Book Review: Gabriella – Hiatt Regency Classics Book 1 by Brenda Hiatt
by Joanne Troppello
I just finished reading and reviewing Gabriella, book 1 of 6 in the Hiatt Regency Classics Books. This novel is 246 pages long. I haven't read a Regency book for a while, so I was excited to start reading this one.
The heroine, Gabriella Gordon was likeable from the start. It was hard to stop reading this book a few chapters at a time, which is my usual process for reviewing—due to time constraints and other responsibilities. The hero in this story, The Duke of Ravenham was immediately interesting and appealing.
After reading and reviewing several books in a row with many spelling mistakes and punctuation errors, it was refreshing to see that this book did not have that issue. I saw a few, but nothing that would make a bad impression. Of course, perfection is desired, but a few is better than too many.
Every aspect, from the descriptions to the dialogue, was so good that I was easily transported back in time in my mind—visualizing each scene.
I truly loved this book. It was the debut novel for Ms. Hiatt. I simply couldn't wait to devour each page—that's how good it was. I can't wait to read more books by this author.
About the Book
He lost a wager . . . but won a treasure.
Due to a lost wager, the Duke of Ravenham is obliged to bring a pretty little nobody from the country into fashion among the high-sticklers of London Society. Ravenham would never refuse a debt of honor, no matter how unorthodox, so he overlooks Miss Gordon's vulgar relations to do what is necessary, escorting the unsophisticated chit to balls, etc. But what he expects to be an irksome duty turns out to be something quite different as he falls under the spell of his protege's innocent charm. When he lost that wager, he definitely never counted on losing his heart as well!
First impressions can be deceiving.
Miss Gabriella Gordon only came to London at her mother's and sister's insistence, for she'd much rather assist in running her father's veterinary practice than attempt to fit into fashionable society. No sooner has she arrived in London than the exalted (and exceedingly handsome) Duke of Ravenham comes to call. The reason is less than flattering, however: due to a lost wager, the Duke is forced to bring Gabriella into fashion, a "favor" she would certainly refuse if her family would let her. But the more time she spends in the dashing Duke's company, the more conflicted she feels— particularly when she discovers they have more in common than she ever dared dream.
About the Reviewer
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, SEO and social media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs. Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter. Read more about Mustard Seed Sentinel here.