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HOW TO RESCUE A RAKE:Reject his marriage proposalNathaniel Sherringham has returned to Hawcombe Prior a changed man. Gone is the reckless rake who went out on a limb to propose to Diana Makepiece three years ago. Now Nate's mysterious new wealth has the town's rumor mill spinning. To stir things up (and get Diana's attention), Nate boldly announces his plans to marry "anyHOW TO RESCUE A RAKE:Reject his marriage proposalNathaniel Sherringham has returned to Hawcombe Prior a changed man. Gone is the reckless rake who went out on a limb to propose to Diana Makepiece three years ago. Now Nate's mysterious new wealth has the town's rumor mill spinning. To stir things up (and get Diana's attention), Nate boldly announces his plans to marry "any suitable girl" under the age of 25.Run awayDiana, now 27 and still single, is acutely aware of Nate's return. When her mother suggests a trip to visit a cousin in Bath, Diana leaps at the chance to escape the heartbreak and regret she can't help but feel in Nate's presence...and avoid his irritating charade to find a bride.But for Nate, Diana has always been the one. He might just have to follow her to Bath and once again lay his heart on the line to win her attention-and her heart....

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How to Rescue a Rake Reviews

  • WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker
    2019-05-09 05:27

    This book deserves a great review I don't have time for but if you in any way liked Jane Austen's Persuasion and deep intense longing, you'll want to show up for this one. It had the delightful feel from the first in the series but with a deeper heavier tone. The heroine gets a wee bit annoying with denial but the way the hero feels draw to her and can't believe no one else sees her the way he does was swoon-y goodness.

  • Sonya Heaney
    2019-05-09 04:32

    Originally posted HERE.Do yourself a favour and make sure you know a thing or two about Jane Austen’s Persuasion before you read this book. Do it any way: watch a movie version or even read the Wikipedia summary! Just make sure you have the gist of it.How to Rescue a Rake can also be read as a standalone, and while our heroine and her friends are reading Persuasion, the two lead characters are living out their own version of the same story. Sure, it’s a little gimmicky, but I really loved this book.There are a lot of historical romance authors who try to be funny when they write, and it so rarely works for me. I prefer more serious historical romances. However, with Jayne Fresina I make an exception. She is fun rather than slapstick, and because she isn’t obsessed with making her characters “sexy” it means she makes them more human.Following in Austen’s traditions, we get characters from the landed gentry, rather than everyone being a duke or a duchess (what a relief!), and the manners are better – despite the humour. People actually follow social rules of the time, are concerned about social rules of the time, and do not run around having sex from start to finish of the book.This all gives us a chance to read a ROMANCE!However, what I probably like best about this book is the whole second-chance feel to it. These are flawed characters who have known big disappointments in their lives, and the theme is the reason the original book, Persuasion, was so successful. It is a story about gaining maturity and taking leaps, and I know I am going to remember it better than most of the cut-and-dried Regency romances being published now.Review copy provided by NetGalley.

  • puppitypup
    2019-04-22 01:31

    Historic Romance PerfectI have two absolute favorite things I always wish for in a book, both so rare that I've finally removed them from my formula for the perfect book. One of them happens often enough that I do still hope for it, but the other, I'd given up on completely. Until this story...Jayne Fresina is a new author for me, and this is a NetGalley read, meaning I really wasn't expecting much. But this story is so cleverly told, with each nuance exquisitely layered, never wavering from the theme. What a wonderful surprise. And it's rare that a romance novel engages my heart upon picking it up the next day, one of the reasons I so often stay up late to finish. But after putting this one down, I dreamed about it all night, then couldn't wait to pick it up again tonight. It didn't lose it's appeal one bit.There are so many things to like about this book. I especially appreciate the realism Ms. Fresina brought in depicting Diana's introverted nature, showing why she was so appealing to Nathaniel's happy, go-lucky personality. And when the tables were turned, towards the end of the novel, it just made my heart happy as could be.I also really liked how the author handled Diana's mother, an unhappy, impossible to please woman. The author doesn't leave her as a strawman cariacture, as is so often the case in romance, but instead allows Diana to begin to appreciate her mother, seeing the positive influence her mother brought to bear in her life. And Nate's plan to defeat the curmudgeon with kindness made me love him even more.But that one thing that immediately enchanted me, the thing I was secretly yearning for, is this. This story leaves room to breathe. The lithe interweaving of Jane Austen's Persuasion with Diana and Nate's present day story was good, quite good. But the author takes it one step further, adding a third strand, telling the story of when they first met, when they first fell in love. The way these three storylines danced around each other somehow combined in a way to completely capture my heart.Highly recommended.The book has three intimate scenes, easily skipped, and no bad words that I recall.Many thanks to Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Just so you know, my average NetGalley rating is just shy of 2 stars. This is the first NetGalley ARC I have given 5 stars.

