A Regency Family Saga of Love and War

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
485 Pages
Reviewed on 08/08/2023
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Author Biography

Beatrice Knight is an author of historical fiction and non-fiction, and founder of the All Things Regency research blog, which is quoted by academics, fashion historians, and many online resources. A voracious reader and Jane Austen fan since childhood, she costumed and staged her own adaptation of Pride and Prejudice at age twelve.
After living in some of the world’s most fascinating places—from the U.K. to Australia, New Zealand and India—she presently resides in New Mexico, U.S.A. with her family, which includes elderly cats, standard poodles, and a mated pair of wild ravens who visit her every day.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite

Beatrice Knight’s Alverstone: A Regency Family Saga of Love and War concerns Marquess Jasper Alverstone, who doesn’t want to marry Angelica Thorne, despite encouragement from his mother. He finds the woman has no compassion for others. Meanwhile, Charlotte Winford is trying to discourage Squire Henry Hulkham from pursuing her. His prize pigs and his annual income of twelve thousand pounds meant nothing to her. However, her past indiscretions have to remain hidden because nobody wants to marry a ruined woman. When she attempts to leave Almack's, she collides with Jasper, who recognizes her. The Winford family was pushing Charlotte to marry so Percy tries to set up Charlotte with his friend, Major Baxted. Two handsome bachelors are now vying for Charlotte’s attention, and she feels torn between them. Who will win her hand and love?

Conflict plays a large part in Alverstone. Beatrice Knight offers the views of the Alverstone brothers and their mother, Sylvie, as well as those of Percy and Charlotte. The author also gave the servants a voice in this engaging romance. I enjoyed the full development of the many characters and their personalities. The transitions between each person’s perspective and each pivotal moment were easy to follow. I hoped that Major Baxted would prevail, but I also found Lord Alverstone’s interest just as genuine. The war scenes involving Lord Alverstone, Percy, and Major Baxted were described in vivid detail. They added to the suspense as to who Charlotte would marry. The end of the story was intriguing and shocking, with revelations about each person. This is an excellent choice for readers who like unpredictable romances.