From the very start of A PERFECT GENTLEMAN, I was immediately drawn into the fascinating circumstances taking place, and my interest never waned during any scenes that followed. Candace Camp always manages to invent original situations for her characters to face, and events in her latest book are absolutely riveting. There is intrigue, misunderstandings, humor, and even some suspense, and each new development kept me from finding a stopping point. While I have enjoyed numerous books from Ms. Camp in the past, her latest is definitely one of her best. A PERFECT GENTLEMAN has every ingredient needed to make it an entertaining historical read.
When Abigail Price married Graeme Parr, she had hoped her life would finally be much better. After living with a father who controlled every aspect of her daily existence, she had thought becoming the Earl of Montclair’s wife would lead to more pleasant days. Though Abigail was aware her English husband did not love her, as they hardly knew each other, she had dreams of them one day having a happy marriage. But it quickly becomes apparent Graeme only wed the American because of her wealth that his family needed and does not plan on being a real husband to her, so she swiftly leaves him and goes back home.
After not having any contact with his wife for ten years, for which he is grateful, Graeme is very wary when she suddenly shows up in London. Their initial meeting gives him no clue as to why she has returned, yet he does realize Abigail has changed from quietly timid to a stunning woman and superb conversationalist. At first, he is very concerned about her causing a scandal that would affect his family’s name, but he soon also feels unexpectedly drawn to his wife who is practically a stranger.
There are so many things that I liked about A PERFECT GENTLEMAN. Regardless of what part they played, characters are convincing and very lifelike. I must say Graeme was not exactly endearing himself to me at first, but his later actions showed his heart was in the right place, even when his mind kept the words from being spoken. At least he was willing to talk over his troubles with others, and possibly see the error of ways. Abigail is a heroine for whom I was rooting for at all times, as she is such a wonderful person but has had so much go wrong for her. I thoroughly delighted in her quick wit, plus how she never held back from speaking her thoughts. A number of discussions in the story left Graeme and Abigail confused because of their beliefs, and I frequently became anxious because I wondered how either of them would react. There are several passionate encounters between the couple, and Abigail’s honest responses were truly heartfelt.
While the couple is often tested as they suffer through more than a few trials during their marriage, they do also experience plenty of good times. I really enjoyed their intelligent banter with each other and even some of their relatives, especially Graeme’s cousin, James, whose book is next. There are also unknowns that need answers, and the path to finding solutions is occasionally frightening. Candace Camp has created a compelling romantic story, as A PERFECT GENTLEMAN is constantly engaging.
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Releases: March 28, 2017
Author website: www.candace-camp.com/
Rating: 5 Stars