  • Lady Wesley
    2019-05-08 00:32

    3.5 starsThe Bookclub Belles, a reading group formed by the young ladies of Hawcombe Prior, are reading Jane Austen’s Persuasion when a real-life version of that story begins to transpire in their midst. Captain Nathaniel Sherringham returns to the village, more handsome and charming than ever, and sporting a fortune to boot.Thus begins Jayne Fresina’s charming homage to my favorite Jane Austen title. Diana Makepiece has lost her bloom, and if anything she is more pitiful and repressed than Austen’s Anne Elliot. Diana lives in genteel poverty with her domineering mother, who had once persuaded Diana to reject Sherry’s impetuous proposal of marriage. At the time, Sherry did indeed look to be a poor sort of a husband. After returning from the army, he was a fun-loving flirt without connections or prospects. Now, after a three-year absence, the tables are turned, but Sherry can barely recognize girl who once broke his heart.Although the plot more or less follows the main events of Persuasion, the author has wisely chosen to change certain circumstances and characters, such that the reader does not always know exactly what will happen next. Please visit Romantic Historical Reviews to read the rest of this review and an excerpt from the book. Register to receive a free set of the Bookclub Belles series.

  • Hannah
    2019-05-06 07:49

    ARC REVIEW Book Club Belles Society book three. Finally the book for Diana and Nate. I love this series and I have been waiting for Diana and Nate to finally get their HEA. It's not imperative to read the previous two books but they are very good books I recommend you read, even if you read them after this one. Nathaniel Sherringham has always loved Diana Makepeace. But Diana's mother was bound to make her daughter a more advantageous marriage then she herself had. Diana wanting to please her mother agreed to marry a man she felt nothing for. She was content with her decision until Nate had to go and propose marriage and kiss her. Diana's perception changed after that. Even with the scathing remarks and insults she told Nate, she always thought about him after that, and whether she would admit it or not was the main reason she broke off her engagement.Three years later and Nate is a changed man. No longer the rake and the gambler, but a businessman. Nate has come back to the town he calls home; over all the other towns he has lived in, this town where his sister is now happily married and where Diana is of course he thinks by now she is married by now. He is shocked to discover the vibrant young miss who won his heart and broke it is still single and has lost the sparkle in her eyes. Everyone thinks that she is still grieving the loss of her fiance. Diana has almost given up hope of ever getting married. But a trip to visit a cousin in Bath to help rejuvenate her health has given her hope for more. Unknowingly Nate makes a trip to Bath as well and their paths cross. Diana is open to having a lover but Nate is out to prove she is worth so much more than just a lover. Overall, This was a great read. I found myself giggling at the end because there are more to come and I really am looking forward to reading about the outgoing cousins of Diana.

  • Sofia Lazaridou
    2019-05-08 01:32

    Review to come next year! It was a pleasant read and I am thinking of reading the previous books in the series.

