Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Blog Tour/Review: Finding Anne de Bourgh by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen

Finding Anne de Bourgh, by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen
2019, 263p, Clean Regency Mystery/Romance
My Rating=4.5 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way

As heiress of Rosings Park, Anne de Bourgh’s health is of utmost importance to her mother, Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Thus, following the shock of a recent fire at Rosings Park, the young woman is spirited away to Brighton to take the cure. While her domineering mother is bent on healing her daughter’s sickly constitution to secure her a suitable match, Anne herself is far more concerned with sketching the flora and fauna of the lovely sea town. It is in pursuit of artistic inspiration among the flowers that Anne becomes acquainted with Mr. Owen Talbot, a charming man with whom Anne feels an immediate connection, notwithstanding their differing stations.

But despite their growing esteem for one another, the couple faces an insurmountable problem: Lady Catherine has set her sights on a rich, well-connected man for her daughter, and Mr. Talbot is simply too common. With their love in jeopardy, the couple soon faces far graver problems. There has been a murder in Brighton, and Anne is innocently drawn into an amateur investigation that ultimately traces its roots to her own family. With a frightening foreshadowing regarding the de Bourghs, Anne begins to question whom she can truly trust.

It was fun to read about Anne de Bourgh, a secondary character in Pride & Prejudice, who is the main character in this book. Her mother, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, is domineering and Anne wants to please her. However, Anne and her mother have different ideas about who Anne should marry so she needs to assert herself if she wants to marry for love. 

Anne is an easy character to like. She desires to marry for love rather than a good connection. Owen Talbot is a kind man that she feels a connection with but his parentage isn't good enough for her mother. I loved how their relationship developed and how much each of them grew. 

I enjoyed reading this book and I loved the mystery element the author included. It was foreshadowed through the point of view of one of the characters but it took a while to find out the who and why. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Pride & Prejudice, as well as mystery and clean romance.  

Award-winning author, Ronda Hinrichsen (also writing as Kathleen Marks) and her family own a small farm located between the beautiful Rocky Mountains and the Great Salt Lake where she regularly sees eagles, hawks, owls, and ducks. Lots of ducks. She is the author of independently and traditionally published non-fiction, romantic suspense and speculative books as well as numerous magazine articles and stories for children and adults. She also enjoys teaching about writing in conference and classroom settings.

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