Sometimes you just want a good sweet Regency romance, and An Earl for Ellen fits the bill. It’s the story of Ellen, an impoverished vicar’s daughter, and Thomas, an American who unexpectedly inherits an earldom after his (somewhat distant) cousins die and he’s the only possible male heir left.
Naturally, Thomas comes to Britain to take over, even though he has no idea what he’s doing.
And while there, he runs into his (even more distant) cousin Ellen and starts to fall for her.
I liked watching him try to figure out all that goes into being nobility in Britain – both the actual tasks of the job and the social mores. And I also quite enjoyed exactly how much he just stomped all over those social mores.
What can I say? I’m American too.
All in all, Thomas was sweet, thoughtful, and really everything you could want in a romance hero.
And Ellen is just as lovely! She’s very relatable, and she’s focused on making her own way (including the best of a bad situation – the last earl was honestly a dick) rather than depending on others. She doesn’t have a whole lot of options, but she has a plan.
The two of them together were pure fluff, and I really enjoyed their interactions. Their romance was well-written, as was the rest of the plot.
The side characters were intriguing, with everyone from Lady Louisa (who expected to marry Thomas) to Marianne (featured in the next book!) to Susan (who quire appreciated having Ellen as her new mistress).
Basically, I really enjoyed the book, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series once it’s out!
Therefore, there is no way this book gets anything other than
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