Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: Lord Fenton's Folly by Josi S. Kilpack

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Lord Fenton's Folly, by Josi S. Kilpack
2015, 336p, Clean Regency Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

Lord Fenton is a gambler, a dandy, and a flirt-and he must marry or else he will be disinherited, stripped of his wealth and his position. He chooses Alice Stanbridge for two simple reasons: he once knew her as a young girl, and she is the least objectionable option available to him. However, Alice has harbored feelings for Fenton since their first meeting ten years ago, and she believes his proposal is real. When she discovers it is not, she is embarrassed and hurt. However, a match with the most-eligible bachelor in London would secure not only her future but that of her family as well. Determined to protect herself from making a fool of herself a second time, Alice matches Lord Fenton wit for wit and insult for insult as they move toward a marriage of convenience that is anything but a happy union. Only when faced with family secrets that have shaped Fenton’s life does he let down his guard enough to find room in his heart for Alice.

Lord Fenton lives a carefree life and has a father who foots the bill. His father gets tired of Lord Fenton's ways and gives him an ultimatum. One of the conditions he needs to meet so he won't lose everything is to get married. His mother likes Alice and they met briefly in the past so he proposes. She starts to wonder at his behavior towards her and when she learns the truth, she shows him that she's not going to cower in his presence, which, of course, makes for some great drama and dialogue! As the story unfolds, family secrets are revealed which create huge changes in their relationship.

This is one of those books that was hard to put down once I started reading it! Lord Fenton is not very likable at first but he's charming enough that I wanted to give him a chance. Alice, on the other hand, is very likable from the beginning. I liked that she also showed how tough she was and that she wasn't going to let him walk all over her. Both characters grew throughout the story and so did their relationship. 

This is the second book Ms. Kilpack has written in this genre and I have loved them both! They are different from the regency "norm" and I have enjoyed her unique take on characters and situations from that time period. I know there will be a happy ending but the road isn't easy so I have no idea how it will unfold. I'm hoping that she will stick with this genre for many years to come!


Fenton groaned and put his saucer back on the tray, making an instantaneous decision that eased his mind quite a lot. To look at every woman he met as a potential wife was irritating, and after only two weeks he was quite tired of it. Perhaps the solution was to orchestrate a match that would not lay all aspects of matrimony at his feet all at once. Perhaps treating it as a business arrangement would help it to be exactly that, thereby freeing him from all the discomfiting realities he was not yet prepared to face. “I leave for Fentonview on Tuesday and shan’t be back for a week. Courting is such a boring prospect, and you yourself said that to become infatuated with anyone might become a complication.” He paused, considered one last time what he was going to say next, and decided he felt as good about it as could be expected.

“You like Alice Stanbridge and feel she would make a good wife for me?”

Lady Chariton looked confused and perhaps a bit concerned. “I do, but-”

“Then that is good enough for me,” Fenton said, rising to his feet and smiling broadly at his mother, who stared back at him in surprise. “I do find her appealing and what’s more she is not a silly little thing without a practical thought in her head.”

His mother’s eyes widened and her eyebrows rose upon her forehead. Fenton struck a pose of consternation, with his thumb and forefinger on his chin as he looked toward the window a moment, then nodded crisply and turned back to his mother who still looked shocked by his pronouncement.

“Yes, I think that Alice Stanbridge is exactly what I should like in a wife, and so I shall see to it before I leave for Hampshire-I see no reason to wait until Michaelmas and might as well get it over with.” He leaned in and kissed his mother’s hand. “Thank you for your help, Mama. I shall let you know how she responds to my proposal.”

Author Josi Kilpack

Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and credits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and never stopped. Sheep’s Clothing won the Whitney award for Mystery/Suspense in 207 and Wedding Cake, book twelve in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series won in 2014. Josi was also the Best of State winner in Fiction for 2012. Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her husband, children and super-cute – but not very friendly – cat.

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