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  • Posted February 22, 2014

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    Reviewed by Shannon Book provided by the publisher for review Re

    Reviewed by Shannon
    Book provided by the publisher for review
    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

    This is the second Jane Goodger book that has proven to be so much more than I thought it was going to be. Jane has a way of writing a story that completely immerses the reader into the lives of the charming, witty characters she’s created. The Mad Lord’s Daughter draws readers into Melissa Atwell’s life as she makes the transition from recluse to the center of attention in her small circle of friends and family.

    Melissa spent the first eighteen years of her life locked away in her room by her father under the guise of protecting her. When he dies, she’s forced from her family home to live with her uncle and his family during a season in London. The family’s hopes are to find a suitable spouse for Melissa while maintaining her dark, family secret.

    I really enjoyed Melissa’s character. Given the way she had been raised, she really was a very well-adjusted woman. She was sweet, witty and wasn’t as socially awkward as you would think someone who’s been locked away for eighteen years would be. She had an inner strength that made it possible for her to view each introduction to something new as an adventure.

    John had a very strong sense of family and duty, which was very evident in the way he initially dealt with Melissa and the search for her husband. He was very analytical and tended to look at things in a very black and white manner. Melissa she unwittingly forced him to re-evaluate everything he thought about love and relationships and realize you can’t apply a scientific theory to either of those to get them right.

    I loved the relationship that built between John and Melissa. While they both may have felt a spark of attraction to each other from the very beginning, their romance was slow building and allowed for them to get to know each other and become close friends. John may have fought what was happening between the two of them, but it made him appreciate what they had when he realized he might lose her altogether.

    Truly a fun read and one I would suggest to anyone historical romance reader out there.

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  • Posted February 10, 2013

    What a fun historical!  The Mad Lord¿s Daughter is not a deep st

    What a fun historical!  The Mad Lord’s Daughter is not a deep story, but I still found it very entertaining with an interesting storyline and enchanting characters.

    A young woman has lost everything; her mother, her father and her home.  The worst is yet to come.  For years, her father has protected her.  He loved her fiercely, but he did her an injustice because of his fear of losing her.  He kept her safe from the world, but he also kept her from life.  He kept her a virtual prisoner in her own home.  Only she didn’t know it.

    Melissa Atwell must hold her head up high and face her fears of the new world around her.  Even the simple pleasures in life are new to her, like babies, puppy kisses and even snow.  She will not fail her father or herself.  She will face her new life with dignity and grace.  Every day is new to her.  With the help of her companion, Diana Stanhope, Uncle Lord Braddock and his son John Atwell, she will take London by storm.

    From the beginning John Atwell knows of Melissa’s circumstances.  While initially he doesn’t know what to think of her, she quickly wins him over.  It really is too bad they are first cousins though, because for a man that doesn’t believe in love, he sure is seeing things in a new refreshing light and it is all because of Miss Atwell.

    What can I say that won’t give the story away?  Yes, the plot is very straightforward and the Ms. Goodger tells you upfront what is going on, but to put it into a review just seems wrong.  She has some nice surprises.  What I will say is:

    • The title, The Mad Lord’s Daughter, is perfect.  It encompasses the mystery and truth of the story in so many ways.
    • Love is in the air and it is spread everywhere.
    • The women in the story are all strong in their own right and are fun to read about.  They sure know how to keep the men on their toes.
    • The men…what can I say.  Dashing, clever and gentlemanly, oh and don’t forget clueless.  You got to love a romantically dimwitted hero every once in a while.

    The Mad Lord’s Daughter is basically a standalone book.  Unfortunately, you discover at the end of the story that it is actually the second book in an unnamed series.  WooHoo!  But wait, it turns out I already read it, huh?  I state this because I did not need the first book, When a Duke Says I Do, to enjoy this story.  In fact, I didn’t even catch the hints that there was another book from the couple’s names, or their mentioned plot.  I was totally clueless and it’s OK.  It just shows that you can enjoy each novel alone without taking away from the other.  I will say though, that I did enjoy the first book more, so be sure to check out the review if you want to know why.

    The Mad Lord’s Daughter is a sweet read.  It was smoothly written and didn’t fail to put a smile on my face.  It was a nice change of pace and if Ms. Goodger decides to write more in this series, I can see myself checking them out.  I have not been disappointed yet.  Great storytelling all the way.

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