Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Review of NEARLY A LADY by Alissa Johnson

Historical Romance
Penguin, USA
336 pages

Available June 7, 2011

Trying to repair the damage his step-mother's embezzlement of the family estate had caused, Lord Gideon Haverston sets out to right the wrongs caused by her greed. Expecting to receive great welcome to the good news of the reimbursement of funds, he is perplexed by the cold distrustful reception he receives from Winifred.

Winifred Blythe is leery to believe what Gideon has to offer, after years of neglect. She finds it difficult to accept that her circumstances have truly reversed. 
For those who like traditional Regencies, NEARLY A LADY would be a good choice for you. The passion between Gideon and Winifred is very low-key, as they took their time to get to know one another, not rushing into anything. Gideon suffered from extreme guilt, which I could feel compassion for, it also made me understand his reluctance more. Winifred's issues with trust were apparent from the start of the book, and really, who could blame the poor girl.

There were parts of this story that drug for me, where nothing really seemed to be going on. Sure it's nice to see characters in their everyday life, but some of that seemed to be added to beef up the story. Something else that bothered me about the book, was the fact that while Winifred was 26 years old, she was continually treated more like an 18 year old, I found that very annoying,but at least she didn't act like a teenager. Also, I felt that the one love scene between Gideon and Winifred just didn't flow well with the story, I figured that they waited as long as they did, why add it now-even though I could see that it was being added as a device to bring them together. 

Rating 3.5/5