The Determined Miss Rachel by Laura Rollins
(Daughters of Courage #2)
She wants nothing more than to leave.
He wants nothing more than for her to stay.
Change may be the only constant in life, but for Rachel Chant change has only ever meant loss. First her father passed, then she was forced to leave her mother, and now she has even lost her home. Enough is enough and Rachel determines to find a way to be with her mother once again. She is no longer a little girl, dependent on those charged with her care, and she won’t stand by while her mother slips beyond reputable society and further into poverty.
Christopher Dunn has always lived among the comforts of high society, but never as a true member. The son of a musician and now a tutor, he has long since given up on having a home or family. Change and disruption are a way of life for him. He’s a man without roots, and he’s fine with that. That is, until he meets Rachel.
Steady in the face of uncertainty and with a love of music that runs as deep as his own, Rachel first captures Christopher’s interest and soon afterward his heart. However, Rachel’s determination to return home won’t let her rest. But to return home would be to leave Christopher. Life, it seems, is not yet done taking away those she loves, and this time it just might be more than either of them can endure.
As the second stand-alone novel in a new series by author Laura Rollins, The Determined Miss Rachel continues the Daughters of Courage series. This charming story is a light-hearted, clean and wholesome romance set in the Regency era (think: a clean Bridgerton). All books in this series have their own Happily-Ever-After and can be read apart or enjoyed in proper order.
What I thought
I received a copy of this book from the Author, for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Laura Rollins does not disappoint. This is book 2 in the Daughters of Courage series. These books are Proper Regency Romance books, which means they are clean romance books. These books can be read as stand-alones or in order. Personally I suggest that you read them in order since they are a continued story just focused on different characters. I loved book 1 in this series The Audacious Miss Eliza and really did not think that this book was going to top it. You can find my review here if you are interested.
To be honest I liked the character of Rachel in the first book, however, I was not sure how I was going to feel about a whole book dedicated to her. Well I will be surprised if any of the other books in this series tops this one for me. Rachel is focused on one thing and one thing only, finding out if her mother is okay. Rachel’s uncle keeps telling her that her mother is fine and that she should be focusing on her season, however, that is the last thing that Rachel wants to do.
I really liked how early on in the story Fitzwilliam and Rachel discover that they do not “fit” well and decide to become friends even though they know that the goal of their families is for them to become a match. The ending and what Fitzwilliam does is just perfect. I really want to know more about him in the future.
Christopher is such a loveable person and whether titled or not I wanted the absolute best for him. He and Rachel were just perfect for each other and I think that everyone could see that. I want to gush so much, however I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone. There are so many cute scenes.
When it comes to happily-ever-afters this has got to be one of my favorite endings. All loose ends (some that you may not have even realized) were all tied up perfectly. I really can not wait for the third book to come out in October!
My Rating: /5
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