Title: Schooling The Viscount (Cotswold Confidential, book #1)
Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian
Author: Maggie Robinson
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Kensington, Jan. 31, 2017 (preorder available)
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Violence Rating: 4
Description from Amazon.com:
Welcome to Puddling‑on‑the‑Wold, where the sons and daughters of Victorian nobility come for a little rest, recuperation, and “rehab,” in this brand-new series of rebellious romance from Maggie Robinson.
After a harrowing tour of duty abroad, Captain Lord Henry Challoner fought to keep his memories at bay with two of his preferred vices: liquor and ladies. But the gin did more harm than good–as did Henry’s romantic entanglements, since he was supposed to be finding a suitable bride. Next stop: The tiny village in Gloucestershire, where Henry can finally sober up without distraction or temptation. Or so he thinks…
A simple country schoolteacher, Rachel Everett was never meant to cross paths with a gentleman such as Henry. What could such a worldly man ever see in her? As it turns out, everything. Beautiful, fiercely intelligent Rachel is Henry’s dream woman–and wife. Such a match would be scandalous for his family of course, and Rachel has no business meddling with a resident at the famed, rather draconian, Puddling Rehabilitation Foundation. All the better, for two lost souls with nothing to lose–and oh so very much to gain.
Let me confess that Victorian Chic-Lit is not my fave. That said this book really has a unique take on the Victorian era, actually I think we can call it rather a fantasy of Victorian England. Rachel is probably one of the most normal characters in this book. She is a school teacher and is instructed by the towns leaders to not interact with the “Guests” as the patients are called who come to the village. She accidentally meets Henry, Henry is smitten with the town’s lovely school teacher and from that time on, no matter how many times he is hit on the head(and he is hit quite often), he is all about winning over Rachel.
This is a book for those who love the slapstick, light fluff romance books. I’ve often claimed not to like silly humor. I’m more in favor of the witty type, but if you do love this kind of book then this one is perfect. You may have to shelve your disbelief but you also will have a good laugh.