  • Amanda
    2019-05-02 08:44

    3.5I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.When I stumbled across the latest Jayne Fresina book on NetGalley, I knew I had to have it. I've read all the previous Book Club Belles Society books (including the novella) and one of her previous series, Sydney Dovedale. I was reasonably certain that I'd be pleased with How to Rescue a Rake, and it proved to be an enjoyable read.Most Jayne Fresina books fall between a 3.5 and 4 star rating for me, and How to Rescue a Rake was no different. The first book of the series, Once Upon a Kiss, was my favorite of the series, and that hasn't changed with this book, but it was nice to see Diana and Nathaniel finally get their romance, since it's been hinted at for the entire series.The one shining spot in this book was Diana's transformation from meek and obedient daughter to a confident woman. Diana's oppressed not just by the time she lives in, but by her mother's strict rules. She's quiet and overlooked by others, which is something that's relatable, and watching Nathaniel rediscover Diana and be the one to truly see her was sweet.I couldn't always track how Nathaniel felt toward Diana -- he seemed to switch between angry and not angry (wanting her? desperate to get a reaction from her? dunno) often enough that I was never quite sure where he stood, at least until later parts of the book. After Diana turned down his proposal, he set off and actually made something of himself, but I also would have liked to see him redeemed more in the eyes of... well, everyone.How to Rescue a Rake was an enjoyable addition to the Book Club Belles Society, and it leaves the door open for more books -- if not in this series, then in a spin-off series. While How to Rescue a Rake doesn't quite dig as emotionally deep as say Courtney Milan, Tessa Dare, or Sarah MacLean, it's a worthy book to spend a quick afternoon with.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-22 04:44

    3.5 StarsI usually try to read series in order, but this one grabbed my attention because it is a retelling of my favorite Jane Austen book, Persuasion. Nate and Diana had a bit of a flirtation a few years ago that ended due to mysterious reasons. Then Nate returned to the village and these two different, but likable characters found themselves dealing with their past feelings and expectations for the future. I thought this book was charming and sweet. All the Persuasion elements were there with plenty of new characterization for the main couple. I quite liked the idea of the hero pursuing the heroine throughout the story since, very often, it is the other way around. I had a good time reading How to Rescue a Rake even if it wasn't the most original or scintillating story.

  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    2019-04-28 05:42

    Amanda's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book ReviewsBeing a fan of Jane Austen and Persuasion, I am intrigued by Jayne Fresina’s parallel story of Nate and Diana in her latest story called How to Rescue a Rake. Years ago Nate proposed to Diana but she flatly refused him knowing he was too much of a player and had no true prospects for the future. Now he has returned to Hawcombe Prior a changed man and also wealthier and looking for a bride. Diana doesn’t regret refusing him but she has regrets that she is destined to be a spinster. This story was heartwarmingly entertaining showing how two people can change and find themselves on the right path of happiness together.Diana has been the quiet one of the Book Club Belles and is happy for each of her friend’s happiness in their marriages. Her circumstances of being single and her own mother’s unhappy relationship with her father, makes it intolerable at times to be upbeat and love life. When she is sent to Bath to recuperate from her illness, she takes that opportunity to live a little, out from under her mother’s smothering and her friend’s eyes and ears. She pushed herself out of her own comfort zone and became a little brazened when given the chance with Nate. Knowing their past record she takes it upon herself to make things right with Nate and herself. I like it very much when you see a character grow and change over the course of the story and Diana found her inner strength again.Nate knows he is a complete flirt with women and can’t help himself at times. He really hasn’t gotten over Diana and can’t help it when he sees her again and how much she has changed. Having to escort a friend to Bath he finds himself in Diana’s path and sees this as a time to start anew with her. I might not have liked him in the beginning but he grew on me and liked how he understood Diana better than anyone. Their course to getting their happy ending wasn’t smooth or easy but definitely worth it to see a happy ending for them. The author has created a group of likeable characters throughout this series and how together they make a home for themselves in this small English hamlet. I love second chance at love stories and this one was pretty good.Review copy provided for an honest review.

  • Kiltsandswords
    2019-04-29 06:40

    This is the first book I have read by this author and in this series. What was interesting was the setting was similar to Jane Austen's society. While reading this book, I saw quite a few similarities to the society that Austen commented upon - the bossy older women, spinsters, young misses. The love story between Nathaniel and Diana was fated to be. Years earlier the BIG MISUNDERSTANDING occurred and the two were separated. I enjoyed how Nate grew as a character and reflected upon his actions in his youth. Diana also transforms. From the lady who is dumped upon by others because she has nothing else in her life and managed by her mother, to a woman who takes charge of who she is and what she wants.This is a quick read and is a great way to spend an afternoon!

