Historical Fiction, Review

A Viscount’s Proposal by Melanie Dickerson

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A Viscount's Proposal by Melanie DickersonLeorah Langdon has no patience for Regency society’s shallow hypocrisy and unnecessary rules, especially for women. She’s determined to defy convention by marrying for grand passion instead of settling for a loveless union like her parents—or wedding a stuffy, pompous gentleman like Edward, the Viscount Withinghall. But when a chance meeting in the countryside leads to Leorah and Withinghall being discovered in his overturned carriage—alone and after dark—the ensuing gossip may force them together.

Withinghall has his reasons for clinging to propriety; his father perished in a duel with his mistress’s husband, and Edward must avoid scandal himself if he wants to become prime minister. He certainly has no time for a reckless hoyden like Miss Langdon. But soon the two discover that Withinghall’s coach “accident” was no such thing: the vehicle was sabotaged.

Can the culprit be brought to justice? Strong-willed Leorah and duty-driven Withinghall will have to work together if they have any hope of saving her reputation, his political career—and his life.

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My Thoughts

The queen of fairy tale retellings is ruffling feathers in Regency-era romance with a splash of suspense amidst a familiar Pride and Prejudice-like atmosphere. Readers who enjoy a headstrong female lead like Elizabeth Bennet and dashing yet brooding Darcy-esque heroes will be right at home with A Viscount’s Proposal.

Leorah Langdon marches to the beat of her own drum when society’s ridiculous rules contradict her own common sense. She has spunk and proves herself to be a loyal friend regardless of social class. Given the opportunity, I’d gladly count Leorah as a friend. Her compassionate and self-sacrificial qualities certainly outweigh her more unconventional habits.

Edward Withinghall is determined to live above reproach in order to advance his political career, help the less privileged, and clear his family name. Worthy goals, yes?! YES but at what cost? While both characters experience some level of growth throughout the story, it was Edward’s journey, especially that tugged at my heartstrings.

Since I listened to a large portion of the audio as part of my Kindle Unlimited subscription, I thought I would mention that it was an overall satisfactory experience (even though I think the narrator did Edward a disservice by using a nasally voice for his lines.) This is a great story and one I would highly recommend to fans of regency, mystery, and romance!

I requested the opportunity to read this book through NetGalley but time got away from me and I ended up borrowing it through Kindle Unlimited. The opinions expressed are my own.


About the Author

Melanie Dickerson is a two-time Christy Award finalist, two-time Maggie Award winner, Carol Award winner, two-time winner of the Christian Retailing’s Best award, and her book, The Healer’s Apprentice, won the National Readers Choice Award for Best First Book. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA).

Melanie earned a bachelors degree in special education of the hearing impaired from The University of Alabama and has worked as a teacher in Georgia, Tennessee, and Ukraine.

She lives with her husband and two children in Huntsville, Alabama.

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The Regency Spies of London series

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review book 1


Tell me, reader friends…
Do you “hear” individual character voices in your head as you read?
I do! Edward was a very calm, subdued baritone in my mind.
I tend to lean towards the deeper voices for my fictional heroes!

15 thoughts on “A Viscount’s Proposal by Melanie Dickerson”

  1. I definitely have a general idea of what a character should look and sound like and it’s kind of a surprise when they aren’t portrayed the way they are in my mind. 😉


  2. Yes, I hear in my head what I think the character’s voice sounds like. It throws me off when the audio book has a voice totally unlike what was in my mind. Great post!


  3. Great post Beth!

    i so enjoy reading Melanie Dickerson’s books and this book sounds very interesting. I have this book, and the others in the series on my very looong TBR list.

    Yes, I do “hear” the characters voices as I read. It is fun to imagine how they sound, especially if they have an accent. 😉

    Blessings, Tina


  4. I always hear character voices in my head, even accents. I began reading this series on KU then, somehow (special sale) I was able to buy them on audible for $1.99 each. So I listened to them. The narrator was good but I still heard the voices that were in my head.
    I loved each book!


  5. I try to read with character voices in my mind but it doesn’t really happen for me. I mean, I have to really think about it and I am usually so interested in finding out what is going to happen that I don’t think about the voices much.I have only read one book by Melanie. I have heard so many good things about this one. I would love to read it. I’ll keep an eye out for it! Thanks for the review.


  6. Thanks for the GREAT review, Beth! You drew me right in. I love Pride & Prejudice (sigh!), so reading your thoughts about A Viscount’s Proposal having similarities to Pride & Prejudice made me want to read this book even more! I’m looking forward to reading it!!


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