The perfect start to this new series... Emmeline by Jennifer Moore (Review) @Covenant_Comm

(The Blue Orchid Society #0.5)
By Jennifer Moore
Adult Historical Romance, Novella
ebook, 112 Pages
April 20th 2020 by Covenant Communications


A Regency Romance Novella

As Arthur Bremerton, Lord Mather, hurries to the opening session of Parliament, he is incensed to find his way blocked by a boisterous group protesting for women’s rights. But his annoyance turns to mortification when he finds his own cousin among their ranks, alongside a beautiful suffragette who engages him in a fierce battle of words and wills.

Emmeline’s fight for equality is just one facet of her wide-ranging interests. At the moment, her most pressing concern is how she and her mother, an eccentric Baroness, are to begin again after the family’s fortune was squandered following her father’s death. After her heated disagreement with Lord Mather, the only thought she gives the infuriating man is the hope that they will never meet again. But alas, this hope is in vain: unbeknownst to them, both Emmeline and Arthur are to be guests at a three-week house party, and fate seems determined to throw them together at every opportunity.

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My Review

EMMELINE is a Regency romance set during a time when England was battling against its own in regard to rights and laws across all social classes and the beginning of the women's suffrage movement that would take almost a hundred years to finally find success. This historical setting is in the background as the two main characters (who hold opposite opinions) begin at odds, then find respect, and slowly build to the possibility of more. With dialogue full of sparks, plenty of chemistry, and delightful characters, readers are sure to love this story!

You can tell you have a talented author when a novella feels like a full-length novel and when the characters come alive and are fully fleshed out even with the shorter page count. This is such an author and she fantastically succeeds with this story! I loved Emmeline from the start! She is feisty, confident, and isn't afraid to fight for what she thinks is right and is particularly stubborn while doing so. She also hides hurt and a soft heart. Arthur comes into the story giving us the impression of an old stodgy man, suck in his ways, and obstinately stubborn. However, that impression is short lived. He definitely is opinionated and stubborn, but has a willingness to bend and is respectful to those who are equally intelligent. Emmeline and Arthur together are quite the pair. They are both so strong in their opinions and definitely don't get along at first, but eventually they find that they have the same passion for politics and the people, even if they disagree on how to handle things. I loved their sparing and the romantic sparks it literally created between them. The author really did a marvelous job with their characters, but also in allowing them to show a bit of vulnerability and the slowly-building romance that was delightful in every way.

A couple of favorite quotes:

"Why do I, as a woman, have this mind if I'm not meant to use it?"

"I am not. My circumstance, you see, is not of my own making. As a woman, I cannot control my mother's jointure settlement, the running of my father's estate, or the resulting allowance it provides for my living." She sat tall and looked the other woman in the eye. "I can, however, control my attitude, my words, and how I treat people."

My one complaint would be that two of the gentlemen present for the house party were a bit flat, making it difficult for me to keep them straight. However, they weren't really important to the story and didn't have any impact on my enjoyment of it.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a delightful, entertaining, thought-provoking read! I loved every minute and can not wait for the rest of the books in this series!

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Source: Purchased

Other Books in the Series

Solving Sophronia
(The Blue Orchid Society #1)
By Jennifer Moore
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 224 Pages
May 1st 2020 by Covenant Communications


Lady Sophronia Bremerton is a far cry from the typical debutante, but she's the toast of London's upper class for one simple reason: she's a society columnist for the London Illustrated News, and the gentry loves seeing their exploits printed in the gossip pages. But Sophie has bigger plans she aspires to be an investigative reporter. When a stuffy ballroom at yet another Season proves to be nothing more than the usual rumor mill, Sophie seeks respite in the library alongside four other young women who, for their own reasons, are also looking for escape. As the conversation turns to their secret ambitions, the women form a sisterhood and a bold plan: they will make their dreams a reality, no matter the obstacles. Thus begins the Blue Orchid Society.

Hearing of a murder in a London rookery, Sophie seizes the opportunity to prove her skills. Detective Jonathan Graham doesn't believe a civilian, a noblewoman at that, should be anywhere near a murder investigation, but Sophie insists on helping bring the killer to justice. Her investigative prowess doesn't go unnoticed by the police, especially Jonathan, who can't decide whether this intrepid reporter is a thorn in his side or the woman of his dreams. But as the case grows more complicated and dangerous, their very lives and their hearts may be at risk.

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