LANDLORD was a wonderful Regency adventure. (It is actually a
historical novel set in the Regency period.) The characters were
just heroic enough that they came across as both warmly human and
singularly unique. The reader can cheer through their initial
backbiting and later problems, and easily finds herself swept
along on a roller coaster ride of excitement that ends all too
quickly. Another plus was that the villains were actual
three-dimensional people, not the stereotypical people-cutouts
that serve as antagonists in some novels. The ending is poignant
and eminently satisfying -- a sure bet for anyone who enjoys the
sweeter side of historical romance.
Packed full of
action, emotional drama and, of course, romance, THE RELUCTANT
LANDLORD is wonderful proof of Ms. Knight's talents at both
characterization and setting. Readers should watch this gifted
author -- she is a star in the making.
Whenever I think
of the Regency romance, the names Mary Balogh and Carla Kelly come
easily to mind. Susanne Marie Knight, a name not familiar to many,
pens THE RELUCTANT LANDLORD; a wonderful story that is sure to
touch the hearts of Regency fans, and establish her as one of the
rising stars of the Regency romance....
LANDLORD is a delightful Regency romp which will titillate with
its diverse and well-created characters. Both Quentin and Katrina
are well-developed. Quentin, at first cold and angry with the
world, slowly becomes a man who recognizes the importance of love.
Katrina, cautious about caring, leans the importance of loyalty
Quentin and Katrina, Ms. Knight creates a menagerie of secondary
characters that is unique and memorable. The Dowager, Aunt Hattie,
and the evil Therese, come quickly to mind. Four-year-old Freddy
also stands out, as we watch him move from a quiet, scared boy to
a vibrant energetic individual bubbling with laughter.
characterization, a perfect sense of the Regency era, and a
well-developed plot makes THE RELUCTANT LANDLORD one of the best
Regency romances I've read so far for the year. Ms. Knight is a
Ms. Knight has
written yet another enjoyable romp illustrating the development of
an unlikely relationship between two opposites. Her quirky sense
of humor and endearing characters provide hours of reading
pleasure, along with a fast moving plot written smoothly and
seemingly without effort. Well-rounded characters, while
thoroughly likeable, are not without their faults, which serve to
add compelling back-story and character development beneath the
talents of Ms. Knight's pen. She has once again delivered with THE
LANDLORD is a well-written book which contains very good
characterizations. If you like brooding heroes, this is a book for
you. The Earl has been betrayed by his dead wife and his mother
and is very distrustful of women. Katrina, an independent woman
for her time, has experienced abuse from her gambler father and
has her own issues to deal with. It is wonderful to see their
relationship grow. THE RELUCTANT LANDLORD is the third book
that I have read by this author, but hopefully it won't be the
last. I truly enjoyed all of Ms. Knight's books, and will be
looking for her other titles. I only hope she writes more
5 Stars! Very enjoyable! I have
to be honest and admit that I found this title to be a fascinating
read. The characters I felt are used perfectly. The whole idea of
the story was superbly written. I love the culture and the way
that the spoken words are so clearly illustrated, this
brings the best out of each character. This novel comes highly
recommended. I will certainly be purchasing more works from this
Through her late
father's propensity for gambling and dissipation, Miss Katrina
Jones and her great-aunt Hattie lose their home in Suffolk and
travel to London where Katrina hopes to earn a living as a
silhouette artist. Aunt Hattie's old friend, the Dowager Countess
of Udall, leases them a house on Mincing Lane. Quentin Thornhill,
the present earl, is unaware that the deed to the house he has
come to inspect was delivered to his mother, or that respectable
ladies have taken up residence in his new love nest. Faced with
Miss Jones in the parlor while Miss Dufay waits in his carriage,
the earl is a frustrated man, not a good state for a
short-tempered lord to be in. When Katrina won't be bought off
with a bag of coins, he rants at her about eviction, takes his
leave, and dismisses his caterwauling mistress before ever having
sampled her wares.
Meanwhile, Quentin's luck goes from bad to worse when his
brother's widow moves in to make another of her periodic attempts
to snare him. He only tolerates her because he loves his nephew
Freddie--a weakness she's not above exploiting.
Through a series of blunders on Quentin's part, he and Katrina are
found in a compromising position, yet he's beginning to think
that's not an altogether bad thing. She is nothing like other
women who have caused him so much misery. As for Katrina, new and
different feelings are stirring beneath her fears of the earl.
Dare she take a chance on marriage?
Katrina quickly elicits liking and respect; her life hasn't been
easy, but she retains her honesty and optimism. Quentin's
character is more complex--his kinder side takes longer to appear.
The author deftly portrays a relationship that goes from battling
to lively to warm, and four-year-old Freddie is a heart-grabbing
THE RELUCTANT LANDLORD shows us once again that the path of true
love seldom runs smooth. Quentin and Trina face conflict after
conflict. Some are the result of the differences between an
innocent country girl and a disillusioned man of the world. Some
are caused by the evil intentions of others. In either case, they
make for intriguing situations.
For a well-wrought plot about lives gone wrong, love, redemption
and just desserts, I recommend THE RELUCTANT LANDLORD.
LANDLORD] is a lighthearted romance... There are a lot of
obstacles in the Earl and Katrina's path before they can find true
love. Fortunately, the Earl is a man used to getting his own way
and sweeps aside anyone who tries to thwart him. Though he is
formidable, he is still rather a likable character. Susanne Marie
Knight wrote the characters well and it is evident that they are
thoroughly thought out. They interact with each other superbly and
this makes them all the more interesting.
Knight clearly knows her historical period: In THE RELUCTANT
LANDLORD, she gives her Regency heroine an interesting but unique
occupation in keeping with the times.... A surprising plot twist
forges Katrina and Quentin's tenuous connection...
5 Stars! I
thoroughly enjoyed The Reluctant Landlord and would recommend it
for anybody to buy. For an American using the old English language
like in the book, I think she must be an English immigrant. After
reading this book I am looking forward to reading another of her
Ms. Knight has
created a traditional Regency that is intriguing and full of
twists and turns for the hero.