The Girl with the Flaming Hair by Natalie Kleinman is a regency romance that is full of twists and turns!
My name is Rebecca and I love books. Regency romances are one of my favorite guilty pleasures. That is why I was pleased to accept a free copy of The Girl With the Flaming Hair by Natalie Kleinman from Rachel’s Random Resources in exchange for an honest review. Please take time to check out the other blogs on this digital book tour!
The Girl with the Flaming Hair starts with a surprising encounter and moves along and with swift pacing. The story opens when the handsome Earl of Luxton finds a beautiful young woman lying unconscious along the road. He is a gentleman and he brings her home for his mother to nurse back to health.
When the young woman regains her senses, he is charmed by both her personality and her remarkable red hair. But the reader quickly comes to realize that there are many shadows that haunt her past. Will Sophie ever find love and happiness?
I had a very fun time reading this book and I quickly came to feel a fondness for the protagonist. I found myself constantly reading, “just one more chapter,” because I wanted to know more about Sophie’s past.
This sweet traditional regency romance was a fun way to escape the stress of the modern world. It was a great book to read during the summertime for something light and breezy. It is full of all the things I love about regency romance novels: discussions about bonnets, horseback riding, shopping for dresses, fancy parties, romantic carriage rides, and chivalrous heroes. I also enjoyed the unique twists and turns the narrative took.
As the story unfurled, it put me in mind of the work of Mary Balogh and Georgette Heyer (For example, These Old Shades by Heyer includes a similar plot point about flaming red hair). I had a smile on my face while reading this book and I recommend it to other fans of the genre.
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Synopsis from the Back Cover:
Sophie is plagued by the shadows of the past…
While driving his curricle, Rufus Solgrave, Earl of Luxton comes across Sophie Clifford lying unconscious in the road, having fallen from her horse.
Not too far from home, he takes her back to Ashby, his country seat, leaving her in the care of his mother, Elizabeth, Countess of Luxton, and his sister, Lydia. Under their kindly supervision, Sophie soon begins to recover.
Upon discovering that Sophie has never mixed with London society, Elizabeth invites her to accompany the family to town for Lydia’s come-out. Unhappy with her homelife and eager to sample the delights of the season, Sophie accepts.
However, her enjoyment is marred when talk of an old scandal surrounding her birth resurfaces. What’s more, her devious stepbrother, Francis Follet, has followed her to London, intent on making her his bride.
Sensing Sophie’s distress, Rufus steps in to protect her from Francis’s unwelcome advances.
And although neither Rufus nor Sophie are yet thinking of marriage, both soon begin to wonder whether their comfortable friendship could blossom into something warmer…
About the Author
Natalie’s passion for reading became a compulsion to write when she attended a ten-week course in creative writing some sixteen or so years ago. She takes delight in creating short stories of which more than forty have been published, but it was her lifelong love of Regency romance that led her to turn from contemporary romantic fiction to try her hand at her favourite genre. Raised on a diet of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, she is never happier than when immersed in an age of etiquette and manners, fashion and intrigue, all combined into a romping good tale. She lives on the London/Kent border, close to the capital’s plethora of museums and galleries which she uses for research as well as pleasure. A perfect day though is when she heads out of town to enjoy lunch by a pub on the river, any river, in company with her husband and friends.
Natalie is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association, the Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists.
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