TO CAPTURE LOVE
The Wild Rose Press
Rating: 4 Cups
Pauline has struck a deal with her parents; in return for them allowing her to pursue her sculpting, she must attend five Ton events a season and smile at prospective suitors. Her latest sculpture is a challenge, and she must learn all about its subject.
Matthew “Stone” Livingstone, Earl of Ashford, has been injured in the Peninsular Wars, and he also lost his brother in the same conflict. The sculptor P. Black may just be the artist to capture Geoffrey’s irrepressible spirit, but the artist is very reclusive.
A female artist is charged with capturing the likeness of a soldier killed in battle. His brother is unaware of her identity, and she faces the challenge of learning all she can about her subject without giving herself away.
Stone and Pauline are really well developed characters. Pauline is an artist in a time where a female sculptor is definitely not accepted. She also maintains her place in society as a compromise with her parents, who are very forward thinking for their time. Stone is mourning the loss of a beloved brother, suffering from an injury and avoiding the matchmakers of the Ton. He is looking forward to the tribute he has commissioned, but frustrated by the secrecy behind the artist. He is intrigued and attracted to Pauline who suddenly disappears. This is a very well written Regency type tale and the characters are so real the reader will feel that they know them. The author has a very good grasp of the period. I loved the way Pauline is able to live in both worlds, as a marriageable young woman of society, and as a very talented artist, all with the approval of her family. This is a great story that fans of this genre will definitely want to read.
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