Book Tour + Review: A Chaotic Courtship by Bethany Swafford

 

We are so excited to have Bethany Swafford back for a tour for her amazing book. We had such a great response to her blitz and every so many reviews coming this week from people excited to read her wonderful book. Come join us on the journey!

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For as long as she can remember, Bethany Swafford has loved reading books. That love of words extended to writing as she grew older and when it became more difficult to find a ‘clean’ book, she determined to write her own. Among her favorite authors is Jane Austen, Sir Author Conan Doyle, and Georgette Heyer. When she doesn’t have pen to paper (or fingertips to laptop keyboard), she can generally be found with a book in hand. In her spare time, Bethany reviews books for a book site called More Than A Review.
 
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Twenty year old Diana Forester, a country bred young woman fears that her inexperience and uncertainties has driven Mr. John Richfield away. On arriving back home from London, she learns that he is already there, ready to continue their acquaintance. If Diana thought that it was difficult in London, courting takes on a whole new aspect when Diana’s younger siblings become involved. She finds herself dealing with her own feelings, her sister, her younger brother, jealous members of a house party, a jilted suitor, and a highwayman as she falls in love with the charming Mr. Richfield.

James raised his eyebrows, a family trait I never realized we all shared until that moment. “I don’t think I have ever seen you look so serious, Diana,” he said in amazement. “You would actually do everything you could to try stopping them, wouldn’t you?” “Try?” I repeated. “Oh, brother of mine, I wouldn’t just ry. I would stop them.” Never let it be said I was not confident. When I had a reason for confidence, at least. I got to my feet.

In historical romance novels, courting is always something this is amazing, eventful, unnerving and momentous to the parties involved. With this novel, Swafford shares the underlying embarrassment and doubt that many women must have faced when asked for their hand in marriage. It is entertaining and quite refreshing to read about self-consciousness and identity crisis when not all novels are anywhere like it. The typical historical romance novel goes something like this—man desires woman, woman desires man, courting begins or they start seeing each other in secret until socially acceptable. The fact that Swafford delves into the woman’s self-worth for how she sees herself is insightful and interesting, even though she has a significant amount of support.

Diana is a brave and young soul, traveling to London for the first time for a musical soiree. Her eyes have been on one gentleman for a while; however, she soon finds out that other women share her interest in the same gentleman. Mr. Richfield seems like a nice and decent man, his head always held high and his reputation of being a good man proceeds him. When he finds interest in Miss Forester—Diana—he can’t seem to be anywhere else. At the musical soiree, he makes his desires known by asking her if he would be welcome at her home, visiting her family. This basically means that he wishes to court her or get to know her much more than already so. Shocked and quite confused, she doesn’t give him the best possible answer—but knows that he may be the worth getting to know when he arrives at her house before she does, weeks later. With strife over a highwayman going around wild, accusations are thrown around loosely but are they true? Can Mr. Richfield be a highwayman—going around and hurting families, taking their jewels to substantiate his own power and wealth?

Swafford has an elegant, swoon-worthy story-line with fantastic character development. It is not hard to become captivated by a few of the characters portrayed to such great extent. This book is fast-paced, making it easy to read. This author provides so much creativity, it is quite contagious. There are a few spelling and grammatical errors throughout the read, but the story-line is solid. Since this is an advanced reader copy, these may have been cleaned up upon further proofreading, but if not, this definitely will not hinder enjoyment of the novel at all. If you are a reader of historical romance and regency novels, you may be quite pleased with this novel.

A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by the Loving the Book, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for A Chaotic Courtship by Bethany Swafford.

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