A flirty, fun, mix–and–match romance about two sisters who are betrothed to the wrong men...
Evangeline Vernon is a woman on the verge of spinsterhood – until the prim and proper Duke of Manchester steps in. Her family is pleased with the match, but the duke is not the passionate man Evangeline craves. Her heart belongs to an alluring, golden–haired gentleman, perfect in every way...except one: he doesn't exist.
Angela Vernon is everything a proper, well–brought–up woman should be. She knows her place and understands society's expectations – which include not being jealous of her sister and not coveting her sister's suitor. But how can she bear the heartache of watching the only man she loves marry not only her sister, but a woman who doesn't see past his exterior to the man he is beneath?
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(Original post at Doing Some Reading) In Her Dreams is my first read of Katherine Givens' work and I highly enjoyed it! This was a very short novella with two POVs from two sisters trying to find the love of their dreams~ I can not tell you how much this little story made me giggle and smile like a looney. It was all just too cute and adorable, if I can say that about a book. You have the beautiful and rebellious elder sister, Evangeline who's on the brick of spinsterhood and hell bent on finding her own true love while her scheming mother wants to marry her off to the handsome Duke of Manchester. And then you have the lovely docile and meek younger sister, Angela who's too afraid to over step their mother's boundaries and is head over heels in love with the man who's to be her future brother-in-law. I really love how we got two separate POVs from both these sisters' views on their lives and how they viewed things. On one hand you have Evangeline who's head bent on defying their mother's plan on wedding her off to a man she doesn't love let alone can't stand in the presence of; while Angela is the abiding and docile daughter who doesn't want to upset or ruin the image of herself and her family's name, let alone anger their mother, and she sees a loving caring man out of her sister's intended. Yes, we have a whole lot of stuff going on in this little story. And there is a lot of drama, yet there isn't for such a short story. The only drama that will be in store for you is the tension between Evangeline and their mother. But there are other things at works too, like the tension between defying the rules and following your heart or be bidable and heartbroken. And of course there's the disagreement on how both sisters see things in regards to their role in society and towards their mother, and of course their love lives. Okay, yes, that's a lot of drama, right? But it's great! And I bet you know which problem is attached to which sisters' story. But anyways, there is also some other strange plot or theme going on. There is a "paranormal" aspect to it if you will believe me. Yes, you read that right. Paranormal!!! You're thinking, "But this is Historical?" Yes, but why can't we have some fun, aye? Okay, so the title of the book is, In Her Dreams, which has a huge part in the story. You see, this is where the paranormal part of the book emerges. The reason why Evangeline is so adamant against her "supposed" betrothed to the Duke is not just because Angela loves the man but it's because she has "met" the man of her dreams. And not just that, but she "met" him in her dreams. Literally! Every night, or every time, for a couple of months now when Evangeline falls asleep she meets this man "in her dreams," and it's love in heaven. Well, until she's woken up of course and reality hits. But of course, it's a romance and there is bound to be HEAs, so there are happy endings all around. So you want to know what happens? Get the book. Another thing, even if I didn't get any POVs from the heroes the way I wanted too, I still really enjoyed reading it. I even enjoyed how the sisters described them and their actions. And from those views and interactions with each of the men from the sisters, it made me fall in love with the heroes~ I can't say much about them but all I know is that they made me brood for them. Even if I barely know them. Their actions were all telling signs that they were all worth the brooding. Sighs. Oh, and I really hated their mother!!! Urgh, she really got on my bad side. So pushy and bossy! But I really love how strong and defiant Evangeline is and just kept on being herself and didn't let that mother of theirs get her down. You go girl, speak your mind and defy that Looney of a mother! And of course Angela was always listening to their mother. But then there was this one part where Evangeline admitted that she missed her mother who used to bring her pastries and read to her as a child, who taughter her to dream big and live her dreams. I really wanted to know what happened there. Like did their mother really changed that much because her daughters were reaching the stage of spinsterhood without even catching any suitors? It just got me very curious to its background story. But anyways, I highly enjoyed this short read. Sure I figured everything out from the very instant once things were in place, I still liked it and wanted to see where it woukd take me. There were scenes that really made me laugh when I wasn't expecting it, which was a very good thing, and it was all adorable and smiles. So yes, I highly recommend this for a fun, quick, and romantic read. Even if you want something to be angry about this will work too. This ARC was provided by the author for an honest review. I give this a 4 out of 5.
Find this review and more at Lusty Penguin Reviews! Regency romance lovers will be completely captivated by In Her Dreams, a novella by Katherine Givens. With lush attention to details and the power plays associated with the era, Givens draws the reader into this entertaining story. Almost a spinster, Evangeline Vernon is facing the prospect of a loveless marriage to the Duke of Manchester. Wanting additional wealth and power for her family, Evangeline’s mother has already planned whom her two daughters will marry. Controlling and overbearing, the mother is a character you will enjoy disliking. Evangeline is the black sheep of her family and just isn’t willing to go along with her mother’s plan. Especially when Evangeline realizes that her sister, Angela, is in love with Manchester. If Evangeline is the black sheep, Angela is the opposite, willing to make her mother happy and resigned to the fact that she won’t be marrying the man she loves. Evangeline and Angela are loving and close, just like sisters should be, which I just loved. Little does anyone one know, Evangeline dreams, vividly, of the man she loves, Alexander. Everything changes when Evangeline discovers her dream man is real and hatches a plan so both she and her sister can each have a happily ever after, which made me cheer. With engaging characters and a unique love story, In Her Dreams will sweep you away to another time and place and leave you with tears in your eyes and a huge smile on your face. I received an eBook copy from the author/NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
This novella manages to pack all the punch of a longer story, while not leaving great gaps in understanding or detail for the reader. The premise for this story was utterly delicious, and thanks to Harlequin Australia, NetGalley and the author for the book was a delightful escape. Evangeline and Angela are the two daughters with an overbearing and quite insufferable mother. Evangeline is close to that dreaded time when she will be 'put on the shelf' at the ripe age of 22. Her mother, ever the manipulator is unwilling to allow that to happen. So unwilling in fact, that she has arranged a "suitable" pairing for her, with a man that Evangeline finds boring. Katherine Givens created lovely characters in the girls: although there were more than a few moments where I wanted to smack Angela for her sanctimonious parroting of "I am a dutiful daughter", although even that showed her attempts to be very proper and restrained, it was nice to see the growth and changes in her as well. Evangeline was more to my style, far more modern in her thoughts and behaviors, even as she was placing herself into situations that could have been ugly, her wish for love and acceptance was so strong that she would take risks for it. And that is where the mother comes into play: horrid woman. Grasping, calculating and cold, with no care (perhaps from jealousy) for her daughter's wishes or happiness. The plot is so unique and the story, while getting a happy ending that we so enjoy, does not have a straight line to the end. The twist between the dream visions to reality, and Evangeline's realization that the dream man was flesh and blood was both well constructed and utterly understandable. And I am sure, a situation that many of us would like to be confronted with. I really enjoyed this story and the pacing, and despite it's length, no ends were left loose to niggle at readers. The challenges that the girls met and conquered, and the often-absent father finally speaking sense in the "woman's matters" was more than needed and actually had me laughing out loud. Kudos for a wonderful debut offering. I received an eBook from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.