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Review: The Quizzing-Glass Bride by Hayley Ann Solomon

Posted April 3, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Warning: This review contains spoilers!

When Lady Fern Reynolds confided in a sympathetic houseguest that she was considering running away to London to escape betrothal to an unknown suitor, she did not expect him to offer her shelter. And she certainly did not imagine tumbling for him, the Viscount Sandford. But that was the least of her surprises, as she discovered the wedding was to go on as planned–and her groom was strangely familiar. . .

Lady Fern isn’t exactly happy when her parents tell her that she is to marry the Marquis of Warwick. She met the man years ago and had a crush on him (that she thought was love) but she’s a bit peeved that the man would talk to her parent and arrange everything without even talking to her or courting her.

Now her parents have invited the man to dinner and Fern’s mother has trussed Fern up to look ridiculous. Not only that but she won’t allow Fern to wear her spectacles and frankly Fern can’t see a thing.

While the Marquis of Warwick tries to be charming he knows that there’s something off about the way that Lady Fern is acting. She is rude to him but he actually likes her chutzpah. She makes a fool of herself and can’t even see what the man looks like compared to what he looked like the first time she met him.

The next day Fern is convinced that the Marquis is going to cancel the marriage contracts but is saved from her despair by a lovely gentleman who comes to call on her father. The Viscount Sandford is a wonderful man and Fern eventually tells him her woes and fears. She states she wants to run away from the Marquis and the viscount agrees to help her.

The viscount takes Fern to his London home and hires her on as his page (although that is horribly outdated as Fern tells him). Before the night is over, however, Fern sees the mistake she’s made but she decides it’s a good mistake in the end.

This was a cute story. I thought it was horrible of Fern’s mother to make her leave her spectacles off when she knew her daughter was completely blind without them. I realize that they were thought to be quite horrid back then and really not accepted in the ballroom but this was the man that had already offered for her daughter – didn’t he deserve to see the real Fern? I guess her mother didn’t see it that way.

The dinner with the Marquis was quite funny, actually. Fern was trying her best but couldn’t see a thing. She tripped and played the harp horribly and just made all sorts of mistakes. I loved the Marquis for thinking that they were actually cute mistakes rather than thing Fern was a bumbling idiot.

If you didn’t figure it out from the blurb that Viscount Sandford WAS the Marquis of Warwick let me just tell you it is was. Rick (which was short for Ricardo but he told her that it was short for Eric) was a kind man but I couldn’t help thinking that he was taking her reputation very lightly. Ok, yes, he was already going to marry her but if word of her antics had gotten out her rep would have been in the trash.

I felt the characters were made to be overly dramatic for the situation but as Fern was so young (I don’t think we’re ever told how young but she was pretty immature) I guess that kind of went hand in hand – drama and age. Overall a cute book just a bit too over the top for me.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Hayley Ann Solomon

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What I Read Last Week

Posted April 1, 2013 by Tracy in Features | 3 Comments


The fact that I’m typing this is proof that I survived last week. It was close but I did it. I did wake up with a sore throat and slight cold yesterday so my body is trying to fight back for running it ragged. Oh well, at least I’m still up and kicking which is always a good thing in my book. 🙂

My youngest daughter loved all of your kind words about her black belt. She has decided, after a bit of thought, that she will be continuing on. We’re gonna play it by ear to see if she’ll actually stay until she gets her second dan (2nd degree black belt). Right now she’s going for another year and we’ll go from there. I’m actually happy she’s continuing because I think it does her good both mentally and physically and teaches her a lot about discipline that she then applies to her every day life. 

Here are a couple of pictures of my girls in their Easter dresses that my sister sent them:

I do have to apologize for ignoring the blog last week and I haven’t been blog hopping in so damn long either I’m not sure I remember how! lol I’ll try to do better this week and in the future.

On to what I read last week:

First on my list for the week was Ride With Me by Ruthie Knox. This was a great story about a man and a woman biking across America and eventually falling in love. You can read more about the story and my review here. 4 out of 5 

Next was a novella called The Quizzing Glass Bride by Hayley Ann Solomon. This was the story of a woman who is pledged to marry a man she’s only met a couple of times. It contains a serious case of mistaken identity and…well, you’ll just have to read my review later this week. 🙂

Cutest Couple by Kate Davies was my next read. This novella is about Marc and Bree who haven’t seen each other in 10 years but were once voted Cutest Couple. That was long ago and now they have a lot to talk about after not speaking for so long, including talking about the son that Marc didn’t know he had. I’ll post my review later this month. 3.5 out of 5 

Josh of the Damned Triple Feature #2: The Final Checkout by Andrea Speed continues the story of Josh Caplan and his crazy life working at the Quik-Mart. In this novella he gets to fight all sorts of interesting beings that all hate him for one reason or another. I’ll post my review for this one later this month as well. 3.5 out of 5

Last for the week was The Devil’s Heart by Cathy Maxwell that wraps up The Chattan Curse series. I didn’t actually read the first few books in the series but this one was a decent stand alone. It told the story of Lady Margaret Chattan who is determined to stop the curse that is killing her brothers by heading to Scotland and dealing with the Macnachtan family herself. She doesn’t plan on falling for the Macnachtan Laird, however, and that puts a whole new twist on the curse. It was a decent book that was a bit heavy on the paranormal for my liking (I’m not a HUGE fan of historical paranormal stories) but it was a good book. 3.5 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Fool’s Gold by Cassandra Dean

Happy Reading! 

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