Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be apart of the blog tour for; The Earls Lady Geologist by Alissa Baxter. I cannot wait to share my review of this sweet and unique book with you all, this is the first in the brand new series; Linfield Ladies and I can’t wait to introduce to them.
Firstly, I want to say thank you Amy at Historical Fiction Virtual Blog Tours for the invite to this tour.
About the Book
The Earls Lady Geologist by Alissa Baxter.
Publication Date: February 28, 2021
Series: Linfield Ladies Series, Book One
Genre: Regency Romance
Cassandra Linfield is a lady fossil collector who declares she will never marry as no man will ever take her studies seriously. When circumstances force her to travel to Town for the Season, Cassy infiltrates the hallowed portals of the Geological Society from which she has been banned. She is horrified when she comes face to face with her nemesis, the infuriating Earl of Rothbury.
Lord Rothbury is a gentleman-geologist with a turbulent romantic past. After a youthful disappointment he vows never to fall in love again, and makes the decision, instead, to seek out a convenient wife when he returns to England from his geological travels abroad.
Brought together by their close family ties, Cassy and Rothbury collaborate on a geological paper and discover a powerful attraction. Marriage, however, is the one subject they cannot agree upon. But when Cassy’s life is threatened, the two realise that love matters more than their objections.
AMAZON | BARNES AND NOBLE | INDIEBOUND | KOBO
Praise for The Earl’s Lady Geologist
“A gentle Regency romance, full of sweetness and intelligence. Alissa Baxter’s writing is period perfect.” –Mimi Matthews, USA Today bestselling author of The Matrimonial Advertisement
“The Earl’s Lady Geologist by Alissa Baxter deftly weaves together the charm of a traditional Regency romance, fascinating information on scientific society of the time, with a quiet subtext about the challenges faced by women interested in pursuing science. This first book in a new series is wonderfully satisfying on many levels!” –Mary Jo Putney, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author
“While immersing the reader in the mores and life of the Regency era, Alissa Baxter manages to write strong, independent heroines whom modern-day women will cheer and root for. Plus the addition of little details that wrap around the plot and the characters make reading her books all the more special because you never know when you might land on a little Easter egg morsel in the beautiful and engaging prose. Historicals with heart and engaging characters that read real—that’s what you get in Ms. Baxter’s books.” –Zee Monodee, USA Today bestselling author
“A truly traditional Regency romance, with lots of witty banter, very reminiscent of Georgette Heyer. Recommended for anyone who likes a completely clean traditional Regency, with strongly authentic writing, historical accuracy and a satisfying romance. Baxter’s writing is excellent, and her dialogue, manners and settings are true to the era. A spirited heroine, a brooding hero, lots of sparkling banter and an authentic Regency setting—with added fossils! Great fun. From Lyme Regis to the drawing rooms of London, Alissa Baxter takes the reader back to the time of Jane Austen.”
Mary Kingswood, author of traditional Regency romances
Alissa Baxter is a marvel of the historical romance genre, her books are always thought-provoking, incredibly well researched and beautifully romantic.
The Earls Lady Geologist beautiful story of two people who like chalk and cheese, she is spirited and opinionated whereas he is a little bit of a stick in the mud, he appears very disapproving of her and her opinions and I did wonder how on earth such different people could ever live happily ever after.
But, when the chemistry does start crackling their romance is one of endearing love and loyalty, I particularly loved that once Rothbury understands Cassandra and they learn of their shared love of Fossil’s he is very open and supportive of her passion and her dedication to Geology and Fossil hunting, something which I thought was such a nice turn of events, even though I wasn’t sure about them as a couple, I didn’t think that they would work well together, I am pleased to be proved wrong as they do make a cute couple.
I really like how we first meet Cassandra, there she is on the beach up to her knees and elbows in the mud looking for fossils – how wonderful is that? She is a great character, I felt a real connection to her and thoroughly enjoyed walking beside her as the story moved forward. I loved the turn of events when she dresses like a man to get into the geological society, only to find the one man she has sworn to avoid, the infuriating prim, brooding and dashing; Lord Rothbury.
