An Unconventional Courtship by Becky Lower

An Unconventional Courtship by Becky Lower
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (82 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Snapdragon

Find out how the Fitzpatrick family began in this exciting prequel novella to the Cotillion Ball saga.

Charlotte Ashcroft knows her family would never approve of her attending a women’s rights speech in New York City alone. So when a busybody from back home confronts Charlotte, she grabs the man in a jaunty blue hat nearby and introduces him as her escort.

George Fitzpatrick had boarded the new omnibus intent on nothing more than a ride from one point to another. Until that gorgeous young blonde suddenly claimed he was her chaperone. What’s an up-and-coming young banker to do but help a lady out?

Charlotte knows exactly what she wants, but can she convince a man who is her opposite that he can’t live without her?

An Unconventional Courtship is the story of a young woman who is not at all sure she is looking to find love. Charlotte (and friend Emma) have rather modern ideas, for ladies in the early nineteenth century.

They both crave excitement and see women’s rights is as much a diversion as a cause. Charlotte allows her sassy side to set her apart and … why, when she meets the right sort of man, she has no trouble making up her mind! Perfectly sure she’s won over an admirer, she goes home and waits for him to commence admiring. She is soon … never mind, no spoilers here!

This is a fun look at life (and potentially love!) in historic New York City. There are some wonderful, humorous touches and the main characters are both endearing  and have their share of funny moments.

One one drawback for me: although the story was set in 1829, much of the ideas and conversational style read as contemporary.

However, Charlotte’s character, her plight and her determination (and her ability to confound) all make this story. She’s funny and engaging and it would be easy to read other stories featuring this main character.

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