During my early teenage years, there was a good span of time where I read, and reread every book Jane Austen wrote. At the time, they appealed to my wistful, girlish fantasies. Not a bad thing, but I don’t usually seek out such books anymore, which is why I find it funny that I’m about to recommend a Historical Romance to you. My mother gave it to me. And I loved it so much I can’t keep it to myself.
Unlike a lot of the Historical Romances out there, “As You Are” by Sarah M. Eden is a clean fiction. The writer used a wonderful plot to intrigue me instead of flashing manly, bare chest every other page. In the Historical Romance genre that is a very big deal, and a positive for me. What makes it even better, the main male character, Corbin, is not your usual tough Lord, bursting at the seams with charisma. He’s hopelessly shy, which only made the scenes between him and the “woman of his dreams” even funnier. He can hardly string two words together. When she says, “I broke your face.” I laughed so hard it brought me to tears. You’ll have to read the book to find out why that happened.
This holiday season, I suggest you kick back and find your nose in this book. It will transport you back to the golden age of gentlemen, keep you entertained, and leave you uplifted. What more could you ask for in a novel. Well done Sarah M. Eden.