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A Comfortable Wife is the final book in Stephanie Laurens 4 part series featuring the Lester family. It is the first series that she wrote about a group of siblings. The series is set during the regency period in England.
Lord Philip Ruthven feels at a loose end following the marriage of his best friends Harry & Jack Lester, he returns to his country to home to find that his step-mother has invited her neice to live with her. But Antonia Mannering is far from the child he remembers and she has returned to the hall detirmined to prove to Philip that she is the ideal candidate to be his wife
I love discovering a new author, especially when they have a large back catalogue for me to work my way through, so at the moment I'm really enjoying reading her books.
This book was really easy to get into and holds your attention all the way to the end. I found that the characters were very likeable, and were developed well within the book, I especially liked the inclusion of some of the more peripheral characters such as Antonia's brother Geoffrey, who was again portrayed really well.
I've read a number of Georgette Heyer books, and I felt that this book was in a similar style, which was a definite plus for me.
I enjoyed the subplots within the book, they added depth to the book and made it even more enjoyable than just focusing on the main plot. They also allowed for the main characters within the novel to be developed further in a way that felt natural.
This book is part of a four part series, but I didn't feel that you needed to have read the previous three books in order to read this one, there is the odd reference to characters who featured in previous books, but nothing that would confuse you if you'd not read the previous books - not that yo shouldn't read them as they are also really enjoyable, you just don't need to!
I'd definitely recommend this book, the series as a whole and Stephanie Laurens as an author, she's written quite a number of books, so if you're looking for a new author to get your teeth into and regency romances are your thing, you're onto a winner.