Saturday, May 14, 2016

Book Review of A LADIE'S VANISHING CHOICES by: Wareeze Woodson

Welcome Wareeze Woodson! I have reviewed A LADIE'S VANISHING CHOICES for the blog and will also feature it today.

Wareeze is a native of Texas and still lives in this great state. She writes period romance tangled with suspense. She married her high school sweetheart, years and years ago. They raised four children and have eight grandchildren, and grandchildren are Grand. At the moment, all of her children and grandchildren live within seventy miles of her home, lots of visits. Wareeze and her husband still love each other after all these years, the stuff romance is made of, Happy Ever After!


Vexed with her aunt, Bethany takes the gig without permission. She pulls up to master her temper and wanders into the woods. From her sheltered position, she watches a man bury a long bundle large enough to hold a corpse. She thinks she has escaped undetected, but danger follows her. In her reckless handling of the ribbons, she nearly runs Lord Royce Rivton off the lane.

Lord Rivton is in search of a spy and must investigate her family, his closest neighbor. Both at cross purposes, the sparks fly and when he rescues her, he places her in a compromising position. They marry as expected, but their road is not smooth. She is still in mortal danger. He must find and capture the killer/spy while trying to save his wife. A tattered string weaves together this tale of murder, abduction and espionage. 


The clatter of a thud and scrape against the ground reached Bethany’s ears. What on earth? Alert now, she strained to listen. Again the thud and scrape echoed in a steady rhythm. She recognized the noise of a shovel being plied. Such a sound deep in the forest instantly announced something unusual, even sinister and dangerous. The hairs on back of her neck stood on end and she froze in place. She was alone, vulnerable.  Discovery of her presence could herald a ruined reputation perhaps even sending her into actual peril. She shivered. Why had she allowed vexation and self-pity to drive her to act on such a reckless impulse?

Holding her breath, she inched forward ever so quietly and crouched behind a screen of bushes. Alarm curled down her spine, but the urge to discover the source of the sound pushed her forward. Peeking through the foliage, she viewed a small clearing with a mound of freshly turned dirt piled in the center. A man flung another scoop full onto the heap and continued to dig. What could possibly be his purpose? The odor of moist soil reached Bethany, reminding her of her situation, alone and deep in the woods. She recalled the old adage about curiosity and the cat. She caught her breath. The cat died. Nevertheless, she couldn’t drag herself away.


Wareeze gave me an ARC copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. This was my thoughts on the book, which are posted on Amazon and Good Reads. I rated it a 4 out of 5 stars.

I have to admit, I wasn't sure how I would like this book. I have never read Regency Romance before.  I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I thought it would be about a woman who can't do anything for herself and must always rely on a man. That is not the case. The girl is definitely down-trodden. The Uncle and Aunt she lives with are cruel to her and her cousin is just plain jealous. The male lead irritated me at first, but I like the way his character developed by the end. He turned out to be a loving and compassionate man. There were some definite plot twists that I did not see coming. Really wasn't expecting the murderer to be who it was. Overall the book is well-written, suspenseful, and romantic. I highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of regency romance.

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1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a tough challenge for your protagonists who must be as tough as your Texas roots, Wareeze! Wishing you all the best. --katie o'boyle