About the Book:
Title: To Win Her Hand
Author: Jen Geigle-Johnson
Series: A Gentleman’s Match #1
Page Length: 272
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Inspirational Fiction
Publication Date: Dec. 15, 2022
Publisher: King’s Row Press
Synopsis: An expert at winning a woman’s hand. A woman who cannot be won.
Lord Featherstone has the world on his shoulders. Or at least his world. With two brothers and a failing estate he must make funds somehow. But what happens when he falls for a woman? Will his tactics work when the situation is so close and personal?
Everyone thinks Lady Loveluck is a wealthy widow. What they don’t know is that she is on the brink of hiring herself out as a Governess in order to pay for her next meal. The only thing keeping her from employment is a growing reputation as a matchmaker. As long as she never falls for another man, as long as she doesn’t allow herself to be fooled into marrying, she will be just fine.
But she never counted on being caught up in the beguiling tactics of London’s renowned and not so secret matchmaker for men.
This was such a fun, charming, and unique Regency romance. The story follows rival matchmakers Lord Featherstone and Lady Loveluck. Both are discrete and obtain their clients by word of mouth, and both are struggling to keep their crumbling estates afloat. They are such interesting characters, and I’m pretty sure I’ve never read a regency romance with a male and female matchmaker. It makes for an interesting dynamic, especially since they keep bumping into each other with their respective clients.
Lord Featherstone is so charismatic, gregarious, and gentlemanly, and he is enamored by Lady Loveluck. His feelings for her are super swoon-worthy, and I love how he works to show her he is different from others. Lady Loveluck is reserved and hesitant and for good reason. I found their relationship interesting because they are both so confident and sure when instructing others in the ways of courting, romance, and love. However, in their personal lives, things are much different. Both have given up on the chance for love, and both have reservations, especially Lady Loveluck.
The pair has the best banter, and I really enjoyed when they battled wits. They complement each other well, and they have a ton of chemistry. I also love when they advise their clients. Though they’re both matchmakers, their views on courting and attracting someone are vastly different, and some of the conversations are downright comical. There’s one particular scene between Featherstone and his client that had me laughing out loud.
The house party aspect of the story was great too. I always enjoy a house party in historical romances. They seem like so much fun, and it gives the characters a less formal place to really get to know each other. It also gives us an up-close look at some of the secondary characters, some of whom I think will be the focus of future books in the series. I can’t wait to read their love stories!
Thanks so much to Austenprose PR for having me on the tour and providing me with a copy of the book. All thoughts are my own.
Jen Geigle Johnson is an award-winning author, including the GOLD in Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards and LDSPMA Praiseworthy’s top award for Romance,
Jen has more stories circulating in her brain than can possibly be told. She discovered her passion for England while kayaking on the Thames near London as a young teenager. History is her main jam. Her literary heroes include the greats: Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. But she has modern sensibilities as well.
Six children and an inspiring husband keep her going and make certain she doesn’t stay glued to a keyboard or lost in obscure fascinating details of old castles.
Now, she loves to share bits of history that might otherwise be forgotten. Whether in Regency England, the French Revolution, or Colonial America, her romance novels are much like life is supposed to be: full of adventure.
PRAISE FOR TO WIN HER HAND:
- “I loved the character growth, watching them learn more about the other’s heart and hardships, and the realization that perhaps they had more choices than they first thought. Such a sweet regency. I’m so grateful I had the chance to read this one.”— Makayla Branson, Reading Past Bedtime
- “The house party, the quiet moments, the collection of other characters, and much more all combined together made this is delightful read.”— Julie Carpenter, Goodreads
- “Two matchmakers with a wager. What fun for all! [A] heart touching story.”— Shauna Jones, Goodreads