Book Review: The Makings of a Lady by Catherine Tinley.

Release Date: 4th October 2018
Publisher: Mills and Boon
Twitter: @catherinetinley

Today is my day on Catherine Tinely's blog tour and I couldn't be more excited. If I had to use one word to describe The Makings of A Lady, I would say Adventure! It's a one wild adventure from start to finish - I was constantly on the edge of my seat! 

Four years ago Olivia Fanton gave her heart away, only to be left heartbroken. She was young and naive, but even so, she isn't sure who she can trust her heart to again. She feels like everyone she meets still sees her as a little girl, but she wants to prove that she's changed and that at twenty two she's now a respectable lady. When she meets George Manning, Olivia is taken by his charm, maybe she has found the person she can marry, so that she can be in charge of her own household and not be in her family's way? Getting to know Mr Manning would be rather straightforward, if it wasn't for the return of Captain Jem Ford, the man who broke her heart. 

It was wonderful to be back at Chadcombe! I've been that away with the fairies lately, that I didn't realize I was back on familiar soil with this book, until a few chapters in, when I kept thinking to myself, I'm sure I know people in this story! :p Then the penny dropped and I was like "of course, I know Harry and Juliana from The Captain's Disgraced Lady." This made me happy and also made sense as I was completely taken in by the characters straightaway. You know that feeling you get when you have met people before and you just fit right in? I felt like that. 

Going back to the word I used to describe The Makings of a Lady - Adventure! It certainly was indeed. With leading Lady Olivia being quite the force to be reckoned with, a Captain who was every bit the dashing hero and money hungry kidnappers, I was engaged from beginning to end. I adored Olivia's quick thinking and strong nature. While she was working out the feelings in her heart, she wasn't about to sit around waiting for a man to do things for her and that included rescuing her! She was a determined young women, who could take care of herself! 

As for Captain Ford, he just said and did all the right things, well, not always, but for the most part. This didn't make him too good to be true, it only endeared me to him more. He was kind, caring, generous and smart, the only times he was unsure of himself and didn't always say the right things was when it came to Olivia. They both needed time to work out their feelings for one another, which were enforced by the terrible actions of newcomers to their circle. I won't spoil the story, because it is a gripping tale. 

I love problem solving and mysteries and this story had both. Throw in romance, friendship and family and what's not to love? If you're looking for an adventure that will have you captivated the whole way through, then I would definitely pick up a copy of The Makings of A Lady today! 

Happy Reading!

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