This is an Official Review by an Eye On Romance Official Reviewer
for 10 Ways to be Adored When Landing a Lord
Date of Review: 09/13/10
Wow! What an amazing book about two people who are meant to be together, but need fate to intervene. Sarah MacLean continues her journey to 1820’s England in this sequel to Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake. In this latest installment, Ms. MacLean tells the story of Nicholas St. John and Isabel Townsend, who are brought together by an unwanted label in a ladies magazine.
Nicholas St. John has just been named to the “Lords to Land” list. Now he has women crawling out of the woodwork to get near him. Nicholas would like nothing more than to be left alone with his antiquities. Since that is no longer possible, he looks for an excuse to leave London. Fortunately for Nicholas, his friend needs help locating his sister who has run away. Nicholas looks forward to the challenge and since he was known as the hunter when he was in the military service, he knows he can find this missing girl without too much trouble. What Nicholas doesn’t expect is who else he finds on his journey.
Isabel Townsend has done the best she could to maintain her father’s estate while he was in London gambling away their money. She knows that her younger brother will inherit the title of Earl and hopes to save something for him to be proud of. When she learns that her father has died, Isabel must figure out a way to save not only herself and the estate, but also the many women who have come to depend on her. The only viable solution she can see is to sell the marbles that her mother gave her. To do that she needs an expert on antiquities. Imagine her surprise when one of London’s antiquities experts just happens to bump into her on the street. Isabel doesn’t know Nicholas’s real purpose in being in their small town, but she needs his help.
What follows is a wonderful story about the importance of trust in a relationship. Ms. MacLean definitely makes the point that love without trust is not real love. Her story has so many delightful characters and her joy of writing radiates off the page. I loved every minute of this book! I greatly enjoyed the unfashionable situations that Isabel finds herself in around Nicholas. She wants so much to be thought of as a woman who has it all together and can manage everything, but Nicholas seems to see through that to the woman she really is. These two people are definitely meant to be. Nicholas loves to help women who are in need, and although, Isabel is in need, she refuse to be thought of as such and her strength really challenges Nicholas.
The historical setting of the book is really well done. Ms. MacLean takes the idea of abused women having no recourse during the early 1800’s and gives them a place to go. She emphasizes how dangerous it was for women to be on their own and that they really had no options of escape from brutal fathers, brothers or husbands. I think this element adds a deeper layer to this romantic tale that grounds it in reality and the historical context.