The Marriage List
by Dorothy McFalls
Compelled by his family to marry, Viscount Radford Evers makes a list of his requirements for a wife. Humble tenant May Sheffers meets none of these, so why does his heart beat madly at the sight of her?
There were quite a few things I enjoyed about this Regency Romance. Viscount Evers, the hero—though handsome and rich as per form—was debilitated due to the war. May Sheffers, the heroine—not a particular beauty and twenty-four years of age!—was energetic, brave, and independent. She was also a HUGE Mary Wollstonecraft fangirl.
A predictable romance, overall, with some interesting little twists in terms of the heroine's family backstory. We have encouraging friends and a horrid uncle. A compelled marriage looms for our heroine and our hero is thinking like an idiot on occasion.
There were some (for me) annoying editing issues that I think should have been caught. Poor word usage on a couple of occasions (hey, I'm a stickler) and a few adjectives were overused. They were prevalent enough that I remember them but not enough to turn me off the story because I really wanted to see what happened to our couple and how the author would achieve the HEA!
Swoon-factor is appropriate to the genre, with the added interest of our heroine not being all "light and winsome" necessarily. I think she describes herself as "stocky". I enjoyed that.
This romance is a quick read recommended for those who want their heroes and heroines to be a bit unconventional but not too much so. :)
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Guest Reveiwer: Sandi Layne
There are many profiles that detail the author’s lifelong dream of authorship being realized with the publication of their first novel or short story. This is not one of those profiles.
To make an exceedingly odd story moreso, Sandi Layne had no wish to be a writer, but went through a storyline bootcamp in the form of strange dreams for a month and took careful notes. Fifteen years later, she’s still writing stories that veer slightly off the beaten path, both in Christian and historical fiction.
Married for more than twenty years to a very tolerant (and brilliant!) man, she has two sons, no pets,
and a plethora of imaginary friends. Her interests range from ancient civilizations to science fiction for both reading and research. With degrees in English and Ministry, she also claims Theology’s crimson Masters collar which she has been known to don on rare occasions.
If you drive by her window before dawn, it is likely she’ll have a light on for you. Or at the very least, she’ll be alert on twitter. She invites you to visit her online space at http://sandyquill.com. Bring coffee. Twitter -- Facebook