A Reluctant Courtship: A Novel

A Reluctant Courtship: A Novel

by Laurie Alice Eakes


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A Reluctant Courtship (Daughters of Bainbridge House Series #3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
I just love spunky heroines and Laurie Alice Eakes has given us just such a character in Reluctant Courtship. Honore Bainbridge trusted too much and made some bad choices. She did it with a clean heart, but now she is being punished by society and her family. We see her angst, and her attempts to do her best despite other's opinions. This book also touched something deeper in me. The difference between right and wrong is not determined by our past experience, though we tend to view circumstances through those experiences. Both Honore and Lord Ashmoor have to look past their past and see the future with new eyes. ***I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of review. The above is my honest opinion.***
JoyAnneTN More than 1 year ago
Honore Bainbridge is far from the high society lady she was groomed to be. She has been courted by a traitor and a murderer. Her family banishes her to their country estate hoping things will die down and she'll stay out of trouble. There she falls for tall handsome Lord Ashmoor, the perfect man for her! There's only one problem... he has been accused of helping prisoners escape from Dartmoor Prison. He needs a wife, one of high stature that would his increase his chances of being kept out of prison.  This is such a delightful book, I enjoyed every page! Honore is so darn likeable, she has a good heart but that doesn't help her reputation. Lord Ashmoor is charming and fun. I loved seeing how these two find a way to love each other.  I received a copy of this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.  Available October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. 
jacksonmomLV More than 1 year ago
My ambivalence over the first book in this series quickly dissolved when I read the second - it was an engaging read. Would my growing anticipation for the third book be rewarded? YES! From the start, when Honore Bainbridge falls off the edge of a crumbling cliff and is rescued by a handsome stranger, to the end when she and the now familiar Lord Ashmoor solve several tangled mysteries as the risk of their lives, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The inevitable romance between Honore and Meric was teasingly troubled and sweet. There were interesting supporting characters, too - I especially liked the wise and mysterious Miss Morrow, companion to the effervescent Lady. There were villains aplenty to hate - both physically dangerous and emotionally nasty. And just enough suspense that the path to the expected happy ending was not too predictable. I also liked the parallel journeys that Honore and Meric took in regaining their childhood faith. Both had experienced difficult, though different, childhoods, that made them question their fathers' love and purposes. But happily, both came to see the need for surrender to the Lord's will and provision. The plot can be read on the book cover, but those details are not as important to convey as the delight of Honore's character unfolding in this trilogy. She is first portrayed as an immature beauty just looking for a good time. Next, she seems more adult, and is a good friend to her injured sister, but we still all-too-easily taken in by anyone willing to shower her with attention. By the time this third book opens, we finally see her grieving the sudden death of her father, and realizing her past "sins" were an effort to gain the love of that parent who spoiled but largely ignored her. Honore comes to terms with the damage her earlier choices have done to her reputation (and her family's), and really "puts on her big girl pants" and does the right thing, even at great cost to herself. In contrast, Americus Poole, who seems so perfect at the beginning of the book, eventually examines his own heart and finds reason to repent of his pride and lack of trust. It is a rewarding tale that brings these two lovely people together at last, whole and unburdened by their pasts. I reluctantly finished this book, wishing there were a fourth book in the series. To me, that's the definition of a good read.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Laurie Alice Eakes in her new book, “A Reluctant Courtship” Book Three in The Daughters Of Bainbridge House series published by Revell brings us into the life of Honore Bainbridge in 1813. From the back cover:  A woman without a prospect. A man without a homeland. Can love give them a future? Honore Bainbridge has been courted by two men, one of whom turned out to be a traitor, the other a murderer. Banished to her family’s country estate, where she will hopefully stay out of trouble, she finally meets the man she is sure is exactly right for her: Lord Ashmoor. Tall, dark, and handsome–what more could a girl ask for? But he too is under suspicion because of his American upbringing and accusations that he has helped French prisoners escape from Dartmoor Prison. If he’s to keep out of a British prison himself and secure his place in British society, Lord Ashmoor needs a wife beyond reproach–something the vexingly beautiful Honore certainly is not. Though they find themselves drawn to each other, family obligations may conspire to keep them apart forever. For the sake of her heart, Honore determines to prove Ashmoor’s innocence–even if doing so risks her own life. From the first sentence, award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes thrusts you into high drama amid the rocky cliffs of Devonshire, England, and keeps you suspended there until the final page. “A Reluctant Courtship” is a wonderful romance filled with mystery, intrigue, and scandal.  It begins with Honore falling off a cliff and a very exciting rescue and the story builds from there.  This is a page-turner that will keep you guessing right until the end.  These pages are filled with wonderful characters that live and breathe.   ”A Reluctant Courtship” is full of reputation, finding yourself, finding your place in the world and romance.  This is an interesting story filled with lots of excitement and romance as well as history.  I liked it a lot and am sorry to see this series end. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” “Available October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
