I have always enjoyed historical romance novels- they were one of the first fiction genres that I started reading when I was young and I still love to pick up a new one. My most recent historical fiction novel that I received to review is called A Sapphire Season, by Lynn Morris. Here's a bit about it, from the publisher's website:
Lady Mirabella Tirel, the beautiful daughter of the Marquess of Camarden, takes a practical approach to love since a dashing captain broke her heart at age 17. Now at almost 22 years old, she has decided to endure one last London season to secure a suitable engagement and begin a simple life in the country. Sir Giles Knyvet is Mirabella's oldest friend and her most dependable ally, and he is also secretly in love with her. Yet he knows the prospect of a relationship is doubtful: Besides being a mere baronet, he aims to settle a large family debt before sharing his feelings with her. But as Mirabella draws close to a suitable match, Giles may need to interfere to buy himself more time.
I read this book over the course of a couple of evenings in a recent week. I found the book to be very engaging, with interesting characters and lots of descriptions of life in Regency society. I liked Lady Mirabella and her best friend Sir Giles a lot and was anxious for them to figure out their feelings for each other and work things out!
This book is put out by FaithWords, the Christian publishing section of Hachette Books, but the discussions of faith are primarily in the latter part of the book, as the character of Mirabella matures and figures out priorities for her life. I thought the faith aspect of the book was realistic and didn't seem forced. Of course, being a Christian book, that means this book was free of bedroom scenes and the like, just some mention of kissing near the end of the book. I enjoyed this book a lot and am anxious to read other books by Ms. Morris.