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Monday, June 1, 2015

Review: Lady Faith Takes a Leap by Maggi Andersen / @TastyBookTours @maggiandersen

Title: Lady Faith Takes a Leap
Series: The Baxendale Sisters, Book 2
Author: Maggi Andersen
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: June 1, 2015
Genre: Historical, Romance
ARC Received From: Tasty Book Tours

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Faith Baxendale has always been a dutiful daughter who wishes to please her father. She doesn’t have an adventurous bone in her body, unlike her younger sister, Hope, gallivanting around Italy with their aunt, nor is she rebellious like her older sister, Honor. And so unlike Charity, who loses herself in creative pursuits. Even Mercy, at fifteen, shows more backbone!

Now Faith’s first Season has ended with no clear choice of a husband, and her father’s patience is wearing thin. He urges her to marry the man of his choice. It doesn’t help when the neighbor’s son, Lord Vaughn Winborne, has returned home for the hunt ball. The black sheep of the family, Vaughn has fascinated Faith since she was in the schoolroom.

Vaughn returns to Brandreth Park, determined to get his life on track. His elder brother, Chaloner, Marquess of Brandreth, still looks upon him as a reckless youth. But Vaughn is now twenty-six and determined to prove Chaloner wrong.

A chance comes in the form of a dire scandal not of his making, and Vaughn must learn to trust Faith who, when it’s all said and done, has always known her own mind.

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I haven't read the first book in this series so I'm not sure if Faith's personality in this book was the same in that book, but I struggled to connect with her. She was incredibly subdued and timid, not at all the heroine I pictured she'd be.

I wanted so badly for her to show some fire, to throw her shoulders back and say exactly what she thought instead of letting people decide for her. I think I'm so used to Regency heroines being outspoken and defiant that I was, I hate to say it, slightly disappointed that Faith wasn't like them.

It took a few readings for me to appreciate Faith's quiet nature. I was happy she held fast to her feelings for Vaughn even when faced with possibility of losing him to another woman. Of course, there was no real threat to her feelings for Vaughn as he was never interested in the other woman except as a friend.

When Vaughn agreed to help his friend, he knew what he his brother Chaloner might think. To be honest, I hated Chaloner's opinion of him. Vaughn didn't come off as irresponsible or reckless to me. I could see how his agreement to help the other woman could be seen as irresponsible and reckless, but if you could see his heart and hear his reasoning you would know that his decision was neither of those things. He had a great heart, a great sense of self, and a selflessness that I wanted his brother to see so badly.

The progression of Vaughn and Faith's relationship was, um, really slow. There was a lot of denial and second guessing but there was also a lot of hope. And this story wasn't really about Faith taking a leap of, well, faith into a relationship with Vaughn. It wasn't about both of them being willing to take that chance and jump into something wonderful.

This is a relatively slow moving romance. If you like that pace, this is right up your alley. If you're into something faster with more willful characters, this probably won't scratch that itch. But it is a good love story about two people who were meant to be together despite what others thought.

Maggi Andersen lives in the countryside outside Sydney, Australia, with her lawyer husband. Her study overlooks the creek at the bottom of the garden where ducks gather. Kookaburras and cockatoos call from the trees. After gaining a BA in English and an MA in Creative Writing, and raising three children, Maggi now indulges her passion for writing.

She writes in several genres, contemporary and historical romances, mysteries and young adult novels. You’ll find adventure and elements of danger in everyone.