Author: Rebecca Thomas
Original Title: The Earl's Christmas Colt
Release Year: 2013
Literary Genre: Romance
Setting: England, regency
THIS NOVEL WAS RELEASED THE 30st DECEMBER 2013
Not bad but neither exceptional!
The plot is good, it's the main reason that brought me to request an ARC; the beginning is good as well, despite my not-precisely-fondness for the heroine, the hero is fine but all together didn't catch me that much. I really liked the heroine's brother, though, he has a good potential!
I would say that the real problem here is the brevity; yes, it's a short story, but really, everything happens too fast, The Earl's Christmas Colt is more like a prologue.
Let me tell you again that I liked the plot, it was intriguing...very, but something is amiss, I think that twenty extra pages would have been the key.
Lady Arabella Sutton is a beautiful young girl more interested in horses than men and she's shocked when her brother announced her that he has betrothed her to a stranger, an earl.
Incredulous and angered by the decision made at her back, she takes an impetuous ride to clear her mind but ends up injuring her mare. The only solution is to spend the night in an inn where her beloved horse can be tended. As soon as she arrives she meets a charming man she thinks to be a stable hand who instead is Oliver Westwyck, the Earl of Marsdale, her future husband.
Oliver, instantly fascinated by the girl's beauty and aware of her identity, decides to assume the role he has been mistaken for, to know better her intended...but when Arabella declares her adversity towards noblemen he is in the difficult situation to reveal his true identity and try to win her heart.
I have to mention that I truly appreciated that the author doesn't really involved love in the plot, which would have been way too surrealistic, Arabella and Oliver's story is more like an acquaintance and instant sympathy...
Buona lettura and Happy New Year!!!
** I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book courtesy of NetGalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC in exchange for an honest review, thank you for the opportunity.