Josette


Romance - Historical
184 Pages
Reviewed on 07/31/2011
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Author Biography

Danielle Thorne freelanced for online and print magazines from 1998 through 2001, adding reviewing and editing to her resume. She has published poetry, short fiction and novels. Danielle is the author of sweet romantic adventure books, both historical and contemporary.

Other work has appeared with Espresso Fiction, Every Day Fiction, Arts and Prose Magazine, Mississippi Crow, The Nantahala Review, StorySouth, Bookideas, The Mid-West Review, and more. She won an Honorable Mention in Writer’s Digest’s 2006 annual writing competition and won the 2008 Awe-Struck Short Novel Contest. In 2009, Danielle won Classic Romance Revival's Work in Progress Contest, which resulted in another contract for her fiction.

Danielle currently writes from south of Atlanta, Georgia. She was the 2009-2010 Co-Chair for the New Voices Competition for young writers, is active with online author groups such as Classic Romance Revival and EPIC, and she moderates for The Sweetest Romance Authors at the Coffee Time Romance boards and Goodreads. Besides contract editing and writing full time, Danielle has four sons with her husband, Rob. Together they enjoy travel and the outdoors.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lynette Fowlston for Readers' Favorite

Josette by Danielle Thorn is a historical, sweet romance in a Jane Austen-type novel. Josette is completely devastated with news of her brother’s death. When Captain Phillip Carter arrives before the post he sent, Josette is nothing but arrogant and quite callous, putting the blame of her brother's death on the Captain. Amy, her younger sister who is quite the spoiled, selfish brat, has her eye on the captain, all the while worrying about a coming-out party. With the discovery that Beddingfield Estates will be inherited by Edward Price, a cousin, upon the death of George, Josette is beside herself. She has no desire to wed this cousin, so Amy decides she will try and win him over...that is, until the family of Captain Carter tries to talk the girls out of making a hasty decision. Which one, if either, does Captain Carter have romantic notions about? Will Josette learn there is more to life than Beddingfield Estates and find happiness outside of her home?

For those who are into the regency romance/Jane Austen genre that is cleanly written, they will find Josette a sweet treat to read. At the beginning, I found Josette to be infuriating; she came across as an arrogant, snobbish young lady who felt things had to go her way, while her sister was a self-centered, spoiled teenager. The characters were easy to connect with. The book is well written, but I did think it somewhat resembled Pride and Prejudice. Still, all in all, it was an enjoyable read, a sweet romance with just a hint towards sexual tendencies, but no graphic scenes. Therefore it will be enjoyable for all ages.