Thursday, October 16, 2014

Blog Tour/Review: Sophia by Paula Kremser

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Sophia, by Paula Kremser
2014, 208p, Clean Regency Romance
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

Small-town Sophia Spencer can’t believe her luck when an unexpected inheritance allows her to experience London’s social scene. But her happiness disappears when she is caught napping in a grumpy gentleman’s room—and forced into an engagement to protect her reputation! Personalities collide and love blooms in this stunning debut novel.

First of all, I love the cover! Sophia heads to London when she receives an inheritance she definitely wasn't expecting. Her father is a country doctor and her mother has passed away. She's a small-town girl that doesn't understand the ways of London. Her aunt takes her under her wing and they attend a lot of social events. She gets tired at one of them and is shown a room in which to take a nap. It turns out to be a gentleman's bedroom (Alex) and when he comes in, they are caught in a compromising situation and need to get married or be ruined.

Sophia seemed for a while to just go along with everything. However, when it came to a whirlwind marriage, she put her foot down and decided to do it her way. She didn't care about being "ruined." Her fiance, Alex, wasn't happy with the situation, either, but he wanted to do the right thing. Sophia made a decision that Alex said he agreed with, but he was determined to have a different outcome. He had his own former issues with society and I was rooting for things to work out well for him this time. I enjoyed reading about them and got a good laugh at some of their conversations.

I liked that there was a mystery element to this story as well. As Sophia started putting the pieces together, she realized that not everyone had her best interests at heart. There were some great side characters as well who added to the drama and were fun to get to know. There were some twists in the story that kept me guessing and I enjoyed seeing how everything came together in the end. If you love Regency, this is a book you will want to read! This is the author's debut novel and I hope there will be more!

About the author: 

Paula Kremser focused on a career in science for several years after graduating from Brigham Young University. DNA purification and Affinity Chromatography were always interesting, but when she moved to England, Paula seized the opportunity to focus on her love of the Regency Era. The enchantment of the aristocracy and the fascinating stories from every stately home she visits have been both research and inspiration for her first novel. Paula lives with her husband and four children in a charming village nestled in the Chiltern hills in Buckinghamshire.


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