May 7, 2019

The Bluestocking by Christi Caldwell Review

The Bluestocking
Wicked Wallflowers #4
By Christi Caldwell
Release Date: May 7th, 2019
Montlake Romance
Source: ARC provided by the publisher

Two damaged hearts learn there’s a fine line between love and hate in a Wicked Wallflowers novel from USA Today bestselling author Christi Caldwell.

Gertrude, the eldest Killoran sister, has spent a lifetime being underestimated—especially by her own family. She may seem as vulnerable as a kitten, but given the chance, she can be as fierce as a tiger. Her adopted brother, Stephen, has just been snatched back by his true father, and she’ll be damned if she relinquishes the boy to the man reviled throughout London as the Mad Marquess.

Still haunted by a deadly tragedy that left him publicly despised, Lord Edwin holds only hatred for the Killorans—the people he believes kidnapped his son. And not one of them will ever see the boy again. But when Gertrude forces her way into the household and stubbornly insists that she remain as Stephen’s governess, Edwin believes he may have found someone madder than himself.

With every moment he shares with the tenderhearted Gertrude, Edwin’s anger softens into admiration…and more. Is it possible that the woman he loathed may be the only person who can heal his broken soul?

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

I feel like I have been waiting for this book forever! Which I know is a very bold statement, but from the moment I started The Bluestocking, it was that "at last" feeling that is hard to describe, but there is part of a sentence that moved me more than I can say 

"...and let go of the last shred of hatred that had held him ensnared. He was free.' 

The Bluestocking is about 3 broken people, and while the love story is only "technically" about  2 of them, it truly is a 3 person tale. There is Lord Edwin; the villain of the peace, but a man devastated by the murder of his wife, the kidnap of his young son, and the publicly vilified. Then there is Gertrude Killoran, the daughter of the man who stole children, and put them to work in his den of thieves, but Gertrude had not had an easy life, or a pain free one, and was often dismissed as a useful member of the family, even after her tormentor of a father had been killed, her loving family babied her. But know Gertrude knew what she had to do, and she was going to make sure she did what was necessary in order to protect her family. And finally Stephan, who was raised by the Killoren's and has no idea how he is supposed to act in a world that is so foreign to what he knows, but Stephen has his own sense of justice, which means that he cannot be left on his own, and The Bluestocking is about when these two worlds collide! 

There has always been something about Christi Caldwell’s writing that has brought me peace…and tears as well, but mainly that sense of peace. Her books are like old friends, even the newly released ones. And while I’m suffering from historical romance fatigue, that will never stop me from picking up this authors books. Why? Because her books are fresh, because she doesn’t shy away from giving her characters disabilities, something that many of her peers will shy away from, and she doesn’t just skim over them, but delves deep, as only a mother with a special child can, and that is what makes Christi Caldwell a truly outstanding author. 

There is only one score I can ever give The Bluestocking and that is 5 stars! 

USA Today Bestselling author, Christi Caldwell blames Judith McNaught's "Whitney, My Love," for luring her into the world of historical romance. While sitting in her graduate school apartment at the University of Connecticut, Christi decided to set aside her notes and try her hand at writing romance. She believes the most perfect heroes and heroines have imperfections and she rather enjoys tormenting them before crafting a well-deserved happily ever after! 

Christi makes her home in Southern Connecticut where she spends her time writing, chasing around her feisty six-year-old son and caring for her twin princesses in training!

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