  • Catherine (The Sassy Bookster)
    2019-05-16 00:33

    This year my interest in historical romance is at an all-time high and it was fun to start with HOW TO RESCUE A RAKE, especially because the word 'rake' in a title or blurb makes me really interested in watching a ladies' man fall hard for that one woman. Well, that was not exactly the case here, but Nate and Diana's story was no less interesting. The three years that Nathaniel Sherringham spent away from Hawcombe Prior have made a great difference. Gone is the gambler and rogue who gave no thought to the broken hearts he left in his wake and in his place is a successful and respectable businessman, one who still keeps the gossip mill churning, but for different reasons. Nate never got over Diana and her refusal of his marriage proposal three years ago and when their paths cross away from home, he sees a perfect chance for a fresh start with her.Diana Makepiece turned down Nate's drunken proposal because of his shiftless lifestyle and lack of ambition but her heart was broken when he left town without a word. She's the only one of her group still single and has resigned herself to life as a spinster. Her trip to Bath to recuperate from her illness away from her mother's watchful eye gives her a chance to spread her wings and the fortuitous arrival of Nate gives them a second chance.This is my first read from Ms. Fresina and I really enjoyed it. I especially enjoyed Diana's transformation from the meek wallflower to a confident woman, and Nate's growth from an aimless degenerate to a businessman. At the heart of it, this is a sweet second chance story for two people who are perfect for each other. There is an interesting and colorful cast of supporting characters, from Diana's smothering mother whose meddling irritated me to no end, to the boisterous Plumtree sisters who made me laugh and whose stories I look forward to. I haven't read Jane Austen's Persuasion but the references to it have piqued my interest.A caveat to readers: this story is mostly on the slow side, but worth reading to the end.Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Want more? Subscribe to my Newsletter on The Sassy Bookster.Follow me on Twitter | Tumblr | Bloglovin’. Like my page on Facebook.

  • Amy Alvis
    2019-04-23 02:49

    This is book 3 in the Book Club Belles Society.Nate Sherringham has returned to Holcombe Prior having grown up and gotten his life together. He is determined to find a wife. His old flame is still available and he is determined to get her back.Diana Makepiece's heart was broken when Nate left town. Still under the control of her mother, she asks to leave town to visit her cousin in Bath. She doesn't think she can stand watching her former love find a wife.What neither Nate or Diana know is that they will both end up in Bath. Can Nate convience Diana to take a chance with him while she is out from under the watchful eye of her mother?I really liked the conclusion to the Book Club Belles Society series. I'm so glad that Fresina had Diana go to Bath where she could get out from under her mother's influence. I don't think she could have made the story work otherwise.I love the banter that goes on between two people that have known each other for awhile which is the case between Nate and Diana. They knew just the right thing to rile the other one up which most often had me laughing out loud.Bravo to Fresina for such a great conclusion to her series. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!Thanks go out to Sourcebooks via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

  • Jessi
    2019-05-02 07:52

    We've met both Diana and Nate in previous Book Club Belles Society books. And it always seemed that they were destined for each other but we find out it is now three years later and, due to a Big Misunderstanding, the two parted ways. Diana is now firmly on the shelf (although wouldn't she have been at 24 as well?) and a bit meeker, a bit quieter than she used to be. She laments often that her good friend Cathy, the other "quiet" one of the group, has married and left town (well, more sad about the latter and happy for her friend about the former). Captain Nate Sherringham is in town on a piece of business. He's not sure how he got roped into bringing along a rather notorious divorcee (actually, he knows that he's a sucker for helping women) but he's glad that he'll have a chance to show snooty Diana that he's made something of himself. There were misunderstanding on both sides but the two slowly start to realize what those mistakes were and a trip to Bath, where the two meet again and can start anew, might just let them find their HEA.I really vacillated between a three and four-star review on this one. I had a lot of issues with the book (the Bath scenes are a bit drawn out and seem out of character for Diana) but it was overall not out of the way Fresina has framed this series so I think that people who enjoyed the first two books will really enjoy this one as well.

