Novella Review: The Courtship by Grace Burrowes

Novella Review: The Courtship by Grace BurrowesThe Courtship by Grace Burrowes
Series: Windham #0.5
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on November 6th 2012
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
Format: Ebook
Source: Library
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three-stars

The first novella to be published by New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes features the foundation story for her bestselling series.

This is the tender story of love tested and won, and how Percy Windham, the dashing and brilliant man who was never supposed to become the Duke of Moreland, wooed the amazing lady who became his beloved Duchess.

Percival Windham is a second son, and a cavalry officer acclaimed and respected by his men. He is immensely attractive and distracts himself with the women who seem to throw themselves at him at every turn, until at a country house party, he meets beautiful, retiring Esther Himmelfarb.

Esther's wealthier relations are taking shameless advantage of her dependence on them, and only Percy seems to see the striking intelligence beneath her modest demeanor. Percy sees her as the perfect companion and she finds in him the man of her dreams.

I’ve mentioned before that I really like trying out a new-to-me author by reading a novella. While novellas are usually lacking in character development, they always let me get a feel for the author’s style. The Courtnship by Grace Burrowes which is a prequel of her Windham series, was a great way to look into this author’s work.

The Courtship takes place during a house party, a setting I can never resist. Esther isn’t normally invited to such events, because she’s a poor relation. But she is invited to this house party, and that’s where she meets Percy, who is a younger son of a Duke.

Esther and Percy form a connection pretty quickly, but that didn’t bother me at all. Both Esther and Percy were so easy to root for, and I really did like them. That said, I did find their romance to be a bit . . . quiet. I didn’t feel a ton of passion between them, although I did feel like they loved each other. I wish there were a bit more banter between then, but then, I love banter and always want it in the romances I read.

The Courtship has definitely made me curious about the rest of this series, and I wonder if I would have gotten more out of this prequel novella if I had read the regular series first. But overall, I did enjoy The Courtship, and I definitely want to check out the rest of the Windham series.

three-stars

7 Responses to “Novella Review: The Courtship by Grace Burrowes”

  1. Lover Of Romance

    oh I have really enjoyed this series, I haven’t read the novella’s though. I don’t read them very often. I do like this author though, her books always have great depth and historical detail. Hope you enjoy some of the other novels of the series when you pick them up.

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I’ve been wanting to try Grace Burrowes and this sounds good though a bit quiet. I love a good house party and a poor relation is pretty great too. I testing new authors with novellas because even though novellas rarely wow me I can get a sense of the author’s writing and characters. I’ll have to try this.

  3. kimbacaffeinate

    This is awful but I am sitting here going I know the author name, but have I read her. If I had a gun to my head I would probably pee myself that is how unsure I am of my answer,LOL I agree a novella is the perfect way to try an author. Despite the quiet romance I do love the house party setting.

  4. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    Hmm, this sounds like it would be forgettable to me, but novellas are hard to really stand out. I hope you’ll enjoy the author’s novels! There has to be at least another one with a house party setting. 🙂

  5. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews

    I like discovering new authors through novellas too…especially in historical romance. I do love a house party so I may need to check this one out even if it wasn’t the most unforgettable romance. I do want to give Grace Burrrowes a try since I know Amanda really likes her and she has written a ton of historicals.

  6. anna@herding cats & burning soup

    Oh I’m so the opposite on trying new authors. Novellas are such a hit or miss for me even for favorite authors that I tend to ignore them. I read one of Grace’s last year I think it was and it was a pretty good read. Not a favorite but was entertaining once I got into her writing style. Glad you enjoyed it even if it was a little quiet between them.

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