As heiress of Rosings Park, Anne de Bourgh’s health is of utmost importance to her mother, Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Thus, following the shock of a recent fire at Rosings Park, the young woman is spirited away to Brighton to take the cure. While her domineering mother is bent on healing her daughter’s sickly constitution to secure her a suitable match, Anne herself is far more concerned with sketching the flora and fauna of the lovely sea town. It is in pursuit of artistic inspiration among the flowers that Anne becomes acquainted with Mr. Owen Talbot, a charming man with whom Anne feels an immediate connection, notwithstanding their differing stations.
But despite their growing esteem for one another, the couple faces an insurmountable problem: Lady Catherine has set her sights on a rich, well-connected man for her daughter, and Mr. Talbot is simply too common. With their love in jeopardy, the couple soon faces far graver problems. There has been a murder in Brighton, and Anne is innocently drawn into an amateur investigation that ultimately traces its roots to her own family. With a frightening foreshadowing regarding the de Bourghs, Anne begins to question whom she can truly trust.
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What a wonderful addition to the world of Regency Romance! Finding Anne de Bourgh is not only a great romantic novel but it's also a fantastic mystery suspense too. With my love for Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, I knew that this novel that expanded on Anne de Bourgh's life would hook my interest and it did. I loved this take on a well-known character and how Hinrichsen expanded her story. I also delighted in Owen Talbot and his strengths and trials that combined helped him become a better man. I enjoyed Anne's journey of learning to stand up to her very domineering mother and truly finding herself. This novel is the best combination of keeping the reader guessing, rooting for favorite characters, and delighting in a fabulous ending.
FINDING ANNE DE BOURGH is the perfect title for this book where a young lady must find herself, fight for her own future, and the man who is in search of her. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE fans will enjoy a story focused on Anne de Bourgh, the one originally intended for Mr. Darcy. Readers will enjoy these characters, their sweet romance, and the underlying suspense of the story. Anyone who has read or watched a version of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE is familiar with Lady Catherine de Bough and her daughter, Anne. Lady Catherine upholds her usual opinionated and overbearing self in this story from the start. As a reader, she feels almost like an old friend, or maybe an old enemy would be a better description. Anne is also reserved, like she is in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, but here we get to see the inner workings of her mind... her hopes, dreams and internal disagreements with her mother that she so rarely voices. I loved seeing how her character develops over the course of this story. It was fun to see who she is and how she tries to become independent of her mother. There are several other characters who come into Anne's life and influence who she begins to become, but I loved Owen the most. Of course, it helps that he's the leading man and Anne's love interest. He is an interesting character due to a twisted leg, less than ideal parentage, close family, and the strength and backbone he develops. They made a wonderful couple. Another interesting aspect of this story is the suspense that begins more in the background and then steadily grows stronger towards the climatic end. I figured most of it out, but still very much enjoyed going along with the characters as they face danger. In the end, was it what I wished for? I thoroughly enjoyed reading this! It was sweet, but also had some heartbreak, and then suspense that kept things interested. Definitely recommended! Content: Some violence but clean Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect my review in any way.