Review: Finding Miss McFarland by Vivienne Lorret

Posted August 20, 2014 by Sherri in Reviews / 7 Comments

Review: Finding Miss McFarland by Vivienne Lorret
Finding Miss McFarland by Vivienne Lorret
Series: Wallflower Weddings #3
Genres: Fiction, General, Historical, Regency, Romance
Published by Harper Collins on 2014-08-05
Format: eARC
Pages: 300
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
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Book Description:

Book Description:
Delaney McFarland is on the hunt for a husband—preferably one who needs her embarrassingly large dowry more than a dutiful wife. After the unspeakable incident at her debut, Delaney knows marrying for love is off the table, but a marriage of convenience—one that leaves her free to live the life she chooses—is the next best thing, never mind what that arrogant, devilishly handsome Mr. Croft thinks. Delaney plans to marry for money … or not at all.

Ever since the fiery redhead burst into his life—in a most memorable way—Griffin Croft hasn't been able to get Miss McFarland out of his mind. Now, with the maddening woman determined to hand over her fortune to a rake, Griffin knows he must step in. He must help her. He must not kiss her. But when Griffin's noble intentions flee in a moment of unexpected passion, his true course becomes clear: tame Delaney's wild heart and save her from a fate worse than death … a life without love.

Reviewed by: Sherri

She would trust a stranger with her fortune, but she wouldn’t trust the man she claimed to love with her heart.

Why I Choose this Book:  I absolutely adored this cover! Typically historical romances feature pastels and this with it bright yellow and red just drew my eye. Oh, and the hunky guy without the shirt didn’t hurt either.

Short and Sweet Summary: An enjoyable historical that has a classic historical romance story line; girl must marry, male must produce heir and the two main protagonists end up wanting what they said they didn’t.

The Courtship:  In what has to be the most memorable introduction of two characters, Delaney McFarland creates “an incident” while being introduced to Griffin Croft (and no I’m not saying).  But I can say that having suffered a similar incident in my life; on the receiving end mind you,  let’s just say it is something not easily forgotten and definitely leaves an impression.

What I Liked:  Delaney is independent, stubborn, passionate and has a clear vision of what she wants her life to be.  She is determined to live it her way and under her own terms.  Griffin is a bachelor that will be inheriting a dukedom and is being pressured to find a wife and beget an heir.  The two characters are well written and believable with solid reasons for not wanting attachments.  But when the two are together there is an attraction that is hard for them to deny and makes them question their original intent.  Also memorable are the characters sisters; they are just too darn clever and there matchmaking efforts made me smile.  I’m hoping we see more of their plotting in the future.

What I didn’t Like:  There are a couple of story threads that left me going “huh.” Mainly, I just didn’t understand Delaney’s cousins and the viciousness that they had against her and I also wanted more interactions with the other Wallflowers.  They are mentioned but dialog between them is very limited.

The Recap:  Overall, Finding Miss McFarland is a cute read. It does have some wonderful banter between the two characters and Delaney’s ability to totally drive Griffin crazy is amusing. His speech near the end of the book is so heartfelt and endearing I wanted to hug him.  He is not an alpha male, but the perfect beta.  Finding Miss McFarland is part of a series but it can be read as stand alone. 

7 responses to “Review: Finding Miss McFarland by Vivienne Lorret

    • They are one of my favorite genres as well Linda. Probably because it was the first type of romance novel I read. Thanks for stopping by.

  1. Janie McGaugh

    Interesting review. I liked the cover, too; it has a touch of an old-fashioned feel to it.