I really liked the heroine; Cassandra, she is a smart, sassy, wilful, passionate, fun and quite stubborn young woman, she is incredibly likeable, you can’t help yourself but root for her from the start, but she is a woman who unfortunately lives during the restrictive Regency era. She is an absolute breath of fresh air, personally, I find a lot of Regency women to be a little grating always gonging gooey-eyed for titles, and wanting to waste their tender years in hoping to grasp said title. In Cassandra with having a spirited woman who thinks before she acts and is determined she doesn’t need to be trapped in the vicar’s mousetrap, she makes her intelligent and well-founded protestations for not marrying with as much gusto as a politician makes their side heard in parliament. But, alas again this is the Regency era and basically, it doesn’t matter what she says fate works against women.
I loved the inclusion of real historical characters, without name dropping there are some great names who pop up during the course of the story, I love that Baxter has so seamlessly written them into her fictional story.
There is a fabulous cast of character’s, villains, interfering aunts, fun side characters and of course our two leads, the cast really rounds the story out so it’s not just all about fossil hunting and history, for those who aren’t huge fans of either – personally, I loved the historical detailing and facts which Baxter has strewn into the story.
Don’t think that this is all about funny, romantic and quirky plots with unique and likeable characters, there is sadness too with the mention of miscarriage which Baxter has handled with such sensitively for what is a pretty taboo subject in historical romance, she wrote that particular part of the plot with such care, it was emotional but not overdone so much that it would upset anyone, which really is a testament of how skilful Baxter’s writing is.
I absolutely loved this book, it’s fun, smart, romantic and wonderfully original. The cover and title caught my attention right from the moment I spied it, I was intrigued by the premise of a lady geologist. To be honest, I don’t really know a lot about Geology, so this book was a great learning curve and made me want to learn more about the history and real-life women who led the way in the field.
The Earls Geologist is a sweet and smart story, one of which any historical romance fan will be begging to read, highly recommended, I can’t wait to see what comes next in this new series.
About the Author
Alissa Baxter was born in a small town in South Africa, and grew up with her nose in a book on a poultry and cattle farm. At the age of eleven she discovered her mother’s collection of Georgette Heyer novels. The first Heyer novel she ever read was Sylvester and she was hooked on Georgette Heyer after that. She read and reread her novels, and fell totally in love with the Regency period and Heyer’s grey-eyed heroes! After school and university, where she majored in Political Science and French, she published her first Regency novel, The Dashing Debutante.
Alissa travelled overseas and worked as a flight attendant in Dubai before she moved to England, where she did an odd assortment of jobs while researching her second novel, Lord Fenmore’s Wager, which she wrote when she moved back to South Africa. Alissa’s third Regency novel, A Marchioness Below Stairs, is the sequel to Lord Fenmore’s Wager.
Alissa has lived in Durban and Cape Town but she eventually settled in Johannesburg where she lives with her husband and two sons. Alissa is also the author of two chick-lit novels, Send and Receive and The Blog Affair, which have been re-released as The Truth About Series: The Truth about Clicking Send and Receive and The Truth About Cats and Bees.
Blog Tour Schedule
Wednesday, February 24
Review at Bookish Rantings
Thursday, February 25
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Friday, February 26
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Monday, March 1
Review & Excerpt at Bookworlder
Tuesday, March 2
Review at Robin Loves Reading
Wednesday, March 3
Review at Amy’s Booket List
Friday, March 5
Review at View from the Birdhouse
Monday, March 8
Review at Book Bustle
Tuesday, March 9
Review at Tangents and Tissues
Wednesday, March 10
Review at YA, It’s Lit
Thursday, March 11
Review at Older & Smarter
Friday, March 12
Excerpt at Hopewell’s Public Library of Life
Monday, March 15
Review at Jorie Loves A Story
Wednesday, March 17
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit
Thursday, March 18
Review at Read Review Rejoice
Friday, March 19
Guest Post at Coffee and Ink
Monday, March 22
Review at Books and Zebras
Tuesday, March 23
Review at Novels Alive
Wednesday, March 24
Feature at I’m Into Books
Thursday, March 25
Review at Bitch Bookshelf
Friday, March 26
Review at Little But Fierce Book Diary
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