I’m back with another blog tour and this time it’s for A Good Match for the Major by Josie Bonham. Thanks to Rachel @ Rachel’s Random Resources for organising this blog tour and to the author for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Goodreads: A Good Match for the Major
Release Date: 05 May 2020
Genre: Regency Romance, Historical Romance
Pride meets prejudice – can love blossom?
Beautiful young widow, Lady Eliza Wyndham, is determined never to remarry after a disastrous first marriage. The undeniable attraction that fizzes between her and Major Nathaniel Overton terrifies her. She rejects his advances.
With his pride badly dented, Nat vows to forget Eliza until he finds her in danger from an old adversary of his army days. His protective instincts are stirred and he steps back into her life, but will Eliza be prepared to accept his help?
Josie lives in the English midlands, surrounded by towns full of history such as Evesham, Stratford-Upon- Avon, Warwick and Worcester. Which is perhaps why her favourite reads are historical. Out of all the periods to choose from the Regency Era stirs her imagination the most. The true Regency lasted from 1811 until 1820 but dates as wide as 1789 to 1837 have been included in the extended Regency period. For Josie the true flavour of this period emerges after the iniquitous hair powder tax of 1795, unsurprisingly, scuppered the fashion for hair powder almost overnight. Josie has always dabbled in stories but it took the combined efforts of her sister and eldest niece to set her on the path to writing novels. Her Regency romances, with a dash of adventure and intrigue, are the result.
I’m going to start this by saying that I don’t know all that much about the accuracy in the historical setting or in the way the characters are portrayed and interact. There were some aspects about the writing that mostly have to do with the language that I felt were a bit too contemporary for this time period, and it did jolt me out of the reading experience. In all honesty though, despite that, I still really enjoyed this book! Pride and Prejudice is one of my all-time favourites, so mentioning it in the blurb pretty much had me sold. This definitely had strong similarities to Pride and Prejudice but also (in my opinion) Persuasion!
The story moved at a very brisk pace and we’re almost immediately introduced to our MCs, Eliza and Nat, and let’s just say that their ‘meet-cute’ was fairly disastrous! 😂 I liked that the story is told in alternating perspectives between the two because I always like hearing both sides of the story, especially when it comes to romances! This was actually a bit steamier than I expected for a regency romance, although still very modest compared to contemporary romances. I loved the sexual tension and romantic build up between our MCs though — it was so satisfying in the end and definitely worth the wait!
I started off really liking Eliza’s character, although she was quite “not like other girls”, but I liked her feistiness and independent attitude—it was very Elizabeth Bennet. However, I didn’t like the way she continued to behave around Nat and as the story progressed, I found her character becoming tiresome and a little frustrating. I completely understand that her history made her feel that all men were untrustworthy brutes and just out for her fortune, but I feel like Nat did nothing to deserve how she treated him; especially as she continued to waffle on her feelings about him up until the end.
Nat, on the other hand, was a perfectly swoon-worthy combination of Mr. Darcy and Captain Wentworth! I loved his character 😍 He was not only a thoughtful, kind and caring gentleman underneath his burly exterior, but I loved that we also got to learn about his fears and insecurities. I was rooting for him all the way through because he absolutely deserved his happy ending (no pun intended lol) after all he experienced!
Overall, although I can’t comment on the accuracy of the book, I thought this was a very enjoyable regency romance and a great debut for Bonham. I’m now also very keen to try more of these romances because I seem to enjoy them much more than I realised!
Have you read A Good Match for the Major or is it on your TBR?
Do you enjoy regency romances or are you keen to try them?