About the Book
Be calm, she thought.
Be gracious. Be twenty-two.
Lady Olivia Fanton is eager to prove she’s no longer a child. However, just as she thinks she’s found a suitable match in the suave Mr Manning, charismatic Captain Jem Ford walks back into her life, bringing with him all the embarrassment of her infatuation four years before! She’s determined to appear mature, distant, and friendly. But does she dare hope he’ll notice her as the lady she’s become?
Well, this is charmingly different, but in an entirely good way! This is book three in The Chadcombe Marriages series, and what a wonderfully, different story, Ms Tinley has created. I think everyone who has been reading this series from the very start has been waiting for Lady Olivia’s story, I know that I have and I can say without a doubt that this is well worth the wait, Ms. Tinley has not disappointed. I was instantly intrigued by the premise of this, of two suitors vying for the attention of the lady.
When Jem Ford returned home from the war wounded, his Captain and best friend; Harry Fanton took Jem to his home to mend. Whilst there Harry’s sister; Olivia and Jem grow closer and closer as she helps him regain his strength. Olivia falls in love with the dashing hero that she thinks he is about to propose, only to have her heart broken when he heads to Australia to make a name for himself. She thought he felt the same for her, and think’s that when he chose to take the position in Australia he proved that he didn’t feel anything for her. Which really is as far from the truth as can be!
Four years later and the man she had fallen head over heals for and still holds a torch in her heart, even though he broke it is back. He has risen through the ranks, he has done exactly what he set out to do; make a name for himself. But none of that matters to Olivia all she can think of whenever his name is mentioned is how much he hurt her when he ran off. Jem’s return coincides with the arrival of the cheekily handsome; George Manning, who is proving quite the distraction for Olivia, he is exactly what she needs.
Both men are highly handsome and charming, but they are very different in character George is confident, he likes the limelight, he enjoys the attention and he likes how his life would be if he and Olivia are ever married, whereas Jem is just as confident, but he has a quieter and calmer way about him that draws you to him without a word, from the page he thinks himself not good enough for the aristocratic Olivia, I rather found his determination to better himself very endearing and George is very rakish and cheeky, I found was something very secretive about him. He is attentive toward Olivia you can see there is a mutual attraction between them, but right from the off, you can see very clearly where Olivia’s heart lies.
Unlike the previous book in the series, for me, there isn’t as much romantic interaction between Olivia and the man she eventually ends up with as I would have liked, but that takes nothing away from the story that Catherine Tinley has written. She has created an exciting, sensitive and edge-of-your-seat story that I will guarantee will keep you up past your bedtime – and that is just finding out if Olivia and the man you know she is meant for finally get their happily ever after. The slow-burning romance is sweet, loving and tender, there is a lot of emotion building up between our lead couple that does keep you hanging on waiting to see what will happen. I love the added kidnap and ransom twist in the story, it is an exciting and thrilling twist and really takes the story from sweet romance to romantic suspense and which I think is the making of this book.
What I particularly liked about The Makings of a Lady is that it is highly detailed, unlike a lot of romances where the story is led by characters and their feelings for one other and some of the plot is sort of masked by that, this isn’t. This is plot-driven, every aspect is finely honed and detailed from the kidnap and ransom to the childbirth scene, which I thought was a refreshing take on the historical romance genre.
I do really like this, it is an enjoyable story which has a mixture of regency authenticity from customs to traditions, and mystery and it’s full of warmth and wit that engages and entertains. Ms Tinley has a real way with words that captures the reader’s attention and keeps them glued right to the last page.
A more than it meets the eye, romance that will entertain all romance readers.
This was an ARC copy via the author in exchange for an honest review for this blog tour.
The Making’s of a Lady is to be released on 4th October and can be pre-ordered from Amazon.
Catherine Tinley writes heartwarming Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. She has loved reading and writing since childhood and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings. After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, NHS management, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now works in Sure Start. She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, cat, and dog and can be reached over at her website and on social media.