Not every match is made at the marriage mart…
After a disastrous, short-lived engagement and years of caring for her ailing grandmother, Phoebe Hallsmith is resigned to spinsterhood. But if she must be unmarried, far better to be of use than languishing at home, disappointing her parents. As an employee of the Everton Domestic Society of London, Phoebe accepts a position at the country home of an old friend and discovers an estate—and a lord of the manor—in a state of complete chaos.
Losing himself in the bottle has done nothing to ease Markus Flammel’s grief over losing his wife. Not even his toddler daughter can bring him back from the brink. Now this fiery, strong-minded redhead has taken over his home, firing and hiring servants at will and arousing unexpected desire. As not one, but two, suitors suddenly vie for Phoebe’s hand, can Markus move past loss and fight for a future with the woman who has transformed his world?
Romance | Adult Fiction | Historical Romance
Received a copy of A Lady’s Honor in exchange for an honest review. Thank you A.S. Fenichel and Book End Tours for allowing me to read this!
Perfection. Seriously, this was absolutely beautiful. What I love most about historical fiction, especially when romance is involved, is the ability for the author to create such a whirlwind of emotional connections between the characters while still grasping on the true historical nature of the time setting. Regardless of the miss tells, it is fiction and above all the author can do whatever to make it evolve into such an amazing story with a great backbone to boot.
So lets jump right into the good stuff head first, shall we?
The point of a historical fiction is the atmosphere, whether it is exaggerated or very adamant to the specific time frame, it needs to be believable for the readers imagination. With that being said, Fenichel’s ability to create this world building between caste system, set up in Europe where society and titles were imperative to the survival of your living situation was perfectly flawless. Involving what it was like as woman of stature yet fallen from the grace of her family plus the development of what scandal could do to a reputation; it was super fun!
Which brings us to my favorite thing: Phoebe. I loved this little red head spunk. She was strong yet refined, she understood her place in the society with her current situation and embraced it. Yet she still held the grace and poise of what a woman is expected to be in all aspects. She did not allow her flaws to oversight her goals, though they do weigh on her a great deal, influencing her internal conflicts, she still does allow herself to own up to her flaws – dealing with it face on. As for the delicious Markus. I loved his character through and through. Handsome and kind yet rough around the edges, he was a true brute of romance.
Oh the chemistry! Between the hideous Durnst and unpleasant Blunt courting Phoebe, it was the swoon worthy Markus that stole my heart and I needed to have him win damnit! The chemistry between Markus and Phoebe was a perfect blend of deep passion, mutual respect and heart felt internal conflicts. They had some of the most intimate moments without even touching it made my heart sore over the moon.
Even with the chemistry and drama surrounding our lovers, the supporting characters were absolutely wonderful. I adored little Elizabeth! It made the development wonderfully sweet and adorable.
Bottom line, I really enjoyed this novel. I do not have much in the way of dislikes overall. It was a short enough read to be quick, fact paced with the right amount of chemistry and build to the romance. It was romantic, scenic, and just overall beautifully written. I definitely want to continue the future novels within the Everton Domestic Society series. Fenichel has captivated me mind and soul with her beautiful writing style, I cannot wait to add more of her to my TBR.