In Rescuing Lord Inglewood by Sally Britton we see what happens after a series of unfortunate events our two main characters, Esther Fox and Lord Silas Riley the Earl of Inglewood, end up married and have to work through their new and awkward relationship. Will the two friends turn into lovers or will this be a marriage of convenience to save their reputations?
When I first read the title, I thought it was about a young woman who falls for a man who might not feel worthy or is going through a rough time and needs a woman’s wits to save him from himself. Boy was I wrong about that. I actually started to wonder if the title was a little off. It felt like Esther was always the one needing the rescuing because of missteps in regards to her behavior. I don’t blame her though. With her brother at war, she was being told what to do, where to go, and how to behave by her relations that were put in charge of keeping an eye on her while her brother was away. Despite all that, she was a young adult and very capable of handling herself, even though she was a bit careless at times.
Who is this book for?
This book is best for those that like clean, slow burning historical romance. Since it’s clean romance (and seriously, it doesn’t get any cleaner than this) I’d say this book could easily be for anyone 14 and up. That’s not to say it’s written like YA fiction because it’s not, but content wise, it’s appropriate for a wide range of ages.
What did I like?
I liked how the heroine was a strong and independent young woman. She comes off as intelligent and knowing of the world. Lord Inglewood is described as being cold as a stone and vigilant when it comes to his heart and his honor, but that seems to change when Esther is around. I see how his coldness can come in handy in certain circumstances in the book but his warm heart shows through as well.
What didn’t I like?
Watching everyone make decisions for Esther was annoying. Not once did she get a say in anything, not even in getting married! I felt the frustration of the character at every step of the way when her future was being decided for her without her consent. She was of age to make decisions for herself yet no one was allowing her to do so. In the times she rightfully lost her mind over everything, she was accused of behaving like a child. I see her behavior however as a young woman acting out because of frustration at having so little control over her own life.
I thoroughly enjoyed Rescuing Lord Inglewood and after finishing the book and thinking back on it in this review, I realize the properness of the title. Everything that happens to our main characters spans from that fateful day that Esther rescued Lord Inglewood. It turns out happily for them both but it’s the circumstances between their beginning and their end that make this book well worth the read.
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