  • Jaci
    2019-05-18 06:27

    Nathaniel is a good natured rogue who has a great life, no responsibilites, just woman and wine. Then he meets the woman of his dreams, but she doesn't take him seriously and rejects him. She is engaged to a staid boring gentleman. Years later he returns and finds that Diana never got married and is now considered an old maid. To his surprise he is still in love with her and will do anything to win her love. So he devises a plan and announces that he plans to marry and wants a woman under the age of 25, of course Diana is 27. She feels humilated, she doesn't want him to pity her. Little does she know that he only wants her. This is the third book in the series, I have not read the first two. I thought Nathaniel was a fun character who grew up and went after what he wanted. The love story is beautiful and I loved the wit and the back and forth between Nathaniel and Diana. There are a lot of other characters in the book that in my opinion cluttered up the book and were unecessary. But overall it was a great book with a nod to "Persuasion" that was orginal while being the same.

  • Teresa
    2019-04-22 00:56

    OK as a spin on Persuasion I could see the comparisons but oh my I think Jane Austen would be spinning in her grave at the thought of Anne Eliott being compared to Diana. She was a 'bit' more forward than Anne would ever be. But on the whole I enjoyed the book and I liked the ending. The first half was a bit slow I thought but once Diana went to Bath the story really picked up and got very exciting. All the way through you couldn't help but compare the characters in this to the ones in Persuasion they were suppose to be. A good enjoyable read to anyone who enjoys Austen.

  • Isha Coleman
    2019-05-15 05:46

    At the moment I can empathize with Nate and Diana. They may be mourning the one that got away, I however am obsessing over the books I have missed in this series. I was blessed to have received an ARC of How to Rescue a Rake from NetGalley and Sourcebooks in exchange for an honest review. This story quickly reminded me why I fell for Darius and Kristina in Before the Kiss. The attention getting mishaps, the comedic feel and the irresistible characters played a huge part. Nate and Diana are amusing and what make this story the treasure that it is. Will have to catch up on this find.

  • Tasha
    2019-04-30 03:27

    Diana has decided that she didn't want to marry though that was all she talked about in the previous books. So she is now firmly on the shelf with nothing but her mother (who is still getting on my nerves complaining) and her book club. Nathaniel is stopping in just to see his sister, Rebecca and his father but of course he looks for Diana because he still can't believe how she rejected him. Diana and he run into each other at the last dance of the season and she runs away before he gets a chance to say anything. They try to avoid each other but fate has other plans. I loved this book too and wish the author would tell the other 2 book club members (single one's) story too. LOVED IT!

  • Serita
    2019-04-25 02:46

    I really liked Nathaniel and Diana got better as the book went on. The second half of the book was way better than the first.

  • Gina
    2019-05-20 01:43

    2 - 1/2 stars

  • etherealfire
    2019-05-09 05:29

    My Kindle e-book

  • Stevie Carroll
    2019-05-13 04:44

    Previously reviewed on The Good, The Bad, and The Unread:I’ve been enjoying this series of romances inspired by Jane Austen’s novels, and I’m very sorry to see that this may be the last of them – at least for now. On the other hand, we have now reached Persuasion in our reading, along with the ladies of the Book Club Belles, and that’s a novel I’m almost as fond of as Pride and Prejudice. Once again there are a lot of similarities between the two stories we follow, and it was fun spotting those as well as the shout-outs to past events in this series.Like Anne Elliot in Persuasion, Diana Makepiece and her mother are living in reduced circumstances in spite of having wealthy relatives. Diana’s mother eloped with an unsuitable admirer, who subsequently died, and now the pair live mostly on the money they make tutoring the young ladies of the village. Diana has two failed love affairs behind her – she rejected Nat Sherringham mainly on her mother’s advice and broke of her engagement to a supposedly more worthy suitor, because she didn’t feel they would make a good match – but now she’s resigned to life as a spinster.When Nat returns to the village, with his new-found riches and in search of a wife, Diana is sceptical, especially as she believes he intends to propose to one of her younger friends. Nat, meanwhile, is still smarting from what he believes was Diana’s failure to respond to a love note he sent her three years earlier – a note it transpires that Diana knows nothing about. The pair run into each other in a series of mishaps, but never quite manage to resolve their differences, before Diana is invited to stay with wealthy relatives in Bath. Nat, meanwhile, has been talked into escorting a scandalous lady – rumoured by some to be his mistress – to that same city in order that she can stay there as companion to the one relative who hasn’t turned her away.Nat and Diana’s paths continue to cross in Bath, and they both cause scandal: Nat by his inability to refuse help to any lady appearing to need it and Diana by her determination to speak her mind and no longer care what her mother might think, should she hear. We get to meet yet more intriguing secondary characters, some of whom get deserved happy endings and all of whom serve to show Diana different sides of life to those she has experienced before.I’m very much hoping that this isn’t really the end of the series, as there seem to be more Austen books that could be tackled and more Book Club Belles that might need adventures and happy endings. I’m also going to miss the exploits of Sit Mortimer Grubbins, the wayward pig. Definitely a series that merits rereading a time or three.

