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Reviewed by Patricia Day for Readers' Favorite
The Viscount of Maisons-Laffitte is a romance written by Jennie Goutet. Monsieur de Brase was an imposing figure. His only son, Louie, attended school where Chastity taught. Chastity had taken a post in France when her life had shattered into pieces. There was just her and her beloved child, Thomas. Her expectation for each student was high so when Louie’s grades began to slip, and he began arriving at school smelling of drugs, she felt it her responsibility to inform his father. The viscount took a distinct dislike to a newcomer telling him to spend more time with his son to determine what his problem with school might be. In his capacity as parent, he felt it more encouraging to allow his child to solve his own challenges – right or wrong. Chastity was reprimanded, coldly, for interfering. The Viscount’s dislike of her was matched by hers for him. A sudden emergency gave each an opportunity to re-evaluate the other. Neither was looking for love so their cool friendship remained, with Charles steadfastly defensive until his profession is revealed. When Thomas requires medical help, Chastity fears losing him. He is her world and she refuses to leave his side.
Monsieur de Brase was rude and arrogant, and oblivious of the trouble his son was encountering. An illness, a horse, and some tender loving care are catalysts for change. Despite the animosity between them, a truce evolves between Charles and Chastity, bringing a new perspective into being. When Chastity’s world crashes around her, Charles reveals a softer, more empathetic side to his crusty nature. Can he win Chastity’s affection? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
Each of these enigmatic and independent single parents have overcome major obstacles to attain their position in life. Their initial dislike of each other gradually grows into interest, albeit from a distance. Could it be more? Time will tell. Jennie Goutet skilfully develops this charming story into a very enjoyable love-beats-all read. I enjoyed this very good book a great deal and would recommend it without hesitation. A book for all readers.