The Nobleman's Daughter by Jen Geigle Johnson (Review & #Giveaway)

I love period romances and am happy to see new authors joining the genre! Hopefully there will be more to come from this debut author. Read my full review and enter the giveaway below...

The Gentleman's Daughter
by Jen Geigle Johnson
Adult Historical Romance, Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 272 Pages
November 1st 2017 by Covenant Communications


While British high society primps and plays, the impoverished citizens of London languish. But there are those fighting for the freedom of common citizens—including two members of the aristocracy who secretly champion revolution. In the drawing rooms of the upper class, Lady Amanda and Lord Nathaniel flirt and tease with the best of them as she pretends to win every heart in London for sport, and he, to conquer them. But in truth, their flirtation is merely a facade designed to keep their clandestine actions hidden from the ton—and from each other. When Nathaniel presents himself as a potential suitor, the attraction between the two is undeniable—but the faces they portray to the world are not enough to win each other's hearts.

While their crusade for London's poor unites them more deeply than they could imagine, Amanda and Nathaniel struggle to trust one another with their true ideals and identities. But when the call to action leads Amanda into the path of danger, she can only hope that Nathaniel will see through her frivolous pretense. Because now, only the aid of the suitor she loves most—but trusts least—can save her.

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My Review

THE NOBLEMAN'S DAUGHTER is a tale of spirit, passion, and love as a young women yearns to be free from her own restrictions while joining the fight for freedom of all classes. The time period is intriguing as England's nobility face off against the non-titled, working classes. The characters are vivid and well drawn, with a few unexpected twists. An overall likable read.

I really liked these characters! Amanda and Nathaniel are a good match and their chemistry is definitely felt. I especially loved the first opening chapters as we first meet them and as they first meet each other. Amanda's family was very caring and indulgent and played quite a strong role in the story. I also liked learning more about this time period, even if most was fictionalized. Having read a similar story earlier this year set during the same time made me think about the different direction this author took from the other and how both worked quite well. I enjoyed the balance of fun and frivolity mixed with serious, dangerous moments, and then romantic and sweet ones. There was a fairly constant feeling of danger or suspense throughout the story that was easy to feel as a reader.

There were a few things that bothered me. One was in regards to some of Amanda's and Nathaniel's actions. There were some that would have ruined Amanda or both of them (like kissing in an open phaeton in the middle of a park during the social time and no one noticing). Some actions felt more off to me because of how the characters acted themselves. I also felt Amanda was a little too forward and got into unrealistic situations. I also just didn't buy Nathaniel's' need to hide his actual thoughts on the situation from Amanda and others. It seemed he was trying to play the part of a spy or rebel without being fully committed to that in the story. Really, I just wanted the setting and the character's behaviors to be more believable and authentic, especially because I wanted to love this story more!

In the end, was it what I wished for? I enjoyed this story, but also wanted more from it.

Content: Some violence, but clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.

About the Author

Jen Geigle Johnson discovered her love for uncovering fascinating pieces of history while kayaking on the Thames near London as a young teenager. Now an award-winning author and mother of six, she loves to share bits of history that might otherwise be forgotten. Whether in Regency England, the French Revolution, or Colonial America, her romance novels are much like life is supposed to be: full of adventure. She is a member of the RWA, the SCBWI, and Storymakers. She is also the chair of the Lonestar.Ink writing conference. Look for her first book to be published November 2017, The Nobleman’s Daughter.

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