A RELUCTANT COURTSHIP by Laurie Alice Eakes is an exciting Christian Historical Romance set in 1813 Devonshire, England. #3 in "The Daughters of Bainbridge House", but can be read as a stand alone. See, "A Necessary Deception" and " A Flight of Fancy". "A Reluctant Courtship" is my favorite so far in this series. Follow Honore Bainbridge and Lord Ashmoor on a journey of danger, banishment,spies,family obligations,faith,healing,forgiveness,hope and love. With a bit of romance,lots of luck, Honore and Ashmoor may just find love and happiness and live to enjoy their lives. Along with a lot of danger, a secret or two,revenge,justice,betrayal, you will find grace and the power of love. Honore must fight to save Ashmoor and prove him innocent of treason and being a traitor.A must read! I have enjoyed each and every one of Ms. Eakes stories,she is a wonderful storyteller that draws the reader into her stories and holds them there. She writes gripping,powerful and emotional stories from the very first page to the last page and leaves you in awe. Loved this story! Bravo,Ms. Eakes!!Received for an honest review from the publisher. “Available October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.” RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: SWEET REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
A Reluctant Courtship by Laurie Alice Eakes is a story of forgiveness and romance. Honore Bainbridge has been banished to the family estate after her two disastrous romances.   Hidden away from London society and shunned by Devonshire's social elite Honore is expected to stay out of trouble, but is this too much to ask? A Reluctant Courtship continues the Bainbridge saga as Honore Bainbridge struggles with her doubts about her own judgment, especially where men are concerned.  After all her two romances were disasters - a murderer and a traitor.  Though she finds herself intrigued by Lord Ashmoor, an American under suspicion of traitorous acts will not improve her standing or her reputation.  But   with smugglers and escaping prisoners roaming the countryside Honore has little choice but to trust Lord Ashmoor.  Meric Poole, the new Lord Ashmoor is in search of a wife whose family ties and social standing will elevate him above the suspicions circulating about him because of murder charges brought against his father and his American ties.  What's a lord to do when the lady who captures his eye is not above approach? A Reluctant Courtship is a lovely story set in 1813 England and it follows the youngest Bainbridge daughter as she struggles to do what is right and to re-establish her relationship with God.  Honore and Meric both learn to place value in what is truly important and not in what society places high regard on.  This is story of forgiveness and mercy. I was provided a copy of this book by Revell in exchange for my honest review. Available October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. 
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
A Reluctant Courtship is final book in the Daughters of Bainbridge historical romance series by Laurie Alice Eakes. Set in the Regency period, this novel takes the reader on an adventure in more ways than one. From the societal mores of the ton to clearing a suspected traitor to the crown, Eakes delights readers with her well researched and highly entertaining novel. With an underlying inspirational theme of redemption, this one will capture the interest of inspirational fiction lovers as well as historical romance enthusiasts. Day to day life in Regency England has never been quite so adventurous before! The Daughters of Bainbridge series has focused on three sisters and their exploits in Regency era. The final book, A Reluctant Courtship focuses on the black sheep of the family. The youngest daughter, Honore. She has had quite a season with two suitors who were less than worthy of her attention. One a traitor, the other a murderer. What's a girl to do, when she continually chooses the wrong man? Eakes does a fantastic job of showing Honore's innocence and her heart. She's very trusting and so far that's gotten her in trouble. I liked the fact the author gives Honore a purpose. She wants to clear her reputation, a form of redemption in a sense. But with the ton, that's not an easy road. Honore made a wonderful heroine especially when she risks everything she is working for to help someone else. Meric was a fantastic hero. He epitomized everything most readers look for in a leading man. He is strong and full of determination. He works tirelessly to clear his name, as he is accused of helping prisoners escape from Dartmoor prison. His American upbringing also makes him suspect to the ton and the fact that he father was accused of murder is just another black mark on his reputation. Again we see the underlying theme of redemption. Meric is trying to prove his innocence. I liked the fact that Eakes does not make Meric appear to be focused on the wealth and privilege that comes with being an Earl, but with what God would have him do in seeking a bride.  This novel was certainly not preachy, though the ideas and tenets of the scripture are there as underlying themes. Eakes was able to make this book about more than just a fun romp in the Regency era. The story is captivating from the first page. Full of adventure and even some comical moments. Honore's desire to become a author of Gothic novels was also a nice a touch. A Reluctant Courtship does not come across as over the top or too dramatic. The scene transitions are effortless and the story flows extremely well.  One aspect of this book that found interesting was the writing style that Eakes uses. She has clearly done her homework and it is easy to see. She uses the language of the day, which was quite a bit more flowery and descriptive than most writing today. She gives the readers authentic details about how Honore might have spent her days and the trivial pursuits of the ton. I liked the way she describes the ton and the women that Honore is trying to fit in with, and why she just doesn't pull it off. All of the little details add up to a very well written Regency novel that will appeal to readers from different backgrounds. 
