John Fairgate is torn by the fact that he'll inherit the title of baron upon his uncle’s death. Especially given that his uncle insists that he give up ornithology and marry a childhood acquaintance. The first request, John will honor no matter how much he hates the idea. But marrying a shrew who makes his skin crawl, he simply cannot do. Meeting Miss Francesca Hartwell at the zoo has given him other ideas for a wife. But she’s not titled or wealthy. How will John be able to convince his uncle that she’s the woman of his heart?
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This was my very first time reading a Regency type romance novel. I will admit I never was sure if I would enjoy them as I am not a huge history person. When Ruth apprached me to ask if I would review this book I thought why not? can't hurt right? So I said yes and here is what I thought about the book.
First off I did have to get used to the way the characters spoke in that time. I am not sure when it was that it took place but it took place in a day with people of Titles and a big "class" separation. Francesca has grown up around cats, BIG cats as her father is a Zoo worker. Her mother left when she was 9 years old, she ran away with a man and not just any man a Earl. This is the backdrop to understand where Francesca's fathers dislike for people/men with a title comes from. Francesca spends her time talking with the cats at the zoo but has to stay on the outside of the cages during the day, at...
Grab a cup of tea and Romance at the Royal Menagerie, and be prepared to be transported back in time to find love in London. Ruth J. Hartman weaves romance, chivalry and her love of cats into her latest romance where the lovely Francesca, helps her father at the Lion's Tower. While Francesca hopes to find love, she has made a promise to her father that could keep her from finding true happiness. When she meets the handsome Mr. Fairgate, Francesca finds herself falling for his charms, but is he who he claims to be, will he think Francesca is crazy for cats or just a crazy cat woman? Romance at the Royal Menagerie will delight readers with love and laughter and a few surprises!
Francesca Hartwell adores cats of every kind. Lions, leopards, tigers. And they all love her. Good thing she gets to see them every day, since her father is their caregiver in the Tower of London's Royal Menagerie. She'd love to find a man with whom she could share her love of animals, but so far, no one has stolen her heart. And there's the added snag that whoever she marries must not have anything to do with nobility, as her mother had left her and her father for an earl.
John Fairgate has three rules given to him by his uncle. Inherit the title of baron upon his uncle's death. Give up ornithology. And marry a childhood acquaintance. The first two, John will abide by, but won't like. But the third, marrying a shrew who makes his skin crawl, he simply cannot do. Meeting Miss Francesca Hartwell at the zoo, however, has given him other ideas for a wife. But she's not titled or wealthy. How will he be able to convince his uncle that she's the woman of his heart?
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