In 1874, Ivy Steele’s deafness is more than a handicap. It’s a disease. Surrounded by a family that doesn’t understand her, she’s learned to cope and find solace where she can. Then, the unexpected happens. Her aunt dies, and her uncle sends her away to rejoin her father’s family in Montana.Left to fend for herself, after the companion hired to escort her abandons her, sixteen-year-old Ivy faces continual hardship and danger. Several men see an unaccompanied Ivy as a flower ripe for the picking, and things only get worse when masked men hold up their stagecoach.
Barely scraping through, Ivy makes it to Montana with her nerves shaken and what little money she has in her boot. Expecting a peaceful if not affectionate welcome, Ivy finds herself in greater hardship than she’s ever known.
Surrounded by a stepfamily that hates her, and flung into a life where hearing is vital, Ivy finds solace in a handsome cowboy named Remy. But things with her new family are not what they seem. And Ivy is about to find out that the danger she faced on the journey west, has followed her to Montana…
Bethany Swafford dazzles with her stunning young adult debut, introducing a strong heroine, the hardships of frontier life, shocking twists, and a slow-burning romance that will leave you wanting more.
Third place winner of the 2018 Rosemary Award
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Twenty year old Diana Forester, a country bred young woman fears that her inexperience and uncertainties has driven Mr. John Richfield away. On arriving back home from London, she learns that he is already there, ready to continue their acquaintance. If Diana thought that it was difficult in London, courting takes on a whole new aspect when Diana’s younger siblings become involved. She finds herself dealing with her own feelings, her sister, her younger brother, jealous members of a house party, a jilted suitor, and a highwayman as she falls in love with the charming Mr. Richfield.
Chaotic Courtship by Bethany Swafford is not your typical Regency Romance. It has the expected drama but also a mystery involving a Highwayman. The characters are lovable and they are sound in their roles. The story is lighthearted, enjoyable and clean.
Diana is of age and as all young lady in this time of their life should find a husband. Her dowry is not a big one and two gentlemen have asked for her hand. The first one was her best friend and she could never love him that way. The second one is quite influential in many ways, which make her believe that he will be disappointed with her humble origins and soon be off to his own life.
Imagine her surprise when he arrived in her hometown even before she did. All seam perfect until her sister and her best friend decide that her husband to be is the notorious Highwaymen. The rumors could ruin him and how would he take it if he knew it was her sister who started the rumors?
I enjoyed Chaotic Courtship by Bethany Swafford for her clean writing and easy reading. It was a fun, witty and fast read. It will be enjoy by YA as well as Adults of all ages
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