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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Constance was determined to marry Sir Geoffrey even though he had broken their engagement after finding her in the arms of another. Determined to get his wedding ring on her finger, she formed a plan to convince him how much she loved him. Things go awry when her necklace is stolen in a highway robbery on the way to Bath. What she did not know was the bandit was Sir Geoffrey. He was testing her to measure her love for him. In his eyes she failed. Now he wants revenge.
I would label this book Christian Regency Romance. While the book has all the requirements for Regency Romance it also has strong Christian overtones without being preachy. Constance is a well-developed character filled with a good heart and a fantastic sense of humor. Harriet and Constance played well together; they complemented each other. Constance always had a plan and was always up to something; of course, she drug her best friend Harriet along. Many of the antics felt like slapstick comedy. Courting Constance is an entertaining, quick, and easy read. There were several times when the spiritual aspect seemed to come out of nowhere and seemed out of place. It did not distract from the plot, just took me by surprise.
This is the first book I've read by Teryl Cartwright; it definitely won't be the last one. Reading Courting Constance was like a breath of fresh air. To find a humorous sweet romance in an era where they really exist is so refreshing. It reminded me of some of my favorite authors of the past: Georgette Heyer, Joan Aiken, Elizabeth Michaels, and Barbara Metzger. Author Teryl Cartwright has skillfully combined romance, history and humor to offer readers one of the most entertaining romances I've read in years.