Jayne Fresina's writing is rich and humorous. This historical romance felt fresh and unique. Her turn of phrase is impeccable and each character is a vibrant individual. The dialogue was hilarious and I laughed at horrible characters, such as Sophie's sister in law Lavinia, as well as adorable characters, such as Sophie's Aunt Finn. Fresina lovingly describes the English countryside with as much care as she catalogs her characters' many foibles. I enjoyed the fact that every character had foibles, and that Sophie and Lazarus were, in many ways, the most flawed characters of all. Though passionate and heated, their romance is complicated and the arrival of Sophie's old beau, James Hartley, adds another layer of tension and complexity to the story.
THE MOST IMPROPER MISS SOPHIE VALENTINE is a delightful historical romance with funny, unique characters and a fresh take on the complications of a love triangle.
Jayne Fresina's THE MOST IMPROPER MISS SOPHIE VALENTINE is a funny, heartfelt historical romance with one of the most unique and lovable heroines I have ever encountered. In fact, the story was overflowing with wonderfully messy, complicated characters and features an unexpectedly endearing love triangle.
In the novel, Sophie Valentine is a reckless young woman who is relegated to a life in the country as penance for her shameless behavior in town. Lazarus Kane is reckless young man who has spent his life paying dues and comes to the country to seek the one woman that can heal all of his past hurts. Sophie is drawn to Lazarus but determined not to make another rash and passionate mistake. Then, when the passionate mistake from her past wants to rekindle their romance, she must choose between the proper man and the right man.
"Wanted: one husband, not too particular. Small dowry, several books, sundry furnishings, and elderly aunt included. Idlers, time-wasters, and gentlemen with other attachments need not apply."
Scarred in a childhood accident, Sophia Valentine doesn't expect any takers on her ad for a husband in the Farmer's Gazette, until the mysterious Lazarus Kane shows up at her door. To Sophia, he is an exciting, enigmatic stranger. But Lazarus has known Sophia for years and has come a long way to find her. Things are about to get complicated for the mischievous Miss Valentine.