – Nana – Harold’s grandmother was wonderful as was Patrick, Harold’s best friend. I would have wished for more ‘punishment’ for the villains (all of them), but at least there was a bit. Being the bloodthirsty reader I am, I would have been happy with the vilest of them being thrown from his horse – over a cliff – into the ocean – onto the rocks below. However, he’ll still have to live with his scars and that will have to be enough.

I can definitely recommend the book and I hope you will read and enjoy the book as much as I did.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. ( )
2 rösta BarbaraRogers | Mar 6, 2021 |
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