So Enchanting Author:Connie Brockway Years ago, lovely young Francesca Walcott ruled the fringes of London society as a mysteriously gifted medium. Until the uncompromising Lord Greyson Sheffield accused her of being a fraud, shattering her world and sending her into exile in the Scottish Highlands. — Now Greyson has received word of a young witch in Scotland, and he travels to Litt... more »le Firkin to investigate, only to find that the girl in question has a companion who is none other than Fanny Walcott, now a ravishing woman. Audacious Fanny is more than his match in every way and as the sparks of challenge set fire to a passion neither can control, Grey is prepared to risk everything for the one woman he can never forget.
Fighting an unseen enemy, thrown together by danger and desire, the cynic and the enchantress discover their own brand of magic ... and a love too powerful, too consuming, too beguiling for either to resist.« less
Connie Brockway's long awaited & newest historical. I had this on my wish list from the moment I knew it was due to be released. Overall, I thought it was an excellent book, but graded it somewhat less than perfect at a B+. The heroine is an animal empath and the widow of a con artist & fake medium, and the hero is a man driven & determined to expose supernatural fakes. She and her husband run afoul of him in the opening chapter, and even though he is profoundly attracted to her, her life is ultimately destroyed due to his intervention in her husband's nefarious activities. She goes to work for a former acquaintance as a governess & companion for his mildly telekinetic daughter after her husband is killed, and ends up caring for her after the death of the girl's father. The hero coincidentally is a relative of the daughter's new guardian, and he finds the heroine again six years after their first encounter, when he journeys to Scotland to investigate a possible threat to the girl's life. Of course, he's still attracted to her and sparks immediately start to fly...
This book ultimately reminded me a lot of Brockway's 2001 Victorian Romance, The Bridal Season. It has a similar storyline and the author's signature comic subtlety abounds. It failed somewhat to engage me as consistently as some of her previous efforts, however. The story lags a bit toward the middle, but picks up very nicely later in the second half. I felt the resolution of the external conflict was somewhat abrupt, and the ending a little nice & neat for all that the hero had so many trust issues with the heroine due to her past; I really felt like more of a heartfelt discussion between the H&H was in order to fully resolve their internal conflict. That said, I still highly recommend it and will be adding it to my keeper shelf. I adore Connie Brockway and I'm nothing short of thrilled to see her writing historicals again. Even her less than perfect efforts are ahead of the pack in terms of wit & originality.
Sensuality Rating: PG-13
WOW!!! "So Enchanting" is just that...ENCHANTING!!
- If I had to give one dislike it would be that it did not need to be 400+ pages. It did drag in some places. However, that said, the last 100 pages or so will make you forgive that! Had it not slowed my initial interest the way it did, this would have been a 1-nighter read! Absolutely!
I love the cover and the insert cover, but what I absolutely loved the most - and what Ms. Brockway's coup de grace was - is definitely the ending!!! Sure we all know the happily ever after is happening for the two main characters; that's a given. But I adore that on rare occasion (such as this) the author closes with something more, something different.
Some people read for the romance, some for the steamy scenes... my thing (aside from it being historical) is definitely humor! And when you run across a book, a story, an author, that hits it *so* perfectly, you absolutely want MORE!!! So I guess I have to amend my "if I had to give one dislike...well it's actually two: I *so* wanted more magic, *more* scenes and situations with Fanny's gift/curse, and more, more, MORE of Grammy Beadle!!!
So, instead of ending the story with the typical married happily ever-after, I hope you will enjoy [as I did] Ms. Brockway's ending with a scene from the beginning of the story: in the streets of Little Firkin! I absolutely laughed my @$$ off!!
- One suggestion: (and for any fans of Julia Quinn's "Lady Whistledown" character, you will appreciate this) find a way to put Grammy Beadle in a whole string of stories! =)
- This is perhaps one of 4 or 5 books I've read this year (and I read a couple a week) that's a solid 5* and keeper! Enjoy! =)