The Best of Intentions by Susan Anne Mason | Book Review by Loraine Nunley @lorainenunley

Synopsis of the book:

In the aftermath of WWI, Grace Abernathy is determined to reunite her family, crossing the ocean to convince her widowed sister to return home to England. Yet, in Toronto she discovers more tragedy — her nephew Christian in the custody of his paternal relatives, the formidable Easton family, who rejected Grace’s sister because of her low social status.

Unconvinced the Eastons can be fitting caretakers, Grace uses an assumed name to secure the position of Christian’s nanny and moves into the Easton estate. There she can observe the family up close, while ensuring Christian’s well-being. In the course of her new role, she is shocked to find herself falling in love with Andrew Easton, the boy’s guardian. Unfortunately, Andrew is promised to a spoiled socialite who is sure to make a terrible stepmother for Christian. Will Grace be able to protect her nephew… and her heart?

My review:

Simply wonderful. I enjoyed everything about this story, the plot, characters, setting… All masterfully woven together to make my heart beat faster as I turned the pages. Great job!

The first thing that drew my attention to this story was the setting, which was Toronto, Canada in the early 1900’s. It is a time frame and setting that I haven’t read too often and I loved learning about the country. Many historical’s are set in England or the US. I found this one a refreshing change.

I loved Grace from the start. The way she sort of falls into being her nephew’s nanny was so well done. She had a compassionate heart and the “best of intentions”. This did get her into trouble, but ultimately she did the right thing out of love. I liked the idea presented that we can all do the wrong thing with the right intentions.

Andrew is such a good man and not at all what Grace thinks he will be. His depth of love for his family is so admirable. He also struggled with combining doing the right thing with the right intentions.

I love the way this author gives you added bonuses. Not only do you get the main romance, but there is a secondary one that I found so enjoyable. What a treat!

What I enjoyed most about this book:

All of it. Even the part where Grace struggles with her selfish desires.

What I didn’t like about this book:

Nothing. I loved it all.

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend this book to others? Absolutely. Great historical romance. This author is a go-to for me. You can count on inspirational, swoony romance, in vibrant historical settings, and added romantic treats. This is the first book in the series. I can hardly wait for the next one.

Note: I received this book complimentary from the author. I was not required to give a review. All of the opinions I have expressed here are my own.

Where can I learn more about this author and their books?

Susan Anne Mason, author website

-Loraine Nunley

 

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