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Fantastic Book! Definitely a keeper!
on 29 October 2012
This is the first book in the Spindle Cove series by Tessa Dare, and also the first book I've read by her.
Spindle Cove is a place run by Miss Susanna Finch, where young ladies can go to let off some steam, and not worry about their lives. The people there all have their own reasons being there, and Susanna takes care of them all, with the help of her friend Miss Kate Taylor, who is the female protagonist in book 3 (someone I'm dying to read about after the synopsis). Anyway, this is about book 1, with Susanna and Bram.
The story begins with Lieutenant Colonel Victor 'Bram' Bramwell returning from war with fellow comrades, his cousin Colin Sandhurst, Lord Payne and the dark and quiet Corporal Samuel Thorne. They have orders to gather a militia at Spindle Cove. But when a herd of sheep block their path, they debate how to get past. Perhaps they could scare them...
Susanna, meanwhile, is trying to convince Mrs Highwood to permit her three daughters, Diana, Minerva and Charlotte, to stay at Spindle Cove. But a loud bang interrupts them. Susanna goes to investigate, and this is where she is pushed out of harm's way by Bram, but he lands on top of her. He can't help but kiss her, and from then on, there is a mutual attraction. But this is tested when Susanna learns of Bram's plans for her respectful ladies haven. However, Bram is adamant that no-one, not even the beautiful Susanna, will stand in his way.
Bram meets her father, who he already knows. He tells Bram due to his part in the Peninsula War, he's been awarded the title of the Earl of Rycliff. Bram isn't eager for the title, and carries on gathering the few men there are in the village to make his militia. Susanna isn't happy at his interference, but the longer they spend together, the closer she and Bram get. Can they put aside their opinions and be together?
Overall, the book was fantastic. Bram is a character you really fall for. He's been wounded in the war, and now has a limp, yet it's touching when you see Susanna going out of her way to help him, even if he makes it difficult for her, because of his pride. Bram learns of Susanna's own scars, and why she's been single all of this time. Both were dynamic, engaging characters, and a joy to read about.
Not sure why he's never called Victor and always called Bram. Perhaps he doesn't like his name, but it's something I did wonder throughout the story, but never learned the reason why.
On now with book 2, with Colin and Minerva.