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- File Size: 508 KB
- Print Length: 145 pages
- Publisher: Clean Reads (24 July 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00E57RR28
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #234,815 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Romance at the Royal Menagerie Kindle Edition
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This was my very first time reading a Regency type romance novel. I will admit I never was sure if I would enjoy them as I am not a huge history person. When Ruth apprached me to ask if I would review this book I thought why not? can't hurt right? So I said yes and here is what I thought about the book.
First off I did have to get used to the way the characters spoke in that time. I am not sure when it was that it took place but it took place in a day with people of Titles and a big "class" separation. Francesca has grown up around cats, BIG cats as her father is a Zoo worker. Her mother left when she was 9 years old, she ran away with a man and not just any man a Earl. This is the backdrop to understand where Francesca's fathers dislike for people/men with a title comes from. Francesca spends her time talking with the cats at the zoo but has to stay on the outside of the cages during the day, at night though she sneaks in to visit her big feline friends.
One day a gentlemen visits the zoo and makes acquaintances with Francesca, they find that they both have a big love for cats and Francesca is there to save Mr. Fairgate when the gate to one cage opens. This storyline is written at a great pace that you get to really know the characters and I felt I was able to form a likeness to Mr. Fairgate (John) and Francesca. They are both sweet mannered and easy to like. Their spark forms at first sight. We later find out that Miss Cartwright wants to marry Mr. Fairgate as they are of the same class and have known each other for many years. Miss Cartwright is not a likable character, she is a snotty gold digger. All she is wanting is to have a man with loads of money. She hates the Zoo and cats.
This is a cute sweet romance with an olden day feel while courting and proper appearances/class are in need. I felt myself falling in love with the main characters and routing for their love. Hoping they can over come the division and find happiness by the end of the book. I was actually sad to put down the book at the end as it would have been interesting to read more about Francesca and John. This book is a must read if you like regency and sweet romances. There isn't any swearing or hot love scenes, just cute innocent love/courtship. It was very well written and I look forward to reading more from Ruth Hartman.
John Fairgate has three rules given to him by his uncle. Inherit the title of baron upon his uncle's death. Give up ornithology. And marry a childhood acquaintance. The first two, John will abide by, but won't like. But the third, marrying a shrew who makes his skin crawl, he simply cannot do. Meeting Miss Francesca Hartwell at the zoo, however, has given him other ideas for a wife. But she's not titled or wealthy. How will he be able to convince his uncle that she's the woman of his heart?
I just read this book by Ruth Hartman and I must say I enjoyed it! It took me back in time and I got to see how Zoo's worked. I enjoyed seeing how Francesca or Franny interacted with the animals and seeing how much they loved her. I know that the way they interacted is highly unlikely but I enjoyed it anyways because books are supposed to stretch the imagination. Franny helps her father take care of the big cats at the London Tower Zoo. When one day John comes to the zoo to look around. She is intrigued by him and gets to know him better with her father's approval. That is until her father learns that he is a soon to be Baron. This story was great I enjoyed getting to see these two people interact all throughout the book and I was so glad when Jezebel Cartwright got put in her place....hated her! Well it was a love hate relationship in the aspect that I loved to hate her. She was a terrible person and deserved everything that happened to her. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys historical romances or stories about cats.
In this book we are introduced to the cat keeper’s daughter, Francesca Hartwell. Her father works at the Tower of London’s Royal Menagerie and she goes there daily to interact with her beloved cats. She has a gift when it comes to animals, especially cats and her days spent with them make her life full.
One day a new visitor to the Tower, Mr. Fairgate, catches the eye of the beautiful, yet down to earth Miss Hartwell. After she rescues him from an uncertain encounter they begin a friendship that is tied tightly with love of animals and each other’s company.
While both are sure that their days would not be the same without the other in it, they are both keeping a part of themselves back. Miss Hartwell is overcoming the sting of loss in her past and Mr. Fairgate is trying to get adjusted to the role that his birthright has borne him to. Caught in world of social classes and expected behavior and responsibilities, Francesca and John will have to see what the future holds for them and the big cats that they both love so much.
What a wonderful story that Ruth has weaved once again in the Regency period. I particularly love that she entangled our characters to another story that she wrote, by having them take a visit to the Regent’s Bird Sanctuary, which is another book I highly recommend.
Enter John Fairgate, raised and groomed by his titled uncle to take his place when he dies. The old man hasn't got much time left and is desperate to see John married to a proper lady before he dies. He's even picked out a lovely trick of a woman for his nephew that John can't stand in the least. When John meets Francesca, sparks fly, but she's definitely NOT a "proper" lady in his uncle's eyes.
Ruth J. Hartman tackles some timeless conflicts like love vs. money while adding her own feline-loving spin into the plot. Francesca's "gift" with the big cats does prove quite handy when a villain tries to sabotage everything. And really, that's the only little criticism I had. The villainry had a lot of potential, but didn't provide quite the oomph that it could have.
Overall, however, this sweet regency romance was the purrfect distraction for a weekend by the pool. I'd recommend it to anyone who loves a quick, non-explicit tale with a feline twist!
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