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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Most Improper Miss Sophie Valentine by Jayne Fresina

Miss Sophia Title: The Most Improper Miss Sophie Valentine

Author: Jayne Fresina

ISBN: 978-1-4022-6597-6

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Format: Mass Market Paperback

$6.99 U.S./£4.99 UK

Release Date: June 2012

How I Read It: Mass Market Arc from publisher

Rating: 2 Crowns

“Wanted: one husband, not too particular. Small dowry, several books, sundry furnishings, and elderly aunt included. Idlers, timewasters, and gentlemen with other attachments need not apply.” –Miss Sophie Valentine


Sophie Valentine knew placing an ad for a husband in the Farmer’s Gazette would bring her trouble—and she was right. When the darkly handsome, arrogantly charming Lazarus Kane shows up on her doorstep, the nosy residents of Sydney Dovedale are thrown into a gossiping tizzy. After all, it’s common knowledge that Sophie is a young lady In Need of Firmer Direction. But even Sophie isn’t so scandalous as to marry a complete stranger…is she?


Lazarus Kane had been searching for Sophie half of his life. She may not remember him, but he could never forget her. The night he first laid eyes on his wayward angel is burned into his memory, but the past is a dangerous thing. And it’s best if his remains secret if he wants to tempt Sophie with…

(from the back of the arc)

My Thoughts:

Strong-willed heroine embarrasses family by placing an advert for a husband in the Farmer’s Gazette. Tall, dark, and handsome hero, with a murky past, answers advert because she is the woman that he has searching for for the past ten years. Hero and heroine are attracted to each other although a flame from the heroine’s past decides to try to rekindle past relationship. Finally, after what seems like an eternity, the hero and heroine get their act together. Add in a crazy aunt, an insufferable sister-in-law, and a brother deep in debt and you have The Most Improper Miss Sophie Valentine.

This novel had potential, I mean when a strong-willed and utterly determined heroine takes out an advert for a husband the plot could soar. However, the ‘strong-willed and utterly determined’ heroine comes off as immature an annoying. Seriously, what almost thirty-year-old woman climbs trees? And the plot was just sort of flat. I waited for something interesting to happen and it never really did.

The hero wasn’t all that appealing either, when he was trying to seduce Sophie into marrying him he was thinking of how to seduce Sophie.

This just was just not my cuppa tea! Perhaps it might be yours.


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