Embracing Amelia

Romance - Historical
224 Pages
Reviewed on 06/22/2023
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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Embracing Amelia is a historical fiction romance by Elaine Violette. A competent horse rider since childhood, Amelia Pierce dreamed of competing in equestrian tournaments like her brother, Roderick. However, as the daughter of the Earl of Weatherly, Amelia was resigned to a life of waiting to be married off to a man of high status. When Roderick catches Amelia and Lucas Grey, the bastard son of the Duke of Radford, stumbling around in the hay while searching for Amelia's missing emerald ring, he assumes the worst. Amelia's enraged father sends her to London to find a suitable match. Fortuitously, Amelia meets Lucas again, and the two feel instantly drawn to each other. But now, Lucas is arrested for stealing the ring, and Amelia is forced to marry Viscount Frederick Blakely. Will Lucas and Amelia find a way to be together?

If you enjoy Regency-era romance novels, Embracing Amelia is just the book you're looking for. Author Elaine Violette spins a captivating romance with humor and heart. With vibrant characters and an engaging plot, Violette weaves an absorbing love story that pulls at your heartstrings and leaves you wanting more. The plot has its share of twists and turns, but it is the characters who truly steal the show. Violette's characters are well-rounded, with underlying layers to their outward personas. Lucas's backstory brings a lot of depth to his character, and his relationship with Amelia is, without a doubt, the book's primary highlight for me—a treat for readers of Regency romance novels.

Stephanie Chapman

Embracing Amelia by Elaine Violette is a historical romance that tells a story about societal views. Amelia was upset because women could not take part in equestrian events. Every Sunday, she went to Winston Stable to watch her brother Roderick compete. While standing in her horse's stall, Amelia realized that she had lost an heirloom emerald ring. Lucas found her digging through the stall muck and offered to help her. Roderick found his sister with Lucas and dragged her away. The next day, Amelia was sent to London with her Aunt Libby. High society scorned Lucas, who was the Duke of Radford's bastard son. However, Lucas found Amelia's ring. When his employer sent him to London for business reasons, he told his stepbrother Graham about the ring. Graham advised him to sell it, but Lucas wanted to return the ring to Amelia.

Elaine Violette wrote an eye-opening tale regarding society's standards. Using the alternating views of Amelia and Lucas, I could see that it restricted both of them in their life choices. Society expected Amelia to marry a man of high social standing. Lucas was an outcast through no fault of his own because his mother became pregnant outside of marriage. Roderick and Amelia's father didn't listen to her when she tried to explain why she was on the ground with Lucas. His brother had a problem with the aristocracy and exhibited the same lack of tolerance. I could see the inner feelings of both Amelia and Lucas, which gave me a better understanding of how their lives were similar. Despite Amelia and Lucas being the main characters, the development of the supporting role players added to the plot. This unpredictable story held my interest with ease. I recommend Embracing Amelia to readers who enjoy a romance novel with twists and an ending that was difficult to foresee.

K.C. Finn

Embracing Amelia is a work of fiction penned by author Elaine Violette in the romance, historical, and interpersonal drama subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience. In this compelling Regency romance filled with forbidden love, rebellious spirit, and plenty of drama, we meet our protagonist Lady Amelia Pierce when she is caught between different temptations in her life. The world of equestrian sport beckons, but it is unbecoming for a lady of her station to compete. And then there’s the rakishly handsome Lucas Grey, a young man of ignoble birth whose interactions with Amelia may cause enough scandal to land them both in serious trouble.

Author Elaine Violette has crafted a masterfully smooth, immersive, and romantic Regency drama that has everything fans of the genre could wish for. As the daughter of an earl, Amelia can introduce her audience to all the finery and luxury of historical living, and this is gorgeously juxtaposed against the wild freedom of horse riding and the down-to-earth, stable life of those around her. Amelia is a deeply relatable protagonist thanks to the close personal narrative the author affords us, and I really enjoyed the fact that the dialogue gave the atmosphere of the period without being too overwhelming or difficult to follow. Lucas was also a delight as a romantic interest and a character with a journey to go on in his own right. I loved the plot twists and turns, which challenged the pair to see what they’re really made of. Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend Embracing Amelia to Regency romance fans everywhere.