Grace Burrowes’ regency romances feature intertwining families and charming characters.
Lady Genevieve Windham doesn’t want to settle down into life as her siblings have – with spouses and children and all that. Nope, she’d much rather paint. Or sketch. Or draw. Or, preferably, all three. But it’s not what a lady’s supposed to want…
Shuttling from home to home as the maiden relative, Jenny gathers the courage to speak out, to make a change to what she sees as a dreary future. Before she can speak out, though, an artist shows up to work on a commission that could gain him admission to the Royal Academy of Artists. So she decides to stay, and help Elijah Harrison with his work.
The interaction between Jenny and Elijah is so normal and equal, you forget that this takes places in regency England – where noble ladies don’t have many options outside of marriage. They get to be well-behaved, quiet-spoken, doting, loving, but professions are frowned upon and single-hood is fodder for the gossip rags. Don’t even go near being in close quarters with a man, unchaperoned, painting.
I liked the chemistry between our main characters – a Burrowes hallmark – and I really enjoyed the nosy siblings and meddling parents. This family is huge, loving, and I want them for my own. (Not that my own family isn’t awesome!)
Pick up Lady Jenny’s Christmas Portrait for a holiday read if you can find a few quiet hours. 🙂
drey’s rating: Pick it up!
Title: Lady Jenny’s Christmas Portrait (Duke’s Daughters #5)
Author: Grace Burrowes
ARC: 362 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks, 2013
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon, The Book Depository
Have you read Lady Jenny’s Christmas Portrait? What did you think?