“Soldier Victor Bramwell, the newly minted Earl of Rycliff, is trying to get a new command after being badly injured during battle. His travels take him and his companions to Spindle Cove. Sir Lewis Finch, a friend of Bram's father, promises to help Bram get a command if he can put together a...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Soldier Victor Bramwell, the newly minted Earl of Rycliff, is trying to get a new command after being badly injured during battle. His travels take him and his companions to Spindle Cove. Sir Lewis Finch, a friend of Bram's father, promises to help Bram get a command if he can put together a militia for Spindle Cove. The only problem is Spindle Cove is predominately inhabited by women. Susanna Finch uses the town as a refuge for women who just don't fit in with society. Some are spinsters, some are women in troubled marriages, and others just don't fit into society's mold. Susanna sees the militia as and end to her serene life. With the influx of men, especially Bram, Spindle Cove will never be the same.
The first book in the Spindle Cove series is a fun story with interesting characters. Bram wants nothing more than to get back into the army, but his injury is preventing it. Susanna wants to protect her community from the influence of men, and is worried that by having a militia, everything will change. I liked the romance and the humor in this book. The supporting characters were also fun. Can't wait for the next book in the series. My rating: 4.5 Stars.
“Victor Bramwell (called Bram throughout the story) had been wonded in the knee during the war and it wasn't healing to suit him. He wanted to go back and fight, and hoped Lewis Finch would help him. He took a few men with him to Spindle Cove, a small village that had the nickname of Spinster Cove because it was a place women could come to in order to heal from whatever in their lives bothered them. Lewis Finch was an inventor who hoped to launch a cannon that he said would make soldiers glad because it would end the wars. But his daughter, Susanna, captured Bram's eye and his heart. They seemed to be the same type of people, although she wanted to stay in Spindle Cove and Bram wanted to go back to the war. The trials and tribulations both of them went through were fun to read about. Deciding how life would go on - and finding the truth about Susanna's father - brought much of interest to the reading.”Marie T wrote this review Friday, November 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I laughed out loud in several places and am now thoroughly entranced will Spindle Cove and it's residence. Can't wait to read the other books. I liked how Susanna and Bram were brought together by their similar strengths and weaknesses and how they completely understood each other. ”Asya S wrote this review Tuesday, October 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A wonderful read, great historical facts of medicine and weaponry”Pattigr wrote this review Thursday, June 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was amazing. For once the characters and their relationship was so well written and plotted that I didn't need something big and climatic to make it exciting and yet when I thought that something happened. Bram and Susanna were so amazing for eachother. I love strong personalities in the characters and they completely made the story.”Haley O wrote this review Tuesday, January 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“cute”Nicole C wrote this review Monday, November 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Battle of the sexes in Regency England - the romance is engaging and the characters likeable but the plot lacks substance.
The small town setting is quaint and the notion of a safe haven for society's wallflowers is engaging. However, neither is sufficiently developed and the dynamic between the women is missing the closeness and intimacy that is expected in these circumstances. Similarly, the men's relationships lack comradeship.
The witty banter and sizzling chemistry between Bram and Susanna make it worthwhile though. Bram is an injured war hero intent on returning to his regiment but cannot keep his hands of Susanna long enough to fulfill his mission of forming a militia. Susanna is intelligent, independent and fiercely proud of helping the young women who don't fit into society's image of perfection. She is an engaging heroine but does have a tendency to submit to Bram when he becomes overbearing, which is contrary to her characterization. Moreover, Bram can be sexist and tends to dismiss Susanna's concerns and wishes, which it irritating at times.
Overall, an entertaining read despite its shortcomings and the romances developing among the secondary characters have definite potential. ”
“Read enjoy and forget.”Mousumi wrote this review Tuesday, May 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A Night to Surrender
Reviewed by Francesca and Posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
Spindle Cove is a nice and quiet vacationing spot where young ladies can go to and feel free to enjoy themselves without facing the judgement of others like they would in London society. Also known as Spinsters Cove. The ladies here are not your ordinary historical romance heroine. There's something that has been determined "less desirable" with each of them. Once they are in Spindle Cove, though, they maintain a schedule. On Mondays, they have country walks. On Tuesdays, sea bathing. On Wednesdays, gardening. I'll have to let you find out about Thursdays when you read the book!
Susanna Finch is the head spinster of sorts. She pretty much runs this town, and the women have taken it over! Susanna's control is tested when a group of men, led by Victor Bramwell, aka Bram, and soon to be known as Lord Rycliff arrives. He's a war hero seeking her fathers' recommendation so that he can return to his post for the duration of the war. Her dad gives him a castle, and a title, and will consider signing his papers if he manages to make the few good men of the town to make a presentation worthy of a military group.
With not too many pickings, he has his work cut out for him. And the one thing he was not counting on is Susanna Finch. She's spirited, opinionated, strong willed, and he can't help his attraction to her! These two are great from the start! Their dialogue is witty and funny and entertaining. Their chemistry is amazing turning to hot!
The secondary characters in this book are endearing as well. My favorite being Colin, Bram's cousin. Lord Payne is the incorrigible rake who, in more than one occasion, turns the sweet town of Spindle Cove upside down with his antics. I can't wait for his book next.
I am excited to see what happens with the rest of the crazy ladies in Spindle Cove!
He knew all her objections to marriage were logical. She’d built her life and village around happy spinsterhood, and the demands of his military career left no room for a wife. A hasty wedding could mean grief for Sir Lewis, scandal for Susanna, and God knew what for Bram. But he was going to marry her, despite it. Because when he looked at Susanna, all he could think was one word. It wasn’t a particularly elegant or poetic word, any more so than “like.” But it had a straightforward eloquence all its own.