Sunday’s Child is a historical romance set during the Regency period in England. The novel is comfortable to read, filled with believable characters whose lives become complicated through no fault of their own, even though they must confront and overcome their own adversities. Georgianne is a courageous, spirited heroine who holds to her convictions in order to preserve what matters most to her. Conformity is definitely not one of her qualities, which makes for a well-rounded, interesting heroine. At the same time, Major Rupert Tarrant is steadfast, honorable, and utterly romantic. The mutual need for these characters to marry is what slowly binds them together.
This is another refreshing romance by author Rosemary Morris – easy to read, sweet, and nicely old-fashioned. Excellent writing with clever dialogue are present throughout, as is a compelling storyline. For anyone who loves romances set in the Regency era, this is definitely a lovely novel to settle down with at the end of a hectic day.
When Georgianne, the appealing, enterprising heroine of 'Sunday's Child' first encounters Rupert Tarrant, she is fourteen. Georgianne thinks even then the tall, blond handsome soldier is the kind of man she hopes to marry one day.
At seventeen, when they meet again, Georgianne is in mourning for her brothers and father, lost in the Napoleonic wars. She is now wary of becoming romantically involved with a military man, despite the limited life that an unmarried woman is forced to lead in the 1800s.
However, as the novel superbly shows, a young woman without a father or brother to protect her interests is vulnerable to predatory males. None is more predatory than Lord Pennington, a truly odious Earl, whose relentless pursuit of Georgianne is aided by the conventions and morals of the time.
Rupert Tarrant meanwhile is haunted by the violent death of his betrothed and is torn between remaining single to grieve and marrying to provide an heir to his recently acquired estate.
That Georgianne and Tarrant should marry - she for protection, he for an heir - seems an ideal compromise. But what chance is there for love to grow between them?
This is an flowing romance, full of intrigue and incident, with rich details of Regency fashion, food and furniture. There are frost fairs and Nabobs, Lord Byron's poetry, kidnappers and ruffians, attempted blackmail and a heroine who can shoot.
The whole convenient marriage trope is treated with tender realism. With their careful treatment of each other and their striving to understand their differing experiences, Georgianne and Tarrant thoroughly deserve their eventual happy ever after.
Rosemary Morris delightful series with its heroines born on different days of the week calls to mind one of the fortune-telling songs popular as nursery rhymes. Her Sunday’s Child starts off the collection and is itself a delightful, engaging read. Morris has found the knack for incorporating accurate historical detail as a broad background to her stories without its accuracy detracting from the plot. Her other talent lies in giving her readers heroines who are well-born without being members of the highest echelons of the Ton, yet making the descriptions as rich as the ballrooms over which the grande dames ruled. These heroines are more approachable and those of us who read her works can identify more with them than the spoiled debutantes of those ballrooms. I highly recommend Sunday’s Child and its sequels for entertaining reads that will give you respite from the modern day woes.
The author has a light feel of Regency social mores but also handles the more gritty side of life where their men face the horrors of war, a man can decimate his entire family at the card table and the women are left to pick up the pieces. Georgianne Whitely is presented with all these problems, and more, however she is strong spirited but always maintains her ladylike demeanour whatever the circumstance. A lovely tribute to a past time where life was hard and uncompromising.
Georgianne, on the verge of turning eighteen, is heartbroken after the death of her father and brothers in the war against Napoleon. Her mother becomes an alcoholic, and Georgianne worries over the welfare of her younger sisters. When the elderly Earl of Pennington pushes himself on her, demanding she become his wife, she is rescued by the handsome ex-soldier, Major Rupert Tarrant. Tarrant sees the pretty young woman's distress and offers his protection, leading to a marriage proposal. Tarrant has suffered in love, his woman raped by French soldiers, and dying in childbirth. He fears Georgianne might also die if she becomes with child. A marriage of convenience, Georgianne still hopes her new husband will grow to love her. She's grateful to him for the care he provides for her sisters, but she wants more: affection. Tarrant is drawn to his unexpected wife, and fights back his urge to make her his. With Pennington still hovering in the background, making threats, can these two ever find love? Morris writes with confidence, and uses the slang and customs of the Regency era to anchor the reader in place. The story starts out a little slow, but picks up speed. Pennington is over the top as a villain; however, his antics keep you guessing. A sweet romance full of Regency details.
This book was my first exposure to the Regency period in print and so I was really captivated by the wonderful descriptions of the clothes and the amazing details of language and behaviour. Georgianne Whitley, the main character, is only 18 years old but already she is exhibiting a strength of character and behaviour of a mature adult. She must fight to survive and watch over her younger sisters and widowed mother. Ms. Morris can really create nasty villains who come to life before your eyes. And Major Tarrant, of course, will rival any romantic hero of our time. The twists and turns of the plot, the misunderstandings and the simmering emotions lurking just beneath the surface of the two main characters, keep you reading to the end and never wanting it to finish. I understand there will be more in this series. I can't wait! I give it five stars all the way. Super book, well-crafted, wonderful descriptions, very intricate plot and amazingly accurate language of the time. I can't recommend this book enough. You'll love it! V. L. Murray