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This is the first Collette Cameron book I've read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked it because the heroine wasn't a total ditz and she wasn't a mean girl. She was just normal. I'm getting REALLY tired of authors trying to portray strong women, but all they accomplish is writing women that no one would want to be friends with, let alone build a life with. They are just so mean! And since when is selfish a synonym for strong? Anyway...this book is not like that. Brette is relatable.
A couple of disclaimers up front: a) It is the 3rd book of a continuing series. Though it works as a stand-a-lone, it would have been much better if I'd previously read the first 2 books in the series. Also b) I received this book in audio format in exchange for a fair and honest review.
This book has 2 concurrent plots. The first is the sudden, unexpected and life changing news that Brette has received an inheritance from her natural father. So not only is she an heiress, but she is illegitimate! So her sisters are her cousins, and suddenly she is a social pariah. Her world is totally turned upside down. Brette goes on a voyage of discovery, forging new family ties and in the process making a new identify for herself.
The second running plot revolves around Alex Hawksworth the vicar, who is in love with Brette. He's never had enough money to be able to support a wife, so Brette is beyond his touch. This plot point seemed VERY weak to me. In every Regency book and movie I've ever read or seen, vicars are gentry, they receive a home provided by the parish and depending on their connections, can obtain more lucrative "livings". I find it hard to believe that Alex, with his connections, cannot obtain a lucrative enough living to support a wife. I suppose it depends on the picture he has in his head on the type of home he wants to provide and whether or not that's realistic.
Now, Alex suddenly finds himself inheriting the Earldom of Wickham due to the previous Earl dying in a house fire. There's only one problem...Alex is the #1 suspect in the murder!!
So, there are mysteries to solve: Were Brette's parent's married? Who killed the previous Lord Wickham? Who's trying to kidnap Brette? Will Alex be able to convince Brette that he loves her and she'd make a great countess?
This complicated plot could have become very disjointed, especially for a first time reader. But Collette Cameron's delicate touch kept me captivated, wanting to continuously know what happened next. I'm definitely going to go back and read the first 2 books of this series!
If you could sum up Brette: Intentions Gone Astray in three words, what would they be?
Delightful. Humorous. Lovely.
What other book might you compare Brette: Intentions Gone Astray to and why?
I would compare the character of Brette to Jane Austen's Emma.
What does Stevie Zimmerman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
That delicious British accent.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
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This audiobook was delightful! The story is lovely, as is Collette Cameron's main character, BRETTE. She reminds me a bit of Jane Austen's Emma, and not just in her desire to be a matchmaker, but in her charm, confidence, and general way she maintains control of her own life and choices. She does what she believes is the right thing for those she loves.
Alexander "Hawk" Hawksworth was also easy to admire. He claims roguish ways that he feels make him ill-suited to be a rector, but is in fact kind, humble, and quietly seeing to the needs of the class fortunate. Oh, and quite in love with the incomparable Miss Brette Culpepper, no matter her station. If only she would believe his feelings were true.
Fun love story. Great characters. Humorous dialogue. A little danger. And narrated with a delicious British accent that makes it just so much more authentic and enjoyable. 4.5 stars
~Complimentary audiobook received from a giveaway. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.