My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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The Baron and The Enchantress is book #3 in The Enchantresses series by Paullett Golden but it can be read as a standalone as I never felt like missing much except for some backstory with the main character’s brother.
Lilith Chambers has grown up an orphan but circumstances have changed for her after the discovery of her true parentage. Working as a midwife and a teacher for orphans has given her a sense of purpose and an ambition to belong to the simple life that she is accustomed to. However, being the sister of an earl has its own trials.
Walter Hobbs, Baron Collingwood when introduced was a character that I was not too impressed with. The first part of the story shows his directionless attitude to life with no command as to how he wants his life to shape up except for a burning desire to make a mark.
The story is slow-paced which kind of spoiled the fun for me but the author has really focused on the dilemma that these 2 characters has to waddle thru before the HEA can be achieved. It is so true that Love is only the beginning but marriage is the real test. Lilith keeps wavering between her simple wishes and her status as an unacceptable baroness and her prejudices against the upper crust. In fact, a major chunk of the book is her being adamant that all the titled lords and ladies are arrogant and conceited.
It was refreshing to see how the author has used the differences in class in the regency era to show the problems faced by Lilith as she grapples with belonging neither here nor there and in so many ways it holds true even today, resonant with women trying to identify their worth. The change in Walter from the prim and proper ‘not a hair out of place’ gentleman to someone who finds joy gardening or frolicking was lovely to read.
Definitely not a fast paced read but a historical romance story with brilliant writing that will cause some introspection.
Lilith Chambers’ quiet life as a parish midwife shatters when the brother thought responsible for her death discovers she’s alive and well. Having been raised in an orphanage, she has few memories of her real parentage or the circumstances of her disappearance from the life she ought to have. As she reorients herself in a new life, she meets the one man she can’t have.
Walter Hobbs, Baron Collingwood, is struggling to assume the mantle of his untimely inheritance. Then he meets Lilith Chambers, the long-lost daughter of the 15th Earl of Roddam. He is struck by love at first sight. She is everything he could ever want in a woman, except for two inconveniences: she is illegitimate, and she wants nothing to do with him.
This is the love story of Walter and Lilith as they discover themselves through each other.
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