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Shortly after the death of her parents in a carriage accident, beautiful 19-year-old heiress, Amalie Bouchard, asks to live with her Uncle Edward March until she reaches the age of 21. Henrietta March is not eager for Amalie to move in with them because her beauty will hinder her daughters, Judith and Annabelle's, chances of finding suitable marriage prospects. Amalie easily wins the family over with her kindness, thoughtfulness, and generosity. Amalie remodels Edward March's modest home and builds her Aunt Henrietta a conservatory to repay them for their kindness. After the remodeling is done, Henrietta decides to have a dinner party to show off her home. She invites Leopold Blakeley, a confirmed bachelor who owns a castle in Hertfordshire, England. She thinks he would be a good match for Amalie, who has adamantly stated she will never get married. The dinner party does not go as Henrietta planned when Amalie and Leopold become defensive and rude because they think the other is only interested in their money. Does Amalie adapt to life in London and find true love? Read Loving Leopold by Diane Coia Ramsay to find out.
This romantic historical-fiction book has many outstanding aspects to it. Diane Cola Ramsay has developed the characters so well that I could feel their love, moodiness, jealousy, fear, wealth, and frustrations. She has brought many facts about the historical period forward and revealed their intolerances. For example, men are always in charge of finances, and women do not get pregnant before marriage. On the other hand, she showed tolerance in what was considered an immoral relationship. This book brought out many of my emotions because I understood what each character was going through. I understood Blanche's jealousy of Amalie, and I had to laugh when Mr. March would hide in his study to get away from the women and any chaos in his home.
This book has absolutely no negative aspects. The plot is well written, flows smoothly, and is free of errors. I look forward to reading more about these strong women and their families in the sequels Diane Coia Ramsay is writing.
I gladly give this exceptionally well-edited book 4 out of 4 stars. It would be an injustice to do otherwise.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance or historical-fiction books. There is only mild profanity and no descriptive sexual scenes. I will caution readers that the book does contain lesbian love and minor religious discussions.
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