by Ruth J. Hartman
published by esKape
Why Read?: Review
If you are looking for a delightful Regency, look no further than Ruth J. Hartman’s Love Birds of Regent’s Park. The fun play on words in the title is just the start of this light-hearted romp that is sure to please romance fans.
Lucy Ashbrook loves to spend her days sketching the birds at Regent’s Park. On day, she meets the dashing Oliver Barrow, a worker there who takes the time to introduce her to all the birds in the park. Lucy quickly falls for Oliver although she knows she could never be with him. First off, her money-hungry father would never let her marry below her station, and secondly, he has always promised her hand to the loathsome Lord Conrad Croome, the fifth Earl of Lofton. When Lofton gets word that someone at the park might have stolen Lucy’s heart, he demands to be her chaperone. Luckily, the birds are on Lucy’s side. However, her father will be much harder to convince than her feathered friends and Lucy fears her time with Oliver is quickly drawing to a close.
Hartman’s writing is simply delightful. Lucy and Oliver are wonderful as the romantic leads, and Lofton is the perfect villain. The best scene is the one where he gets his comeuppance from a crazy cuckoo – but I won’t say any more because I do not want to ruin this laugh out loud scenario. Even though the reader knows how it will end, Hartman makes it easy to root for Lucy and Oliver every step of the way.
I am not really a fan of Regency, but Ruth J. Hartman has swayed me. Love Birds of Regent’s Park is so delightful and endearing, I actually want to read it again.