Friday, May 29, 2015

Blog Tour: Hohenstein by Didi Lawson

Anything but a typical aristocrat, young Baroness Marie-Louise is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and get to work, especially when it comes to saving her ancestral estate. Determined to shake loose the shackles of propriety and gain the warm family life her upbringing denied her, she has vowed to marry a man of lower rank. Blue-bloods need not apply.

But when she is forced to turn to a childhood friend for assistance, the handsome, debonair count may prove a temptation impossible to resist. Marie-Louise soon finds herself caught between the comfort of a middle-class doctor and the passion of a nobleman, with the future of her childhood home at stake.

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 Didi Lawson exchanged her town car for a pick-up truck and learned to operate a tractor when she and her husband moved from Arizona to a farm in Missouri where she now weaves her tales. Her love for writing started early in life when she entertained her friends with her stories, won prizes for her essays in high school, and wrote road shows and poems for the youth group in her church.

She enjoys the outdoors, her children and ten grandchildren, and keeps an active social calendar.

Hohenstein is an historic romance set in Germany about a young baroness who returns home to the ancestral castle, only to find it in a state of disrepair. Unable to secure funds to restore her beloved home to its original state, she is forced to get creative to come up with funds when she is unable to access her inheritance due to her father's qualifications that she either be married or reach 25 years of age. In her attempts to try and secure the means to support herself and her aunt, she comes across two handsome young men, a doctor and a count. Will love blossom during her quest to save her home? Read to find out.

I am going to give this book four stars. Author Did Lawson has done an excellent job of portraying not only her characters, but the locations her story is set in. Everything is believable. I give it only four stars because there is one character who made me so mad in the first quarter of the book that I was ready to burn it. But I got over it and finished the book, which turned out well. I still think that one character needed a HUGE slap in the face, that he didn't get, but I am glad he got what he did in the end.  And the twist near the end was also very unexpected. Not going to share what it is, but it was definitely unexpected.

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