Another delightful YA Regency romance from this author... An Unlikely Proposition by Rosalyn Eves (Review) #anunlikelyproposition #rosalyneves #yabooks #yalit #historicalromance #newbooks #booktwitter @RosalynEves @MacmillanUSA @austenprose

Welcome to my tour stop! I loved the first book by this author (review coming) and was excited to see what would happen in this sophomore release. It did not disappoint! Read my full review below...

An Unlikely Proposition
(Unexpected Seasons #2)
By Rosalyn Eves
YA Historical Romance
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & eBook, 304 Pages
March 5, 2024 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)


A standalone companion to An Improbable Season, this Regency romance ⁠― perfect for fans of Bridgerton ― is about following your heart, pursuing your dreams, and falling head over heels in love.

Eleanor did not come to London to be proper and boring. After the death of her husband and a year of mourning, the seventeen year old wants nothing more than her independence and to have a little fun. She’s hardly looking to remarry, despite pressures from her late husband’s nephew, who is keen on obtaining her inheritance. Eleanor quickly devises a plan that includes a fake engagement. What’s not a part of the plan? Falling for a dashing, quiet man outside of her social circle – a man who is not her betrothed. Can she survive the Season with her heart and her fortune intact?

Thalia is determined to begin afresh after a disastrous first Season in London. No romantic distractions, but only her work as a poet and newfound companion to Eleanor. Determined to get her poems published, she struggles to be taken seriously as a female writer. As the spring progresses, Thalia does not expect to take interest in a man from her past (a man who is engaged to her employer, no less!), but some feelings demand to be felt even if the timing isn’t quite right.

Rosalyn Eves's An Unlikely Proposition is a transportive Regency drama that captures the sparkle of London, thrill of friendship, and swoon of new love.

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My Review

AN UNLIKELY PROPOSITION is a story about a girl whose life wasn't always easy or full of wealth and another girl who wants to fulfill her dreams while moving on from almost being ruined. They face challenges on every side, friendship, and unexpected romance as reach for their happily-ever-afters. Strong female characters, an entertaining plot, and a few twists and turns make for an engaging story. An ideal read for YA and older fans of Regency romance

These characters were delightful! I met Thalia in the previous book, but Eleanor was new to me. Both girls are vibrant and strong, but very different with different interests, hopes, struggles and love interests. I liked that Thalia isn't the usual staid miss who simpers while trying to catch a man to marry. Instead, she's a girl who dreams of her poetry being published and finding her own place in the world not dependent on marriage. Eleanor is an independent and wealthy widow who is trying to find her own happiness and hold on to her stable life. They each had their own lessons to learn, but both had to be vulnerable and open their hearts to the possibility of love. Their male counterparts were also great characters, who I loved, especially Henry.

The plot moved at a good pace and held my interest from the first to the last page. The romance weaves its way through and slowly builds without overtaking the story. There are themes of friendship and family, sharing burdens and trust, and a bit of suspense and humor. The dialogue was done well as was the historical background. This story has all the feels as well. 

In the end, was it what I wished for? Another delightful YA Regency romance from this author with all the things I love about stories. It's a book that I'd definitely recommend to friends. I can't wait to see what this author writes next!

Content: Some suggestive content but clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy through Austenprose PR, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

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About the Author

Rosalyn Eves grew up in the Rocky Mountains, dividing her time between reading books and bossing her siblings into performing her dramatic scripts. As an adult, the telling and reading of stories are still some of her favorite things to do. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys spending time with her chemistry professor husband and three children, watching British period pieces, or hiking through the splendid landscape of southern Utah, where she lives. She dislikes housework on principle.

She has a PhD in English from Penn State and teaches English at Southern Utah University.

Rosalyn is represented by Josh Adams of Adams literary.

Photo by Erin Summerill

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