Monday, November 30, 2015

Book Review: The Mannequin by S.G. Rogers

The Mannequin, by S.G. Rogers
2015, 219p, Clean Regency Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from eBooks for Review for an honest review

Aubrey Whittingham lost everything when his family drowned in a ferryboat accident, including the will to live. His neighbor Rosamund tries desperately to bring him back from the brink of despair, but the beastly young duke fights her every step of the way. His feelings for her deepen, and when she departs for London, he vows to regain his health and woo her properly. Unfortunately, she disappears before he has the chance.

Rosamund is admired and praised as a mannequin for an exclusive London modiste, but her life is empty without the man to whom she gave her heart. Now, just when happiness seems within her grasp, jealous rivals conspire to ruin her dreams.

Can a beastly duke and a beautiful mannequin ever achieve a fairytale ending?

This book takes place in England in 1883. Rosamund's parents have died and she lives with the Gribbles, her aunt and uncle and their three daughters. They treat her more like a servant so it's a good thing she has Joe, the coachman's son. The Gribbles are off to London to find husbands for her cousins, Beulah, Vivian and Fanny and Rosamund is being left behind to fend for herself. She is offered a job to visit with the grandson of the Dowager Duchess of Swanhaven but needs to keep it a secret. She quickly learns the truth about Aubrey and does her best to help him. 

She has an opportunity to go to London so she does and that's when things unravel. After learning some hard truths, she realizes that she needs to forget all about Aubrey. She takes the position of a mannequin, where she wears the dressmaker's clothes out in public to bring in orders. I wasn't sure where the story would go from there and couldn't put it down until I found out!

This book has a Cinderella/Beauty and the Beast feel to it. Rosamund starts out as a Cinderella of sorts and meets Aubrey, who is a beast of sorts. As they get to know each other, their feelings towards each other start to change. When Rosamund realizes they can't be together, she is heartbroken but determined to live the best life she can under the circumstances. The rules of society were so strict which could make relationships quite complicated. I wasn't sure how things would work out and found her job as a mannequin fascinating as I'd never heard of that before. 

I loved this book from beginning to end and could not put it down! The ending was absolutely perfect! I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys clean regency romance with overtones of Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. 

Originally from Southern California, Suzanne G. Rogers has also lived in Asheville, North Carolina and Laurel, Mississippi. Currently residing in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, Suzanne writes sweet historical romance, fantasy, and romantic fantasy stories.  She’s owned by two hairless cats, Houdini and Nikita, and lives on an island populated by exotic birds, deer and the occasional gator. Tab is her beverage of choice, but when she imbibes, a cranberry vodka martini doesn’t go amiss.


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