Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Book Review: To Warm a Wintered Heart by Deborah M. Hathaway

To Warm a Wintered Heart, by Deborah M. Hathaway
2016, 284p, Clean Regency Romance
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the author, which did not affect my review in any way

After an uneventful season in Bath, Miss Charlotte Rosebury returns home to Warwickshire, looking forward to a visit from her mother’s friend. Their expected guest, Mrs. Worthington, has promised that her son will be accompanying her, and as Charlotte has only ever heard stories of the gentleman who rarely leaves his Yorkshire estate, she is most pleased to meet him. However, when her warm welcome is returned with a fierce frown from the handsome man, she cannot help but long to be free of him and his blue-eyed glare.

Despite his mother’s protests, Mr. Gabriel Worthington had made the decision long ago to remain unmarried, but when he meets Charlotte, doubts about his decision creep into his fearful mind, and he wishes for nothing more than to flee from the woman and never return.

For weeks, the two are forced to live within the same home, and though they provoke one another with teasing and stolen glances, an unlikely friendship blossoms between them, a friendship that grows stronger than either of them had expected. Will Gabriel concede to the choices binding his heart, or can Charlotte’s warmth be just the thing to strengthen their love and, at last, end their fears?

Charlotte Rosebury is looking forward to a visit from her mother's friend, Mrs. Worthington and her son, Gabriel. When they arrive, Gabriel is mean to her. His mother led him to believe that the Rosebury girls were young and, when they weren't, Gabriel accused his mother and Charlotte of conspiring together to get him to marry her. She's upset because that wasn't the plan at all and lets him know what she thinks of his accusation. Needless to say, they are off to a rocky start.

I did enjoy this story, but then the pattern seemed to be that they would get along and start to become friends until another misunderstanding occurred and then he would ignore her until something would happen to get them talking again. Gabriel had made a promise to himself years ago that he would never marry so it was difficult for him to completely soften his heart towards Charlotte. Not knowing Gabriel's reasons to keep his heart locked was confusing to Charlotte since he was pretty hot and cold towards her. They were able to become friends as they spent a lot of time together.

I loved Gabriel's mother and Charlotte's younger sister, Julia. There were also other characters who added to the story and made things interesting along the way. I can't forget to mention that I absolutely love the cover! Overall, this is a fun read for anyone who enjoys clean, regency romance! This is the first book I've read by this author, and I'm looking forward to reading more of her work in the future!

Deborah M. Hathaway graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor's degree in English and an emphasis in Creative Writing. As a young girl, she watched her first regency romance (Pride and Prejudice, 1940), before devouring Jane Austen’s novels and being captured by all things Regency. After falling madly in love with, and then marrying, her English husband, Deborah traveled to the United Kingdom, spending time in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. While exploring the beauty of the countryside, she received inspiration within cities such as York and Stratford-upon-Avon, the latter being one of her favorite places in the world. She is thrilled to have three novels out and is already working on her next clean romance.


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