Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Unexpected Earl by Philippa Jane Keyworth

02_The Unexpected Earl 

Publication Date: September 20, 2014 | Madison Street Publishing | Formats: eBook, Paperback

Genre: Historical Fiction/Regency/Romance

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From the author of the widely acclaimed The Widow's Redeemer, comes a new Regency romance from Philippa Jane Keyworth.

Six years after being jilted without a word of explanation, Julia Rotherham finds Lucius Wolversley standing before her once again–unexpected, unannounced, unwelcome. With her heart still hurting and, more importantly, her pride, Julia must chaperone her younger sister, fend off fortune hunters, orchestrate a fake engagement, and halt an elopement–all whilst keeping the man who jilted her at arm’s length. But what Julia doesn’t know is that this time, the Earl has no intention of disappearing, and this time, he has more than an explanation to offer…
My review:
Three Stars
Copy received from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours
I really enjoy historical romances and "The Unexpected Earl" by Philippa Jane Keyworth was no exception.  Keyworth kept me interested in the storyline with the persistent question, why did Wolversley break off his engagement to Julia?  The characters were fun and endearing.  When Wolversley shows up at Julia's sister coming out ball both are surprised to see each other but even more surprised to discover that they both still have lingering feelings for each other.  Julia for her part refuses to let Wolversley "dupe" her once again and goes out of her way to be rude to him and show him that she has moved on, even by pretending a romantic relationship with one of her friends.  Wolversley convinces himself that he is happy for Julia but always seems to find a reason to speak with her alone and tries to find out about her supposed love interest, of course he comes up short and convinces himself that Julia needs his help with her new love interest.

Overall, this was a fun and sweet read.  Both characters were very kind and much of their communication was based on misunderstandings and not wanting to be rejected.  Anyone that is looking for a charming historical romance will enjoy this book.  The main characters and secondary characters were equally interesting.  Keyworth's writing was also very good because she kept the mysterious break up between Julia and Wolversley interesting throughout the story.  

About the Author

03_Philippa Jane KeyworthPhilippa Jane Keyworth, known to her friends as Pip, has been writing since she was twelve in every notebook she could find. Originally trained as a horse-riding instructor, Philippa went on to become a copywriter before beginning a degree in History. A born again Christian, Philippa lives in the south of England with her handsome husband.

Philippa has always written stories and believes that, since it is one of her loves and passions, she always will. In her early writing career, she dabbled in a variety of genres, but it was the encouragement of a friend to watch a film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice that began her love affair with the British Regency. Since then, she has watched every Regency film and TV series she could get her hands on and become well acquainted with Georgette Heyer’s novels which gave her the inspiration to write her own.

Both as a reader and a writer, Philippa believes it is important to escape into a world you yourself would want to live in. This is why she writes stories that will draw you into the characters’ joys and heartaches in a world apart from our own. Her debut novel, The Widow’s Redeemer (Madison Street Publishing, 2012), is a traditional Regency romance bringing to life the romance between a young widow with an indomitable spirit and a wealthy viscount with an unsavory reputation. The novel has been received well by readers and reviewers who have praised the heartfelt story and admirable characters. Her second novel, The Unexpected Earl (Madison Street Publishing, 2014), explores another romance in the Regency era when an impetuous young woman has her life turned upside down by the reappearance of the earl who jilted her six years ago.

So, what are you waiting for? Get swept away into another time with characters you will learn to love, and experience the British Regency like never before.

For more information please visit Philippa Jane Keyworth's website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Also by Philippa Jane Keyworth

The Widow's Redeemer

The Unexpected Earl Blog Tour Schedule

Saturday, September 20
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Monday, September 22
Review at Austenprose
Review at To Read or Not to Read
Review at WTF Are You Reading?

Tuesday, September 23
Review at Bibliophilia, Please
Spotlight & Excerpt at Romantic Historical Reviews

Wednesday, September 24
Review & Interview at Bookish

Thursday, September 25
Review at "Good Friends, Good Books and a Sleepy Conscience: This is the Ideal Life."

Friday, September 26
Review & Interview at Back Porchervations
Spotlight at Princess of Eboli

Sunday, September 28
Review at Book Nerd

Monday, September 29
Review at Mel's Shelves
Review at Based on a True Story
Review at Queen of All She Reads

Tuesday, September 30
Review at A Library of My Own

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