Tremaine’s True Love
Book 1 in the True Gentlemen series
Author Grace Burrowes
Narrated by James Langton
Published By Tantor Media
Publication date Jun 6, 2017
Running time 10 hrs 24 min
I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Wealthy wool magnate Tremaine St. Michael is half French, half Scottish, and all business. He prowls the world in search of more profits, rarely settling in one place for long. When he meets practical, reserved Lady Nita Haddonfield, he sees an opportunity to mix business with pleasure by making the lady his own.
Nita Haddonfield has a meaningful life tending to others, though nobody is dedicated to caring for Nita. She insists the limitations of marriage aren’t for her, then Tremaine St. Michael arrives—protective, passionate, and very, very determined to win Nita’s heart. https://tantor.com/tremaines-true-love-grace-burrowes.html
As a boy, Tremaine and his brother were left with their maternal grandfather in Scotland to keep them safe for the French Revolution. For this reason, Tremaine has a hard time trusting woman and doesn’t relish being cold. But, what is really important here are the social issues the book throws into stark relief. Also, that many of these issues are the same we are still working on today: Women’s rights, new ideas in medicine, bi-sexuality, double standards, prostitution and children in poverty.
Most romance novels come with at least one or more of these themes, but this one manages to explore each of these and even shows how one issue works its way into others: the double standard by gender for extra-marital sex and how that affects childhood poverty. Another is the marriage contract and here it is all wrapped up with sheep and almost causes a disaster!
Also, Burrowes has quite obviously done a lot of research into agricultural practice, particularly as it pertains to sheep. I respect that as a reader and always feel I have learned something.
Burrowes presents the world of the titled, and otherwise well-off, in a balanced light: not all the men are heroes, not all the women are virgins and retiring. There are villains and minor damage is even caused in helping the poor by ignorance.
One aspect of the story that is important is the battle over Nita exposing herself and her family to contagions; it is here the double standard is expressed as protective. It is an interesting quandary, and even today medical professionals and others face this danger.
James Langton does a great job, especially on the male voices and accents. With women he has slightly less range.
I liked how Burrowes explored these issues and still had some fun with the story, even when it became dramatic.
It is a good listen and overlaps nicely with her Jaded Gentlemen series.