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Courting Constance by Teryl Cartwright

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Cover art: Courting Constance Reviewer: Danielle Mason
Title: Courting Constance
Author: Teryl Cartwright
Publisher: Vintage Inspirations (Vintage Romance Publishing)
ISBN-13: 978-0-9819896-9-3
Release Date: July 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Inspirational Romance
Year/Setting: Bath, England, 18th century
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Teryl's Website: www.terylcartwright.com


Constance is on her way to Bath, England to help her best friend Harriet in finding a husband. But she also has her own agenda as well. You see, Constance is in love with a man named Sir Geoffrey and in fact was engaged to him. She screwed everything up by flirting with another man just days before their wedding.

The adventure begins just outside of Bath when the carriage she is in gets stopped and robbed. Robert Beauchamp, Lord of Fenway, rescued the women. What none of them know is that he is actually Sir Geoffrey's best friend and the hold up was planned. Also the only thing actually stolen was the pearl necklace that Geoffrey had given Constance some time ago. Robert becomes Harriet's admirer though no one knows how either feels about one another. I am just glad that they figure out a way, though not a very good one, to finally end up together. Let's just say that for them finally becoming a couple has to do with Constance and a gun.

With neither one realizing it, Geoffrey and Constance have some surprises planned for one another while in Bath. Constance wants to get Geoffrey back by wooing him anonymously and Geoffrey wants to get back at Constance for the heartbreak she caused him. The mistakes and obstacles made in their attempts what makes this book so entertaining to read. Not to mention I love reading historical romances where the girl does not act the prim and proper way for the time period. Constance is definitely one of these girls and by far my favorite character in the story!

It's not until towards the end of the book and a few failed attempts to court Geoffrey that Constance figures out that Geoffrey was the one behind the robbery of the carriage all along. She recognized the horse he is riding when they "accidentally" meet at the last hiding place of the treasure hunt she had sent him on. From there on, all Constance wants to do is go home and forget anything had ever happened. She thinks that Geoffrey really hates her but in reality he is falling in love with her all over again—more so than the first time.

I really enjoyed this book and wondering what Constance was going to come up with next. While in front of Geoffrey she acted all prim and proper thinking that is what he had wanted all along. But at the same time, he was doing whatever he could to make her mad and act out. Their squabbles back and forth are a glaring beacon that they have feelings for one another. These squabbles are what make them such strong characters in the book and so much fun to read!

Danielle

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