This was lovely. It dealt with a slighly more serious and mature subject matter than most regency romances I've read -- the hero's young sisters had been kidnapped when they were very small and are still coping with it; the oldest carries a knife with her wherever she goes, and the youngest doesn't speak -- but it does so with grace and sensitivity. It still has all the qualities I love about romances (wonderful characters, a lovely romance, and a sense of fun), but it also has an added layer of complexity. I really enjoyed it. It's a moving, touching story about the power of love to heal wounded souls (except it's nowhere near as soppy as I just made it sound). Recommended!
The Perfect Waltz is not a typical romance novel in some ways, and in many ways it is. The difference in this novel and so many others is that it deals with some difficult subjects. Our wonderful hero Sebastian has two sisters; his sisters were kidnapped before he could protect them properly. You see Sebastian didnt start out as a rich man in ton society, he married into it. Due to what happened to his sisters they are a hard pair to deal with, they run off governesses one straps a knife to her thigh the other doesnt talk. What is he to do? Find the perfect wife, of course. Ah, yes this is where we find it is a typical romance novel.
But fate and Sebastian will find themselves at odds, he wants a sensible, older, do good wife who will be able to handle his sisters. Fate wants him to have a lively, fun, chipper young woman. Sebastian of course rails against this. He wont list to his friend who tries to tell him that Miss Hope Merridew is probably the best match he could find because hope has suffered too. Hope suffered under the brutish hand of her grandfather who was abusive. Truly what better woman than that to help care for some battered children?
The story is written well, and over all I enjoyed it better than the first one. It still has a few small moments where it drags, but over all I did enjoy it. I liked the subject matter, and I liked that it was not afraid to go into deeper topics. The nice thing about this book as well is that it is a stand a lone there are some references to The Perfect Rake, but not many. You will still be able to know whats going on. And enjoy getting to know Hope Merridew. If youre looking for a historical romance, I recommend this one.
Doreen C. reviewed The Perfect Waltz (Merridew Sisters, Bk 2) on
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Loved this book so much that I ordered all the other Anne Gracie books I could find on PBS.Sebastian and Hope are either fighting or loving and you don't want to stop reading the book.The supporting characters are also very involved in the story and Giles is down right funny through out the book. Great book would not mind reading it again at a later date.
This book is the second book following "The Perfect Rake." and it was just as good as the first book.
The dialogue in this book is especially well written. Some of it makes you laugh and some of it is very thought provoking.
London's ball of the season is hardly the milieu for society black sheep Sebastion. But his younger sisters are in desperate need of care, and Sebastion is seeking a practical, down to earth wife. What he doesn'e need is an effervescent sprite like Hope, a dazzling beauty and the darling of the ton...
I liked this book, like some of the previous reviews, it did deal with a couple of serious subjects and was very well done. Story was engaging,sweet,fun,serious and had some twists to it. A really nice read.