Carter, Rebel. Hearth and Home. London: Violet Gaze Press, 2019.
ASIN: B07YK1PD6M | $3.99 USD | 326 pages | Historical Romance
Can a wealthy businessman find love as a mail order groom?
Julian Baptiste was determined to find a love as epic as that of his parents. As the son of a freedwoman and a wealthy Union solider, Julian was unique among the glittering upper 400 of New York Society. Shrewd in business and discrete with his affairs, Julian was not a man to be trifled with.
Until her. One glimpse of Violet Shield and Julian is haunted. As the cook of the boarding house where he is staying while visiting his sister Julie and her two husbands Violet is a breath of fresh air. But Julian is hesitant to call it love at such a short acquaintance and is determined to be only a friend to her.
But when an unexpected advert for a husband is placed on Violet’s behalf, the frontier cook’s reputation and her very future are at stake. And Julian finds himself stepping into a role he is powerless to resist. Mail order groom.
Amidst the wilds of the sweeping Montana frontier to the riches of the New York 400, Julian and Violet fall deeply in love. But can love be enough when misunderstandings threaten the fragile new passion they have found?
In the series
Feeling a desire to read more Rebel Carter and more or the Gold Sky series, I picked up Hearth and Home. Like its predecessor, it’s a unique story, following a mail-order groom. Not being super well read on the mail order bride trope, I still enjoyed this fun twist.
Julian is a nuanced character, having a balance of shrewd businessman and sweet cinnamon-roll family man. I was touched how he came to ingratiate himself with Violet and the Gold Sky community, and he has some wonderful musings about the meaning of home that really resonated with me.
As for Violet, she is the perfect partner for Julian. Even though it started as an arrangement, it’s obvious how well matched they are in the sense that she has an independent spirit that he respects and embraces wholeheartedly.
I did find the pacing of this one a bit odd, with the path to their wedding feeling drawn out, and then followed by a honeymoon trip, and then finally the conflict rearing its ugly head. However, it is meant to be more of a slow burn, I believe, so in that regard it does work, but I can see that being a matter of taste as to whether it works or not.
I enjoyed this book for the most part and think this an enjoyable installment in what is shaping up to be a compelling series.
Rebel Carter loves love. So much in fact that she decided to write the love stories she desperately wanted to read. A book by Rebel means diverse characters, sexy banter, a real big helping of steamy scenes, and, of course, a whole lotta heart.
Rebel lives in Colorado, makes a mean espresso, and is hell-bent on filling your bookcase with as many romance stories as humanly possible!
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