A CERTAIN WANT OF REASON
February 1, 2007
Rating: 4 Cups
Lucia Wright is invited to stay with an old school friend and enjoy the season in London. Since her mother passed away, she has been responsible for taking care of her brother and sister, who happen to be mentally unbalanced twins.
Edmund Rutherford is unhappily betrothed to Jeanne Newman, and has been since he was a mere boy. For years he has been trying unsuccessfully to convince her to end the engagement. Now he has finally found a perfect plan that is sure to chase her away for good.
When Lucia’s siblings are brought to London so she can keep a close eye on them, things unfortunately take a turn for the worse. When Lord Rutherford is acting on his plan to alienate his fiancé, he encounters Lucia’s brother, and Edmund is in danger, which is certainly not part of his plan. He soon finds himself trapped in a mental facility and the only person he can trust is Lucia, a woman he barely knows, but is undeniably attracted to.
Ms. Dolan’s regency romance is amazing. I found myself completely absorbed in the story. Lucia and Edmund are both terrific characters, full of depth and personality. The cast of secondary characters are very entertaining as well. The plot is unique and engaging, and the dialogue is fun and provocative. Storytelling that flows this effortlessly makes a pleasant and satisfying read. A Certain Want of Reason is truly exhilarating, one of the best regency romances I have ever read.
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