'An excellent example of the Regency period romance.'
Louisa Medcalf despairs that her twenty-year-old daughter Maria will never marry – or worse yet, that she will marry a man below the family’s ‘to the manor born’ station in English society.
However, Maria is determined not to marry just any man, regardless of his station. Her uncompromising stance that her future husband must also share her fervour for strict adherence to Christian principles is of paramount importance.
Edward Cavendish is a dangerous liaison but outwardly he is the perfect gentleman. Initially unimpressed by Maria, his attitude towards her warms somewhat when he learns she has just become an heiress to a large fortune and of Brampton Hall – a property Cavendish has been struggling to buy for years.
James Gardner is a devout Christian and a wealthy landowner. He is also besotted with Maria. However, Maria is cautious and wary of James because of her past experiences. During a ball to celebrate Maria’s 21st birthday, an unwelcome guest makes an appearance.
The unthinkable happens and Maria’s world is instantly thrown into disarray. She has trusted in God to guide her entire life, but her faith has been sorely tested.
Will she ever recover?
Or is it too late for Maria to ever find true love?
Character Development: 4 out of 5
Plot Development: 4 out of 5
Flow of Plot: 5 out of 5
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5
A thoroughly enjoyable historical romance. The main character is developed well enough that you truly care about what happens to her.
It flows with ease and allows you to immerse yourself fully in the story. I loved the captions with the dates, this helped show the passage of time.
The descriptions are extremely vivid yet do not overwhelm the story or slow it down. I really enjoyed the book.
BRAMPTON HALL appeals to adult readers of all ages who enjoy a good romance story with a strong female protagonist, vibrant supporting characters, a few good plot twists and a villainous suitor who threatens Maria's 'happily ever after'.