1 May 2020

A Mother For His Family by Susanne Dietze Review

Love Inspired Historical 
January 2nd 2018, 288 Pages
Print and Ebook

Lady Helena Stanhope’s reputation is in tatters…and she’s lost any hope for a “respectable” ton marriage. An arranged union is the only solution. But once Helena weds formidable Scottish widower John Gordon, Lord Ardoch, and encounters his four mischievous children, she’s determined to help her new, ever-surprising family. Even if she’s sure love is too much to ask for.

All John needs is someone to mother his admittedly unruly brood. He never imagined that beautiful Lady Helena would be a woman of irresistible spirit, caring and warmth. Or that facing down their pasts would give them so much in common. Now, as danger threatens, John will do whatever it takes to convince Helena their future together—and his love—are for always.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

A Mother for His Family is a rather enjoyable spin on the typical marriage of convenience story  and a great  follow up to Mrs Dietze's first Regency novel The Reluctant Guardian. (Its been a couple of years since I read that, and I might give it a re-read.
 There's a passel of impish and mischievous children, a blackmailer, a manor house in remote Scotland and a newly married couple keeping some secrets from one another.

Overall, its an enjoyable Regency novel with a slow burning romance. Not trite or predictable. Historical events and details are woven well into the story and some difficult or controversial subjects are dealt with sensitively.

Helen was a great character. Although thrown in the proverbial deep end with her marriage, she has to use her wit and intelligence to get by. She is vulnerable, but doesn't tend to show it and tries to help and assist her adoptive family in the best way she knows.

I only had a couple of complaints about Americanisms (eating with forks etc). Also, there was one scene where Helena starts preaching at the villain which just didn't come over as appropriate or realistic in the context. It just seemed contrived and not like something a person in that situation would do. At least not a normal, flawed, human being.

                                                                      A solid 4 star read. 

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