Title: A Practical Arrangement
Author: Nadja Notariani
Genre: Historical Romance, Romance,
Publisher: Indie Published
Ebook Pages: appx. 195
Miss Evangeline Grey, intelligent and sensible, has no desire to marry, her reluctance born from the dire warnings of her overly emotional mother. Her father has other ideas, however, and decrees that unless she weds by the spring, he will choose a husband for her.
Prim and proper Evangeline accepts her father's issue with little more than mild alarm. Knowing herself plain of face and sharp of tongue, she believes herself capable of warding off any perspective suitor. Her plan goes awry when the scandalous seducer, Mr. Thomas Masterson, visits her family's home, for Thomas has learned that he must procure a wife to receive his full inheritance.
When he discovers Evangeline's predicament matches his own, Thomas determines to orchestrate a practical arrangement. A war of wit and word results, and Thomas finds himself ever more beguiled by the soft heart he discovers under Miss Grey's stern, inhibited exterior. Patiently, he endeavors to gain her respect and awaken her passions. As tenuous trust blooms between the rake and the reluctant, unfortunate events – and Thomas' past reputation – threaten to destroy the peace and happiness he has found within the bonds of his Practical Arrangement.
I was drawn to this story because I love historical romances with arranged marriages and I loved the cover of the book. I thought that the author did a good job of portraying why Evangeline was so adverse to having any feelings for Mr. Thomas Masterson-her mother scared her with stories of her own marriage. I enjoyed Thomas bringing Evangeline out of her shell and making her realize that not all marriages were the same.
The biggest problem I had though was that I just could not connect with Evangeline at all, but despite that I still wanted to see how the romance played out. I'm glad I stuck it out and I enjoyed seeing Evangeline grow. Most of this book is set around Christmas, and I enjoyed this as a holiday read.
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About the Author:
Nadja Notariani was born in Rochester, Pennsylvania. Her upbringing included very diverse environments, affording wide and varied richness of ethnic and religious tradition. Raised in both an Italian/Mediterranean American home and a traditional German household, Nadja gleaned the unique benefits of viewing the world through two widely different lenses.
Nadja resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania, ever embracing new adventures with her husband, three sons, and faithful German Shepherd. She also boasts two daughters, who have flown the nest to pursue their own adventures.
Within her titles, readers can find romance and adventure, from contemporary to paranormal to historical, always with a happily-ever-after. Nadja enjoys hearing from readers and can be found at her website, on Facebook, Goodreads, and at Romance Novel Center. Readers are welcome to contact her via email.