CassWesselCW More than 1 year ago
Miss Honore Bainbridge falls into romantic entanglements as easily as falling off a cliff. An innocent at heart, if somewhat headstrong, she finds her name tarnished by two unsavory gentlemen whose own reputations turn out to be less than stellar. Will God forgive her when her own family banished to her father’s country estate? She must find a way to establish the truth about herself, but how—especially when contraband is discovered in the cellar and a stray button incriminates involvement with recent Dartmoor jailbreaks. It would appear someone with access to Bainbridge Estates is a connected, but who? Lord Ashmoor needs to clear his father’s name so that his own will no longer be tarnished. Raised in New York State in the Americas, Americus Poole, aka, “Meric” to his friends and Lord Ashmoor to his peers is still trying to throw off the accusations of spying made on his arrival in England. Although cleared, he still finds himself harassed with every Dartmoor jail break. None will believe in his innocence as long as his father, although dead, is still charged with murder. How will he clear his father’s name after 30 years? Even more troubling is the question of which lady God would have him wed, the enticing and tarnished Miss Bainbridge, or the quiet Miss Devenish whose reputation is pristine. It would seem Honore Bainbridge, and Americas “Meric” Poole ought to be a match made in heaven, but events unfold that will challenge that notion. How will this classic Regency Romance, “A Reluctant Courtship” end? “Miss Honore Bainbridge was about to fall off a cliff.” That’s the first sentence in “A Reluctant Courtship” by Laurie Alice Eakes. Only Miss Eakes could begin a novel with such a literal cliff hanger and get away with it! As the back cover copy states, “From the first sentence, award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes thrusts you into high drama amid the rocky cliffs of Devonshire, England, and keeps you suspended there until the final page.” That sentence accurately conveys how well this book is written. This writer reads and reviews quite a few books, but this one shines above the others as if they were mere wax candles dwarfed by blazing sun. This is a must read book for Regency fans. The reader will find it available at Barnes and Noble. I highly recommend “A Reluctant Courtship” by Laurie Alice Eakes.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 A Reluctant Courtship by Laurie Alice Eakes, ©2013 The Daughters of Bainbridge House; Book 3 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound. --Isaiah 61:1 September 1813 Devonshire, England Being rescued from precariously hanging from the cliff edging, the scariest part would be letting go of that slowly releasing bush! Shuffled from sister to sister, and sent to Bainbridge House to keep her from further defaming their family name by further escapades, Miss Honore Bainbridge's adventures continue on. "You--you are Lord Ashmoor?" The ground beneath her feet took on the consistency of the quaking edge of the cliff. She swayed. She pressed her fingers to her lips to cover her gaping mouth. She could not call a peer of the realm a liar. Then again, if he was a liar, he was not a peer of the realm. "Speechless, Miss Bainbridge?" Gold sparkled in his multicolored eyes. He crossed his arms over his chest and propped one foot on the low stone wall. "Let me see if I can help. Local gossip says I'm too ashamed of my father's past to show my face in Devonshire, so I'm hiding out on one of the lesser estates. Or maybe you heard that I was locked up in Newgate or Dartmoor or a hulk in the Nore the instant I set foot on these hallowed shores. Is one of those stories close to the gossip you've heard about why the new owner of the title hasn't yet shown his face in Devonshire?" --A Reluctant Courtship, 18 Innocently going to a country dance, she becomes entangled in arms. Lord Ashmoor's, again! The one who rescued her from falling into the sea and rocks below. In the quiet solitude of the Devonshire countryside, Honore manages to have more mysterious outings than most. She is writing a novel and is not sitting idle while at her country exile. She enjoys walking in the moonlight along well-worn paths. Missing French prisoners subject Lord Ashmoor to suspicion by local authorities as a traitor to the Crown. Honore has been dupped twice in matters of the heart, and endures whispers as her name is filtered throughout the countryside. She agrees to help Lord Ashmoor clear his name and former actions of his father as she can more readily roam about than he, but also for her own interest. May their quest free them from their prisons without walls. One of my favorite parts was when Honore takes her future sister-in-law, Deborah, to visit the tenants of the estate. I liked the interaction between the women. Though world's apart in daily activity, their hearts receive each other. I was so interested in the communications and happenings between the protagonists and those near them, that the adventure took me by surprise. Very well written, and unsuspecting, to be taken into the realm of espionage with being unaware until it is upon them! This regency novel is very well spent! Come join the third and youngest daughter in the Daughters of Bainbridge series by Laurie Alice Eakes ~ releases today, October 15, 2013. ***Thank you to Revell Blog Tour Network for sending me a review copy of Book 3 in The Daughters of Bainbridge House series, A Reluctant Courtship, by Laurie Alice Eakes. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
onore Bainbridge has loved and really lost in the past. She is part of English Society, and because of her choices is now snubbed. She is being banished to the families country estate, and ends up almost losing her life. She is rescued by Lord "Meric" Ashmore. Lord Ashmore has come back to England from the States, and wants to clear his father's name. He was getting some help from Honore's father, before he passed away. He was also making a deal to marry Honore, and shows her the paper, which is not signed, and not applicable. He has to much at steak to marry a snubbed member of society....or does he? Something is going on a this Country Estate, and things are not as they appear. When Honore's brother decides to bring his Fiancé to the estate, he banishes his sister to the Dowagers cottage. Things go from bad to worse there. Will Lord Ashmore ever clear is name? Will Honore ever be accepted by Society? The answers and more in this sweet story. Travel back to Revolutionary time with the enemy. I received this book through the Revell Book Bloggers Tour and was not required to give a positive review.