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Blog Tour - The Earl's Betrothal


About the book: Wounded both mentally and physically from the Peninsular War in 1812, Anthony returns home to find that his older brother has died, placing Anthony next in line to inherit the estate. But he's not ready for such responsibilities. And when Anthony's dying father pleads with him to marry and produce an heir to preserve the family title, it nearly send Anthony over the edge; nevertheless he dutifully faces a long line of hopeful young ladies who await him. No one grabs his attention, though, like Amelia Clarke, his mother's stunning companion, who is off-limits for the earl. But when Anthony unwittingly puts Amelia in a compromising situation, he dedicates himself to protecting her reputation.

But the horrors Anthony faced while away from home have left him feeling broken and tormented. And Anthony finds himself drawn to Miss Clarke, the only one who can chase away his demons, but he must overcome the hostility of a society driven by class, a jealous duke bent on revenge, and himself—for could Amelia ever really love a haunted man?

My review: This is a great example of a regency romance! I loved the whole thing! 

I loved Amelia, she's working as a companion to Lady Ashworth who has lost both of her sons in the last year and her husband appears to be on his deathbed as well. But fate changes things when Lady Ashworth's second son, Anthony, walks through their door and back into their lives. It seems he wasn't really dead after all. I loved the way Amelia felt an instant attraction to Anthony, but because of her low-born station, she doesn't feel that there's any way that attraction will ever lead to anything else.

Anthony...his character was great as well! I loved that he was able to continue on, even though he was thrust into his older brother's position as soon as he got home from his part of the war. I loved the sweet way he interacts with his parents and the way he treats Amelia from the very beginning. 

And I love the way that their love story comes about, and just how hard the whole thing is for both of them. There were parts that I just wanted to cry because things were so hard for them! Such a great story and book!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: Karen Tuft was born with a healthy dose of curiosity about pretty much everything, so as a child she taught herself to read and play the piano. She studied composition at BYU then graduated from the University of Utah in music theory as a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda honor societies. In addition to being an author, Karen is a wife, mother, pianist, composer, and arranger. She has spent countless hours backstage and in orchestra pits for theater productions along the Wasatch Front. She also has a 75 percent success rate when it comes to matchmaking and is a big believer in happy endings. Among her varied interests, she likes to figure out what makes people tick, wander through museums, and travel—whether by car, plane, or paperback.

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