Noble Destiny by Katie MacAlister

NOBLE
Noble Destiny by Katie MacAlister
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (383 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

A poor widow, Lady Charlotte Collins returns to England eager to take her place in the ton, only to find herself shunned by all. Her one choice is to marry a groom with wealth, a title, and good looks, but Alasdair McGregor cruelly refuses to be the answer to her problems. In fact, she is forced by Dare’s obstinacy to take extreme action: the faulty codpiece that leads to this marriage, the wedding that is literally a circus. But nothing can stand between Charlotte and what she wants most: the love of her husband.

Noble Destiny is quirky, charming, silly and fun. There are many reasons to smile throughout the story and for the most part, it’s lighthearted reading.

Charlotte, the heroine, is what makes the novel quirky. It’s her personality and language mangling that causes many moments of giggles and eye rolling. She’s upbeat, irrepressible and totally misguided. Yet for all her harebrained schemes and societal focus, she’s a really sweet lady.

I liked Dare, the hero, a lot. I liked his drive, his passion and his slow downward spiral into loving Charlotte. She didn’t make it easy on him; she confused the heck out of him many times, but he understood her heart and her failings, and loved her anyway.

For readers who love madcap comedy type books, this one should appeal. For those that appreciate logic and meaty plots, this story is fluffy and light and heavy on impossibility. For some, Charlotte’s personality might drive a person up a wall because she’s written in such a way as to come across as vain, vacuous, flighty and selfish. Bear with the story, it gets better, the heroine gets better. She grows up a bit and finally figures out what is truly important in life. When a catastrophe hits, she rises to the occasion and shows what a strong woman she really is. However, like I said, she is irrepressible. She doesn’t stay serious for long and it starts off again with embroidered patches. She’s inventive, I’ll give her that. The heroine seems to carry her own bit of sun in her pocket for all of life’s gloomy, cloudy days. It does come in handy. One thing’s for sure, her friend, Caro, is oftentimes entertained, aghast, horrified or impressed with Charlotte. So was I.

Secondary characters certainly played important and varied roles throughout the novel. I think Batsfoam would have been better if the author had toned down his dramatic soliloquies because after a while, I wanted to stick an apple in his mouth. Yes, an apple, because back then duct tape didn’t exist.

There is a light suspenseful plot that is fixed in an ingenious way. I thought as the heroine thought, that there were two villains. What the truth turned out to be was vastly better because it surprised me and I enjoyed that.

Noble Destiny is completely enjoyable. Yes, it had its foibles and weirdness but its overall charm, wit and delightfully saucy escapades between Dare and Charlotte were strong points that made reading this story so much fun. Charlotte grows on a person. I would definitely recommend this novel for readers in need of smiles, laughter and a few groaning “face palms”. It’s entertainment; something Ms. MacAlister knows a lot about because she always delivers.

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