Deborah Moore has learned her lessons well--feel nothing, reveal less, and trust no one. Now widowed with a child of her own, she leads a lonely, cloistered existence, counting her farthings and thinking she is safe. When five-year-old Julian is lost one bitter December day, she discovers how tenuous that safety is.
Evan Haverfield has lived thirty carefree years, hunting, laughing, and dancing among London's high society. His biggest problem has been finding excuses not to marry. But his life changes when he finds Julian Moore half-frozen under a hedge and carries him home to his mother. The young widow hides behind a mask, hard and reserved, but Evan sees glimpses of another woman, wistful, intelligent, and passionate. She's vulnerable, desirable--and completely unsuitable for the heir to Northridge.
Alone in the earliest hours of a new year, Evan teaches Deborah to waltz. Can he teach her joy and laughter? Will love sweep away the shadows of her past and reveal the luminous woman she could be?
|Publisher:||The Hartwood Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
About the Author
Kerryn now lives in Florida with her dogs and the love of her life. Alas, he'll never have an Irish accent, but he's amazing!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite In Learning to Waltz, Kerryn Reid has written the perfect historical romantic novel. Deborah Moore is a young widow, a mother to Julian and a loner in her village. Evan Haverfeld is a rich and single heir to the Northridge estates. He has no interest in finding a wife as he is enjoying carefree living way too much. The story opens with Julian lost in the bitter cold and Deborah begging the townspeople to help her search for him. Evan hears her plea and is determined to lead the search. When he finds Julian under a bush, cold and barely conscious, he quickly brings the boy to his mother. As the days pass by, Evan visits the Moore house and soon finds himself falling in love with both Deborah and Julian. Deborah has had a hard life with an abusive father and a husband that was not very lovable. She crawled into her own shell which only has room for herself and Julian. The night in her small parlor changes everything when Evan teaches Deborah to waltz, but still hasn’t changed her mind that she would be unsuitable to live the kind of life Evan is offering her. Evan understands but refuses to take no for an answer. Readers are taken on a beautiful journey of family and love, feeling the pain and hoping for a happy ever after ending. Learning to Waltz is a flawless story of the love of family seamlessly blended with historical accuracy. Kerryn Reid may be a first time author of Regency history, but she is definitely headed for a very long and successful writing career. I loved this book from the first page and was a captive reader till the very end. I cannot recommend this book strongly enough to all who enjoy a good love story set in the late 1700s to early 1800s era. This is a sure fire winner; do not pass it by.
A carefree gentleman saves a little boy and falls for his mother, a young widow with a troubled past and well-guarded heart. The characters in this historical romance are well drawn and engaging. Deborah Moore is an intriguing mix of vulnerability and vinegar. Her hard shell is so complete and convincing that there were times when I wanted to shake her, but she's also so sympathetic that you can't help but lover her. Evan Haverfield is an attractive hero...honest, honorable...but not so "romance book" perfect that he doesn't get frustrated with Deborah and question his own intentions in pursuing her. The secondary characters are just as well done, each a realistic mix of strengths and weaknesses. Julian is a lovable kid, but he gets cranky and demanding. Evan's sisters are devoted to his happiness, but they make sure to thoroughly investigate Deborah. Especially Elizabeth, who turns out to be something of a fairy godmother. The plot is full of unexpected twists, some of which turn the expected historical romance formula on its head. What stands out most for me is how the author manages to transport us back to Regency England without over romanticizing the era. The historical detail is perfectly balanced. We get the stately homes and sparkling house parties...and the realities of class prejudice, poverty, limited medical care, and imperfect hygiene. If there is one criticism I have, it is that the section where Evan, overcome by melancholy, travels the countryside goes on a little longer than necessary. That said, the end of this travelling takes him to Deborah's hometown, where he encounters her family. These scenes are some of the best in the book. LEARNING TO WALTZ is an engrossing novel with tension that keeps the reader frantically turning the pages. By not trying to make either her characters or their time too "pretty," author Kerryn Reid creates a truly beautiful and moving experience. I'm very much looking forward to her next novel.