  • Marsha Spohn
    2019-04-29 01:42

    Reviewed at Keeper BookshelfDiana is a child of her times. She follows the rules, she listens to her overbearing, overly strict mother even when it’s the last thing she should have done. Nathaniel is a rake through and through – right up until the moment he realized that Diana was the one woman for him. He proposed, perhaps foolishly considering his reputation, and has his heart broken at Diana’s refusal and her scathing words (taken directly from her mother’s influence). Even in the pain of rejection, Nate does realize some truths in Diana’s words – and sets out to make some changes.Almost three years after Dina’s rejection Nate has returned to her home town. a far different man from the rake the town and Diana had known. Now a wealthy man, Nate has never forgotten his love and perhaps to stir things up makes an outrageous declaration to the town – and their eligible misses. In spite of her answer, Diana has always cared for Nate and to watch the ladies fawn over him in order to be considered for the position of his bride was simply too much. When an escape to Bath was offered Diana gratefully took it never realizing that the time away from her mother’s influence would change her life. Nate is also headed for Bath, and with determination and charm intends to win over the woman he loves.As the ladies of the Book Club Belle Society take up Jane Austen’s newest novel, Persuasion, they never thought that the events in the life of one of their own would be running an almost parallel course in the pursuit of love.I have enjoyed all of the stories in this series, and it was delightful to see Nate and Diana finally get their happy ever after ending – even if it took years and a lot of changes for them both. It was heartwarming to watch Diana grow into a smart, lovely woman. Beyond the influence of her mother, once she began to think for herself as to what was right for her and not society’s rules she became free to truly love Nate for exactly what he was – the man who loved her back. Often times with a smile or chuckle, sometimes with a bit of vision blurred because of tears, always with a sense of these two belonged together if only they would just take the risk (looking at you Diana). How To Rescue A Rake is a fun, charming and satisfying story that will capture your heart.*I received an e-ARC of How To Rescue A Rake from the publisher, Sourcebooks Casablanca and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

  • Book Gannet
    2019-04-29 06:53

    Jane Austen’s Persuasion is one of my favourite books. I am an enormous fan of Austen anyway, but Persuasion has an added touch of melancholy and romance that gets me every time. I can certainly see why an author might like to base their own tale on that one, adding a few more modern twists here and there. That’s okay, I can appreciate and even enjoy that. However, I don’t need to be constantly reminded about it by having great chunks of Persuasion scattered throughout the text. Yes, yes, it’s all very clever and look how this story is mirroring that, and oh, she’s just like Anne Elliot isn’t she? Except she’s not and it isn’t clever, it’s just annoying and reduced my enjoyment of this book considerably.Which is a shame, because if it hadn’t been for the constant smacks around the head with the other book, I could have really enjoyed this – although a few less Persuasion moments might have been nice, the fall in particular felt really unnecessary for this plot. The opening half is really quite melancholy, with Diana feeling all hopeless and old and overlooked, and Nate likewise feeling hurt and confused and not knowing what he wants. Nate is an unrepentant charmer while Diana is brisk and brusque and does everything she can to be mean to him. If the story had carried on in this vein it might have sunk beneath its own hopelessness.Thankfully Bath comes to the rescue! I loved how Diana was transformed away from her mother. True, her cousin Elizabeth is awful and tries to drag her constantly downwards, but she nevertheless manages to blossom and I liked seeing that. I also liked how Nate listens to her. He’s actually pretty sweet and the way he loves Diana is all kinds of adorable.The whole seduction moment felt a little out of place with the rest of the slow build up and careful Persuasion reenactments, but overall I liked how their romance progressed and they finally sorted out their feelings for one another. Even if Diana could have tried to be a little nicer more often. On the whole, though, this is sweet. It’s my first read from this author, but I don’t think it will be my last.(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

