Jan 20, 2021

A Groom of Her Own by Christi Caldwell Review

A Groom of Her Own
Scandalous Affairs #1
By Christi Caldwell
Release Date: January 12th, 2021
Source: ARC provided by the Author

Years earlier, young noblemen were ripped away from the folds of their powerful families, and forced into a dark existence on the streets. When these lost lords of London were restored to their rightful place among Polite Society, they weren't the only ones whose lives were irrevocably changed. Innocent ladies now pay the price of their families trickery and cheating...

A Lady Lost
A family scandal has left artist Claire Poplar without friends, suitors, or means. Art is her only joy and respite, despite her talent being mocked by famed artist Caleb Gray. On an impulse, knowing there is no way back to the life she had before, Claire decides on her own path. A path that will see her wed, and no longer a financial burden and spinster poor relation. The wedding may be a business arrangement, but it will give Claire freedom and stability away from the prying eyes and censure of society.

An Artist with a Dark Past
American artist Caleb Gray hates all things English. Impressed into the British Navy against his will, Caleb lost everything. His past has left him cold, unfeeling, and jaded. Using the ice in his veins, Caleb has built a career as a renowned artist, letting his feelings take shape in his paintings and nowhere else. Now, an English inheritance offers Caleb a chance to devote himself entirely to his painting and to his travels. He’ll find a biddable English wife to manage his estate for him, and save his passion for his art. Caleb’s plan is in motion until his nemesis Claire Poplar happens to upend his world. The woman, who's been an adversary from the start, will have him hungering to kiss her and imagining...even more.

Will Claire and Caleb pursue their art or listen to the wisdom of the heart?

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

Claire Popular's life was torn apart when scandal rocked her family, leaving her with no one. Her one joy in life was her art, but she craved the help of a tutor and the one she wants is celebrated American artist Caleb Grey, the one person who seems to hate her the most in the world.

I will have to admit that I struggled with Caleb's character in the very beginning, his hateful manner towards Claire seems extreme, but the more I got into the story, the more I grew to appreciate him and everything he had suffered, and by the end of the book, I was crying along with Claire.

As I have said many a time before, Christi Caldwell doesn't write the common historical romance, she writes the books that we didn't know we needed in our lives, she writes for the spectrum of abilities, for beyond the bounds of social hierarchy, and opens your eyes and helps you to fall in love.

I give A Groom of Her Own 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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