Friday, January 17, 2014

The Persuasion of Miss Jane Brody Review & Tour!!

Title: The Persuasion of Miss Jane Brody
Author: Isabella Hargreaves
Genre: Historical Romance
Publication Date: November 28, 2013

Jane Brody is a passionate follower of Mary Wollstonecraft's beliefs about the rights of women. She campaigns for better education and employment opportunities for girls so they can be independent of men. Conservative Jonathan Everslie, Marquis of Dalton, needs a wife and heir, but can't find a woman who doesn't bore him. Then he meets Jane Brody. He finds her attractive, but her politics dangerous.

After Jane’s father dies, she is left to raise her younger siblings. Her efforts to support them by running a girls’ school fail because Society decries her beliefs. Marquis of Dalton wants her, but can Jane overcome her fears and put aside her beliefs to marry him to save her family? Will Dalton risk his political career to win Jane’s love and persuade her that they belong together?

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My Review:

This is a charming story with a lot of social and political views mixed in it.  The character of Jane Brody is fascinating, in that she is not afraid to believe in women's rights and supports that cause in everything she does, including how she deals with falling in love.  Jonathan Everslie is charming and a bit of a rake, but is a typical man of the time.  At least at first.

To watch how these two people fall in love with each other and yet keep themselves at a distance was a bit hard for me.  Jane is clearly drawn to Jonathan, but her fear of being trapped in a marriage and forced to have children is almost stifling.  She is unable to see that sometimes love is a real thing and some marriages aren't just for convenience.  Of course watching her sister go through a abusive situation with her husband doesn't help matters.

Jonathan on the other hand is certain that marriage and kids are what every woman wants.  He sees no reason for Jane to deny him in his marriage proposal.  After all, he is a wealthy and titled man.  But it takes him some time to see what Jane fears and why she fears it.  And when he realizes what makes her believe the way she does, he changes and supports her.  Of course these two come together & realize they love each other more than they love their beliefs, leading them to their own HEA.

 I had some issues with the writing a bit, it felt rushed in places.  The story is crazy interesting, in that I haven't read a story with this social commentary in a historical romance before.  It kept me engaged and interested.  But I felt like sometimes the story wasn't fleshed completely out.  I wanted to know more.  All in all though, I really liked this book!

I give it 4 lipsticks!



Elizabeth introduced them in her breathy voice and Jonathan courteously responded. “Charmed to meet you Miss Brody. My sister insisted that I accompany her to hear your views.” And I will certainly do so again after seeing how very much more attractive you are close up.

“I’m delighted to meet you Lord Dalton. I trust I have convinced you that women have voices which ought to be heard. This fraternity needs people in high places such as you to spread the word and convince men that women are entitled to equal rights.”

Surprised by her calm expectation that he was a supporter of her women’s cause, Jonathan felt compelled to disabuse her. “I’m afraid that I do not yet believe there is reason or need for women to demand an equal place in our society.”

“If they do not need equality of rights, then why do women die every day from too many confinements weakening their health?” she demanded quietly.

“Unfortunately they do die,” he replied. His face was impassive. “But that is an issue for man and wife to debate and settle – not society as a whole. And surely not a subject for an unmarried woman to concern herself with?”

“And how do you expect women to control their reproduction if they are not permitted to discuss the question and the means before they are wed? Afterwards it becomes a fait accompli, does it not?” she queried.

I’m an Australian author of historical romances mainly set during the Regency period. My first novel, The Persuasion of Miss Jane Brody was awarded joint second place part in the Steam eRead’s 'Some Like it Hot' Romance Writing competition held earlier this year. It was published by Steam eReads on 28 November 2013.

Upcoming novels are set in eras from Anglo-Saxon England to 1920s outback Australia.

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    1. Thank you for coming by Isabella! I appreciate the opportunity to work with you!