I am a fan of the Regency romance genre, so it's always a joy to find one in the Christian market. "Madeline's Protector" by Vanessa Riley has all the elements that make for a good Regency adventure - wit, attraction, misunderstandings, compromising situations, marriage in name only, guilt, danger, suspense, and revenge - with the welcome addition of strong spiritual themes. The Regency era setting and dialogue felt natural.
Justain and Madeline are both appealing characters and it was fun to watch their feelings for each other grow stronger as the novel progressed. In a conversation with her aunt, Madeline confesses that while she's fond of Justain, "my heart doesn't burst when I see him." Her aunt replies, "Sometimes love is quiet, a warm feeling of contentment. You light up when Lord Devonshire walks into the room."
Both Madeline and Justain exhibit great strength of character, and I liked the way Justain is drawn to Madeline's faith. Misunderstandings and pride still abound, though. Angry that his past had been investigated, Justain responds to Madeline's father: "I've spent one lifetime seeking approval, another trying to drown the need. I won't change to please you."
Fans of wholesome Regency romance will enjoy "Madeline's Protector."
Although life had dealt Madeline many death blows, her strength in her faith and saving grace of Jesus Christ, and the belief that we are all lost without it, was very inspiring. I absolutely was hooked from the very first chapter to the very end, and wished it had gone on just a little longer. She had the courage to speak the gospel to her father when he was the most sick, not leaving it to chance or think about it tomorrow, she held her own and spoke truth to him.
It was fascinating to me to see how Justain's and Medeline's arrangement played out and seemed to be what a courtship should look like. Beautifully written and an enjoyable read. I will e recommending this to my sisters. I received this book from TBCN for my honest opinion.