Bygone Days

Book Title: Vanessa
Reviewed By: Kara Wolf [Vanessa]
Written By: Lynne Connolly
Genre: Regency
Publisher: Awe Struck
Price: 4.75 ebook

Vanessa, by Lynne Connolly, is a truly engaging romance about an unusual heroine. We meet Vanessa as she is slipping into the dreaded realm of the old maid. She is twenty-eight, and no longer considers herself marriageable, when an older man, Lord Vesey, proposes marriage to her. After learning her younger brother, George, who has joined the army, is to be deployed to Vienna, she accepts Vesey's proposal as it will allow her to keep an eye on George. After marrying Vesey, she finds herself embroiled in a world of intrigue, spying, and espionage. Her wit and her dedication are put to the test--and a romantic twist towards the end of the book adds to its charm and page-turning interest.

I found this story so wonderful, so romantic and realistic I couldn't stop reading it once I began. I stayed up late to finish it! Vanessa, unlike many romance novel heroines, is easy to identify with. She's intelligent, honest, and ambitious, though forced to hide these attributes until after her wedding to Vesey. Vesey was mysterious, charming, and difficult to read in the beginning, but by the end of the book, I was rooting for them both equally. I found all the characters well written, and Vanessa's mother was particularly amusing. I highly recommend this book. Any fan of the romance genre will enjoy it.

Kara Wolf

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