To Win a Viscount by Frances Fowlkes #Review
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About the Book
Title: To Win a Viscount (Daughters of Amhurst #2)
Author: Frances Fowlkes
Genre: Historical Romance
England, 1820. To gain a certain marquess’s notice, Lady Albina Beauchamp aims to win the derby. What she hadn’t planned for is the price handsome Mr. Edmund White asks in payment to train her to race: each lesson for a kiss.
A first place finish isn’t the only thing worth racing for
Lady Albina Beauchamp is in love with the Marquess of Satterfield. Unfortunately, his only interest is in horses, and doesn’t know she exists. But when the marquess confesses he will bestow his undying admiration on the jockey racing the winning horse at Emberton Derby, Albina sets out to win his affections by training to race.
Mr. Edmund White is a master groomsmen for the Earl of Amhurst in line for a viscountcy, should he abandon his passion for horses and become a respectable sheep owner. But horses are his love–until he meets Lady Albina and her silly notions of racing. When she affirms she will enter the derby with or without his assistance, Edmund not only instructs his student in racing, but seduction as well.
For Albina, a first place finish isn’t the only thing at stake. She must decide whether to take her place in society…or follow her heart and love a groom.
4.5 heart-pounding hearts
Albina is not like her sisters, she will not accept others making decisions for her. She has her heart set on the Marquess of Satterwhite and she aims to make him her husband. Unfortunately he seems to still be holding a torch for her older sister, her very married older sister who is married to the current Earl of Amhurst. The Marquess’s only other passion that Albina seems to see would be that of horses. She picks up on a comment that he makes that he would respect the jockey that wins the derby coming up in six weeks. Fortunately for Albina and her father’s love for her passions when he was alive, she was an excellent horsewoman, she just needs practice. She’s sure she can get all the kinks out and perfect her technique as well as convince the Earl to let her race. All she needs is the Marquess to respect her and that can turn to love right? All her plans have huge, gaping holes in them. The groom is tough to get by, but he lets her ride one of the horses and tells her if she beats him, he will plead her case to the Earl. She doesn’t, her pride gets in the way. But something about her has Mr White asking her back to practice and Albina doesn’t know why, but she doesn’t question it too much. She has too much riding on the coaching he’s offering her to question his motives, but who really has the high stakes in this race? In the weeks of practice, Albina is chaning and not just in her form.
***Reviewer for Romance Authors that Rock***
After viewing her all-time favorite love story, “Anne of Green Gables”, at the impressionable age of ten, Frances Fowlkes has been obsessed with affable boy-next door heroes, red-heads, and romance stories with lots of “highfaluting mumbo jumbo” written within their pages. It only seems natural then that she married the boy who used to pull on her curls in her high school English class, had not one, but THREE red-headed boys, and penned multiple love stories with bits of flowery prose.
When not writing, Frances loves spending time with her family, fangirling, and planning her next vacation.
Frances Fowlkes, originally a northern mid-westerner, now lives in the southeast with her ardent hero of a husband, three playful and rambunctious boys, and one spoiled standard poodle.
A self-professed Anglophile and summa cum laude graduate of LeTourneau University, Frances Fowlkes combines her passion for happily-ever-afters with her interests in both American and English histories.
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