  • Nikita
    2019-05-14 01:45

    HOW TO RESCUE A RAKE is a romantic story about broken hearts and second chances. Closely mirroring many elements of Jane Austen's PERSUASION, the hero and heroine of HOW TO RESCUE A RAKE, Nathaniel Sherringham and Diana Makepiece were once friends with strong, but hidden, feelings for one another. Until Nathaniel made a inebriated marriage proposal to Diana which Diana's mother convinces her to refuse. Though intoxicated, Nathaniel's proposal was sincere and he leaves the village quite brokenhearted. Fast forward three years. Diana has become a shadow of herself, always cow towing to the wishes of her domineering mother instead of expressing her own desires of opinions. Nathaniel is back, rich, and looking for a bride. In a fit of wounded pique, he declares his bride must be no older than 25, even though Diana is now 27. The plot which then follows loosely mirrors that of PERSUASION, so I would suggest readers be at least a little familiar with that wonderful novel as it would enhance a reader's enjoyment of HOW TO RESCUE A RAKE.Diana and Nathaniel are like peanut butter and jelly. Diana is quiet and introverted. Nathaniel is outgoing and boisterous. Together, they are a wonderful match - Nathaniel is able to bring Diana out of her shell and Diana's calm nature helps bring peace to Nathaniel's race-about lifestyle. Ms. Fresina does a marvelous job showing exactly why these two lovers are perfect for each other, despite their polar opposite personalities. I loved that this was a story about second chances. It was so painful at first to see Diana so wounded by Nathaniel's callous comments about what he wanted in a bride. Yet, I could understand that Nathaniel was just trying to protect himself too; of course, we also got to see that Nathaniel didn't really mean his hurtful words. He wanted Diana three years ago and he wants her still.I think readers can definitely relate to many of the characters in this novel and the experiences they go through. I highly recommend reading this novel, especially for fans of Jan Austen!I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Plot Twist Reviews [dot] Com

  • Rosa
    2019-05-19 03:34

    This was my favorite in the group.

  • Alexandra Preston
    2019-05-01 01:32

    I really liked this book! But to be fair I'm not sure how much of that came from the book itself being funny and intriguing vs it being an almost direct plot copy of Persuasion. (I love Persuasion!) I really enjoyed the character of Diana throughout most of the book. I found her engaging and I liked that she was misunderstood as cold and aloof when really she wasn't. I liked that she struggled with her emotions and I liked that she had depth. However at the end of the book, within the last 40 pages or so, she (view spoiler)[ undergoes such a huge personality change I really wanted to shout at the book "who the f*** are you?!?". Needless to say I was not fond of the "growth" she had. She went from an intelligent, smart, misunderstood woman to a impetuous child.(hide spoiler)] Sherry I can't quite make up my mind on. I loved him on the one hand because of what I read during his internal monologues. He was devoted (though honestly I'm not quite sure what inspired such a deep devotion, but I digress) and he was funny and he was determined. All qualities that I like. However, because of what he actually said, I pretty much hate him. He was rude and condescending, not kind towards Diana. So, I'm not really sure what caused her to come round to him in the end. And while I do love Persuasion and I think the author was clever about inventing a reason that passages of it should end up in her book I also think that there was way too much of this book padded with quotes pulled from Jane Austin's novel. I guess bottom line, was that it was an enjoyable read. Just not because of its own merit but rather because of copying from Jane Austin. It wasn't original, but it was cleverly done. My biggest complaint is Diana's behavior at the end of the book. What happened to you Diana!? I miss the old you.

