When I began The Reluctant Widow I wasn't sure what to expect, and I was delighted to find that this was such a fun read. Elinor Rochdale gets on the wrong coach (she is supposed to begin a new governess position) and finds herself caught up in a whirlwind adventure. She meets Mr. Carlyon, is convinced to marry his dying cousin, and becomes a widow all in the course of one night. Unfortunately, after becoming a widow she finds that she is caught up in a mystery that she cannot get out of along with a bit of danger. The best part though is that there is so much more to this book and before I knew it I was caught up in the novel.
I was instantly entranced when I began reading this novel and drawn into the time period. Elinor is a strong female main character which was surprising considering the time period that the book was set in along with the fact that she isn't wealthy. She has a dry sense of humor and wit that she used on Lord Carlyon constantly throughout the story. There were a few times that she had me laughing out loud and I really enjoyed her character. Georgette Heyer's characters all came alive for me in this novel and I enjoyed reading about their interactions with one another. I also enjoyed the character of Cousin Nicky and how Elinor dealt with him and his youthful exploits. The writing was easy to get into and helped me to feel that I was in that time period.
All in all, this book pleasantly surprised me and I will be looking for more by this author. Filled with dry humor, mystery, suspense, and a bit of romance, The Reluctant Widow was a great read that I will definitely be recommending. For all of you who have read Georgette Heyer, what do you recommend that I try from her next? And a huge thanks to Danielle from Sourcebooks for sending me this wonderful novel. I loved it!
My rating/Recommendations: 4.5 out of 5; Recommended to anyone who enjoys romance and/or historical fiction
Challenges: New Author Challenge, A-Z Challenge ("R" Title), 100+ Challenge, Winter Reading Challenge, Historical Fiction Challenge