I am super excited about my the release (May 7) of A Wedding in Springtime, my first Regency romance. This represents the first in a new Marriage Mart series which features some of the hazards of making matches and hunting down spies in Regency London.
Since this is my release party please allow me to share with you some of the lovely reviews I have received. I was thrilled with this Starred Review from Publisher's Weekly:
Highlander romance author Forester (True Highland Spirit) populates her witty first Regency romance with scene-stealingly smart characters. Debutante Eugenia Talbot has ruined her life by laughing during her presentation to Queen Charlotte. Since the rake William Grant winked at Genie and caused her unseemly merriment, he feels obliged to save her from becoming a pariah by assisting with her acceptance into society. Genie’s vibrant sense of humor and kindness are so infectious that soon William is doing unexpectedly generous things like taking a street urchin into his home. William is on the verge of proposing marriage to Genie when an unexpected twist tangles the duo in a game of espionage, and they’ll need their combined wit and humor to survive. Engaging subplots involving unforgettable supporting characters make this one a must-read. ~ Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review
A Wedding in Springtime also received a Starred Review from Booklist, the "trusted experts" at the American Library Association. Yes, (mother, are you paying attention here?) A Wedding in Springtime is even endorsed by the library association!
Fans of Regency-era romances will be delighted with Forester’s first novel set in that milieu. This clever combination of wit, romance, and suspense strikes all the right notes as Genie, fresh from the county for her debut, fails to stifle her laughter when she is being presented to the queen just as Lord Chamberlain “chooses that moment to blow a little foul wind.” A man winks and smiles at her, reducing her to further laughter and ruining any possibility of her having a successful season. The man in question, Mr. Grant, a notorious rake, is a close friend of the Duke of Marchford, who is engaged to Genie’s cousin, so it is inevitable that they will meet again. Forester throws in an amazing array of Regency-romance tropes: a dowager duchess with plans up her sleeve, a spinster who becomes her companion and business partner, a lovable street rat, a Fagin-like villain, a secret marriage, a spy in the service of Napoléon, secret codes, clandestine romance. And she more than does justice to them all. This entertaining novel is a diamond of the first order. ~ Booklist, Starred Review
Ok, I know I am tooting my own horn. And speaking of tooting, Publisher's Weekly has this to say when it named A Wedding in Springtime one of the Best Books for Summer 2013!
Not many authors can get away with starting a Regency romance with a fart joke, but Forester makes it work in this delightful tale of a mischievous miss and the rake who’s won over by her sense of humor. The sunny theme and lighthearted story are perfect for summer’s lazy days.
Yes, those are fabulous reviews, but my favorite description of my heroine came from Long and Short Reviews, who wrote Genie was a "cross between Mary Poppins and Dirty Harry." Awesome!
Now for the best part - you get a chance to win your very own copy of A Wedding in Springtime! Since our heroine's debut is ruined by a fit of inopportune laughter, share an embarrassing moment for a chance to win!