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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
The Reluctant Baronet: A Regency Romance by Elizabeth W. Watkins has all of the elements needed to pull readers into this historical novel. Russell and Selina are very much in love, but whether will they ever find a way to be together is the main dilemma in this story. Selina has survived both smallpox and the family home almost being lost. There is gossip from high society that puts both Russell and Selina in an impossible situation. As was the custom of the day, the announcement that Selina was to marry a man she did not love or even like seemed inevitable. The marriage announcement not only ruined Selina’s future but that of her two friends as well. Russell was also devastated at losing Selina, a young and intelligent woman living at a time when women had few rights. Russell’s goal in life was to make life better for all of London’s people. Smallpox had taken the lives of many and the debate as to the merits of the vaccine was discussed in great detail. Russell is Scottish and we get a lovely picture of the differences between the British and Scots celebrations of Christmas and the New Year.
The Reluctant Baronet has many layers and each one pulled me further and further into the pages of the book. It was impossible not to root for Selina and Russell to find a happy ever after ending. While the book is set during Britain’s Regency era it was impossible not to relate much of it to what we are dealing with in today’s world. Elizabeth W. Watkins brought the 1800s to life with likable characters and a plot that has many ups and downs. Multiple events are taking place and it is impossible to stop reading until you get all the answers. If you are a fan of the Regency era, a good romance, and interesting details, then this is a must-read, as you will not be disappointed.