Monday, August 4, 2014

Finding Miss McFarland Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Finding Miss McFarland book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for copies of the previous books in the series. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Release date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Wallflower Weddings #3

Fans of historical romance authors Lorraine Heath and Sophie Jordan will adore Vivienne Lorret's latest Wallflower Wedding novel.

Delaney McFarland is on the hunt for a husband—preferably one who needs her embarrassingly large dowry more than a dutiful wife. After the unspeakable incident at her debut, Delaney knows marrying for love is off the table, but a marriage of convenience—one that leaves her free to live the life she chooses—is the next best thing, never mind what that arrogant, devilishly handsome Mr. Croft thinks. Delaney plans to marry for money ... or not at all.

Ever since the fiery redhead burst into his life—in a most memorable way—Griffin Croft hasn't been able to get Miss McFarland out of his mind. Now, with the maddening woman determined to hand over her fortune to a rake, Griffin knows he must step in. He must help her. He must not kiss her. But when Griffin's noble intentions flee in a moment of unexpected passion, his true course becomes clear: tame Delaney's wild heart and save her from a fate worse than death ...a life without love.



My Rating: 3 Roses

A light and sweet historical romance, Finding Miss McFarland was a lovely novella. It was a nice romance that I quite enjoyed reading.

Delaney was a good heroine, though she could be frustratingly stubborn. Her whole thing about marrying a fortune hunter to avoid love was irritating and made her actions somewhat baffling. However, she was a strong heroine, so I was okay with her.

Griffin, on the other hand, was very sweet. I loved how doting he was with his sisters and how determined he was to win Delaney over. I absolutely adored him.

The romance was sweet, though not particularly remarkable. They definitely had chemistry together. I thought they were a good couple.

The plot moved quickly and the story was enjoyable. Overall, this was a lovely novella that I quite liked. Romance lovers, if you want a nice, quick read, you might want to check this book out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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Excerpt:

If nothing else, her father’s fortune guaranteed a grand debut. That alone would earn her a few marriage proposals by the end of the Season. No matter what she might wish otherwise, she was under no delusion that her appeal was greater than her dowry. Even a premier beauty like her mother had gained a husband who’d only wanted her fortune. Delaney could not hope for more. Or should not, rather. 

The next hour was a blur of introductions. All in all, she received verbal invitations to eight dinners, five balls, three opera performances, and a standing invitation for walks in the park—the last of which came from her trio of new friends. Of all the invitations, the final one from Penelope, Emma, and Merribeth had felt the most sincere to Delaney. They greeted her with genuine smiles and even laughed at how they’d met mere hours ago. And what were the chances that they would all happen to live on Danbury Lane and share an interest in needlework? 

Well . . . at least the three of them shared an interest in needlework. However, since friends had not always been easy to come by—and keep—Delaney vowed to put every ounce of effort she possessed into finding an interest in needlework. 

Too soon, her father moved her away from her new friends. It was time to greet her mother’s cousin and her eldest daughter, who’d had her own debut a week ago. Neither Edwina nor Elena Mallory possessed the bright golden beauty of Delaney’s mother’s side of the family. They were dark featured with narrow noses that appeared pinched, as if they’d caught a whiff of spoiled milk. Of course, Delaney knew she was being uncharitable, but the truth was, her cousins had earned her censure over the years. She didn’t dare let down her guard with these two. Elena stepped forward and looped her arm through Delaney’s. 

“Come,” she said as she urged Delaney to one of the settees lining the outer rim of the ballroom. “I will give you the perfect excuse to rest for a moment.” 

But Delaney didn’t need to rest. In fact, she always had too much energy to expend. “I really should stay with my father until we’ve greeted all the guests.”

 “Nonsense. We’ll only take a moment.” Elena reached toward a mahogany wine table for a crystal cup of pale lemon punch with a single raspberry floating on top. “Here. You must be thirsty after so many introductions.”

 “Thank you.” She was thirsty. Between the chandeliers and the dozens of bodies in a single space, the room was rather warm. She took a grateful swallow, draining nearly half the cup. Then she puckered. This punch was far too sour. The tartness lingered unpleasantly on the back of her tongue. Her cousin leaned forward and took the cup, placing it onto the table for her. 

“I imagine it’s especially difficult for you.” Delaney heard the sly inflection in her tone but tried to pretend otherwise. 

“Oh?” 

“With so much of society here because of your father’s fortune,” Elena clarified, as if not wanting to veil the insult. “Then again, that is the way of things with your side of the family. All the men marry for money. It would be impossible for you to tell a genuine friend from an enemy or if a man were interested in you or in your dowry. But I’m sure you’ve already fretted over it, since you’ve had those additional years before your debut.”
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Giveaway:
Up for grabs are e-copies of Daring Miss Danvers and Winning Miss Wakefield, the previous book in the series.
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About the Author:

I fell in love with fairy tales and the romance behind happily ever after at a very young age. Like a lot of you, I tweaked the fables bit by bit in my imagination until they suited me perfectly. By the time I was eleven, a teacher encouraged me to start writing.

Throughout the years that followed, my teachers remained my most fervent supporters, giving me the tools I needed to continue my journey as a writer.

My husband and I have two teenage boys, who are heroes in their own right. For now, we live in a small Midwestern town near Lake Michigan...until a time in the future when a new adventure calls us to other shores.

I am currently working on my next novel, but I always enjoy hearing from my readers. Feel free to email me at vivienne@vivlorret.net


5 comments:

  1. Thank you for hosting today, Farrah! :)

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  2. Thank you for hosting today!

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  3. No not yet. I haven't read any yet, but I would like to. Thank you

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  4. Marnie Davis WardAugust 8, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    My favorite wall flower wedding book is the "Willed To Wed" by Wilma Counts. I like it because she had to marry a stranger and with that all the stuff that would come with marrying someone who didn't know and not knowing he was not such a good guy made for strange bed fellows.

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  5. nope, don't think i've read any yet

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