His Yankee Bride by Rose Gordon

May 9th, 2013 kimbacaffeinate Review 36 Comments

9th May
His Yankee Bride by Rose Gordon
His Yankee Bride
by Rose Gordon
Series: Banks Brothers Brides #2
Genres: Historical Romance
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

At nineteen John Banks decides to board a ship bound for America—oblivious of who he'll find when he arrives. Having grown up on a large indigo plantation, the expressive and possibly overdramatic, Carolina Ellis can hardly wait to see what the gentlemen of Charleston will be like. But alas, they were not what she'd been hoping for. Ball after ball and dance after dance, Carolina is disappointed time and again. Then she sees him...Boston and Philadelphia held no appeal to John, so on a suggestion from a friend, he headed south to the booming town of Charleston, South Carolina. Not meaning to become the center of attention, John becomes exactly that when he walks right into the largest social event of the year dressed like nothing more than a poor drifter. So what is a penniless man to do when in such a situation? The only thing he can do: rely on his sense of humor to extinguish the tension. Immediately, Carolina takes a shine to this unusual man and his equally unusual humor and is determined she will do whatever it takes to marry him—Southern aristocracy be damned.

I have always been drawn to tales that take place in early American history and Rose Gordon takes us on a tale to Charleston and introduces us to the funniest heroine I have ever met and the poor English chap she sets her sights on. His Yankee Bride was a delightful, hilarious romance that is sure to entertain. I did not real the first book in this series, but each book contains a new couple.

The tale begins when we meet John Banks the third son of a Baron, who does not want to enter the military or be a barrister so he decides to become a clergyman. At only nineteen he is feeling restless and his brother encourages him to travel before settling down. Carolina Ellis is the daughter of an Indigo plantation owner and is visiting Charleston with her mother in the hopes of finding a husband. She finds the men of Charleston to be boring and life as a plantation wife does not appeal to her. When John arrives at a large social event dressed like a British drifter she is immediately drawn to him and sets her sights on him. John has already decided he wants a meek and modest wife and Carolina is anything but! The tale that unfolds was hilarious as Carolina relentlessly pursues John.

Carolina is unique, sweet, bold and downright hilarious in her pursuit of John. I almost felt sorry for this young, naïve man. The interaction between them had me giggling as Carolina sought the advice of her friend, brother and the slave who treats her better than her opinionated mother. Gordon skillfully weaved in characters of the period with their opinions and southern ways them feel both original and fleshed out.

While the tale focuses on Carolina’s pursuit of John, the author gives us a strong sense of the political climate, life on a plantation in the south and slavery. The tale has a delightful pace as the romance slowly builds and we get a few steamy scenes. The romance itself felt genuine even with Carolina’s outlandish comments to John. She tell him he wants to marry her he just doesn’t know it! John admits he is attracted to her but not as a vicar’s wife. There is a little heat, a little scandal and a whole lot of laughter. What works regarding Carolina is that she is genuine, has a pure heart and you cannot help but embrace her. I quickly consumed this and enjoyed myself immensely

Fans of Regency and historical romances that are heavy on the sweet, with a little heat will enjoy His Yankee Bride and the Banks Brother’s Bride series.

Three and half cups of British coffee out of five
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

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36 Responses to “His Yankee Bride by Rose Gordon”

  1. Barbara Walker

    Ooh, the scandalous hussy is showing her legs and above the knees too! That dress…swoon. I’m so glad you enjoyed this – I love historical romance authors who give their characters fabulous senses of humor. This sounds cute. Great review, chica!

  2. Melissa (Books and Things)

    Oh I haven’t read too many historical romance set in this time period. Plus, she was funny? Total WIN! So needing to add this one to the wishlist! That list is huge!! 😀

  3. kimbacaffeinate

    ha…no pretty sure I meant tea..we Americans love it, but of course I always keep tea, and energy drinks on hand for all of my peeps!

  4. Lark

    I love tea! “Robin” (my daughter) and I often have tea in the afternoon, and I read to her. (Yes, even now that she’s college-age.) It’s one of the best parts of our day.

  5. Ana

    This sounds good and funny! I do like romance with humour. 🙂 I think I’ll pick this up sometime. 😀

  6. Lark

    Sounds fun as well as funny! And it’s nice to see a historical that isn’t a British regency (much as I love those.) But surely you meant 3 1/2 cups of tea! 😉

  7. Trish Hannon

    Oh! look I can comment on my computer here for the first time ever! Yay! Sounds fun, I love historical novels and they are not often fun so I love that this one sounds witty.

  8. candacerobinson

    Well I love a hilarious leading lady! I would read this for that alone! It sounds like a delightful read!

  9. Anna

    I’ve got this series on my tbr list. I love a heroine like that and the mixing of American and British characters. Those are always so entertaining.

  10. Heidi

    The cover whore in me would read this just because I like the cover. Glad that it proved to fun as well. Oh boy some more challenges. I have got to try and make time on Saturday. My company leaves Monday morning and I really need to dig out. So behind on blogging!

  11. Christy (Love of Books)

    I love that dress she has on! I’m behind on blogging too (I see Heidi’s comment). I’m starting to almost get behind and I’m not liking that. Anyway, one of these days I’ll read one of historical romances you like so much.

  12. kindlemom1

    I think this is one that I would really like! I love this time in our history as well and lets face it, the clothing was gorgeous, maybe not comfortable but gorgeous!
    I love that the heroine is feisty and funny. I think I would like her.

  13. Turning the Pages

    I love a good historical romance. It’s my go to genre and always has been. I’m going to have to check this series out. Great review!

  14. A Belle's Tales

    I love this cover – that dress is gorgeous! This sounds really good, Kimba; and I love a funny heroine. Awesome review, my dear! Have a great weekend <3

  15. Lauren

    The funniest heroine you’ve ever met? I have to meet her! 🙂 I love the occasional Regency, so this will be on my radar for future. Fabulous review!