  • Jan
    2019-05-13 04:37

    At the advanced age of 27, Diana Makepiece has just broken her engagement to her mother’s favored suitor. She often thinks of Nathaniel, her previous beau, who abandoned her to go off to war 3 years ago. Diana’s life revolves around appeasing her mother, making ends meet, disappearing into the woodwork losing her formerly vivacious self in the process, and her respite meetings with her book group. Diana attends the Manderson assembly to chaperone her dear friend’s stepdaughter. Tortured by the remains of a cold, a headache, and the town’s most voluble gossip, Diana assumes the evening couldn’t get any worse…until Captain Nathaniel Sherrington returns out of the blue. After a few meetings in village activities, his presence is more than she can bear. She accepts an invitation to Bath to visit her snobbish cousin Elizabeth.‘Sherry’ is ready to turn over a new leaf and be a responsible adult, and he wonders why Diana never answered his letter. He plans to finish escorting a friend to Bath, establish himself, and find a way to invest his hard-earned savings. In Bath, Sherry and Diana are thrown together away from the eyes of their home village, and their relationship begins to grow. Several backstories are revealed adding depth to the story. Spirited women, engaging characters make for a very enjoyable addition to the series.Authors who might appeal to readers of How To Rescue a Rake are: Grace Burrowes, Julia Quinn, Johanna Lindsey, Stephanie Laurens, Eloisa James, Elizabeth Hoyt, Mary Balogh.Book Club Belles Society #3Disclaimer: advance copy provided by the publisher.

  • Daisy
    2019-05-19 01:55

    It is no secret that I have lots of love for Jane Austen and will forever give retellings of her wonderful stories a chance. But I had not realised this would be a sort of retelling and it was a very pleasant surprise!I really liked Diana, she's smart and she knows what she wants and while I would sometimes like her to be a little less sensible, cause it doesn't really lead to kissing usually, I did like her having a decent head on her shoulders. The thing I didn't like so much was that she was so easily influenced by other people into doing the 'proper' thing, like starting to wear a lace cap and everything, I mean, can you say horrendous? I did really appreciate seeing her grow and become her own person. It's kinda sad that she had to leave home and mostly her mother to accomplish this, but she did it and it was wonderful to see!And Nate, Nate is my kind of hero, he's very alpha male, and he's also very loyal and caring and just YES. I loved how he would try and look foolish just to get Diana to smile and how he encourages her to share more of herself with the world because he likes her and watns to hear what she has to say. And together these two were just *HAPPY SIGH*. I loved it. There were sparks and I had tears in my eyes at times and it was basically Jane Austen but with more kissing! Also, for a historical romance, How To Rescue a Rake was actually pretty clean up until the last couple of chapters. But there are LOOKS and banter and TENSION and it was just so, SO good!My rating: 5 stars

  • Dot Salvagin
    2019-04-26 05:38

    This novel is based on the Jane Austen novel Persuasion. Ms. Fresina liberally peppers the book with quotes from this classic. Nate Sherringham was cruelly rejected when he proposed to Diana Makepiece three years ago. He left Hawcombe Prior to heal his wounded heart and make something of himself. Diana, did love Nate but thought him too frivolous and unsettled to marry him and he left town without even a “good-bye” which made her furious. We have the couple three years later still angry. Nate is angry because he was summarily rejected and Diana is angry still because she thinks him a flirt and immature. They are both in high dungeon but at the same time overwhelmingly attracted to one another. There is a scheming mother who we dislike for her interference and then she redeems herself by books end.Ms Fresina has given us marvelous characterization with scenes that ring true to the Regency Era. Because of the addition of the Austen’ quotes we can see the comparison to that classic work. We are treated to a follow-up of the members of the Book Club Belles Society that we have met in preceding books. I can recommend this book to HR fans. This is a standalone novel with reference to past books in the series.I received this book free for review from the publisher.

  • Laura
    2019-04-25 04:34

    Really enjoyable and fun. This book was basically written for me. It is Austen's Persuasion themed, and hits many of the same plot beats, but not quite a retelling, in the best way. Characters are shifted for different purposes and motivations aren't the same so while they may not be twists if you are familiar with Persuasion, it is not the same old, same old. Spinsters/Wallflowers being treated poorly is exactly my favorite flavor of angst, and the hero being somewhat callous and cruel before he realizes it is unwarranted and recants is just perfect for me. I haven't read anything else by this author so I wasn't familiar with the larger cast of characters. That didn't really hold me back, although it did mean that I had less sympathy for them when they did things like abandon their friend in the rain even though she had recently been in ill health. I quite enjoyed that it straddled the line between a sweet romance and a steamy one. Erotica would have felt very out of place in what was one of the best Austen pastiches I've read in a modern romance novel. The leads think non-sweet thoughts, and there is some activity pretty late in the book, but it really fits the overall mood and I appreciated that.