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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Daughters of Penruddock is a collected saga of seven romance novellas by author Ronnda Eileen Henry. Each story can be read as a standalone in any order, and all the tales are set in the pseudo-medieval fantasy world of Penruddock, where modern society hasn’t quite caught up with female progressive thinking yet. Despite this, the women of these tales take an emancipatory stance on finding love, whatever level of society they are born into, each changing the minds and hearts of the men around them by their actions. From knights and princesses to the lower-born working people, this slice of life from the world of Penruddock covers it all.
Reading the collection as an interconnected work gives a really atmospheric picture of the society which author Ronda Eileen Henry has created. I particularly liked the tale of Princess Henrietta, who began her journey educating a young prince on the ways of her kingdom so that he could marry another woman. Throughout the tales, the plots twist to give interesting and pleasing conclusions to the dilemmas of the female protagonists, and there are plenty of opportunities for the men of Penruddock to be surprised and changed by the power of the women they meet.
Henry has created a lively and uplifting romance series in The Daughters of Penruddock that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages, which is much more of a study of true romance, where people come together through shared traits and understanding rather than the boring ‘insta-love’ of today. The Daughters of Penruddock is a highly recommended read.