Friday, September 4, 2020

Otherwise Engaged by Joanna Barker

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She’s never been afraid of breaking the rules—until she risks breaking her heart

Constantly stifled by the rules of Society, spirited Rebecca Rowley enjoys finding ways to quietly—or not so quietly—rebel. But riding bareback and avoiding nosy neighbors are nothing compared to the thrilling secret she is keeping from her family.
When Rebecca’s quick thinking saves the life of a young girl, she unwittingly attracts the attention of the child’s dashing brother, Lieutenant Nicholas Avery. As that attention turns flirtatious, Rebecca is forced to tell him the truth: she is secretly engaged—to the one man her family would never approve of. Fortunately, Lieutenant Avery is a navy man with no wish to marry, or so they both assume as they enter into a friendship. Rebecca hopes to change her family’s mind about her betrothed, but the more she comes to know the handsome lieutenant, the more she wonders if she promised her hand too hastily.

After all her carefully laid plans are shattered during a family crisis, Rebecca must force her heart to decide. Should she stay true to the promise she made or fight for the future she’s only just begun to imagine?


I must say I truly enjoyed this delightful tale! I laughed until I cried because of Rebecca's antics. She's unlike no other young lady that I've ever met.
The only thing that I didn't like was the constant apologies that at times I just shook my head.
Lt. Avery was interesting to say the least. I liked him from the get go I loved his humorous side even tho he is in the navy. His handling of Olivia was somewhat to be desired but given the circumstances I thought he did ok.
I thought that even though Olivia was rather stubborn at times she brought a certain charm to the story. I enjoyed "watching her grow."
Now, about the horses. I enjoyed riding along with Rebecca. I've never felt freer! I love horses! I'm glad the author included them.
Not good to hold secrets! They do have a way of coming to the surface whether you want them to or not. Plus not only that they tend to hurt the ones we love even if we didn't mean to.
The story is told from Rebecca's point of view which I loved immensely! It made it much easier to connect with Rebecca.
I love Barker's books and this one did not disappoint. I can't wait to see what she comes out with next.
5 stars for this delightful book!
My thanks to Netgalley. I was NOT required to write a positive review of this book and all opinions are my own


Joanna  Barker

Joanna Barker was born and raised in northern California. She discovered her love for historical fiction after visiting England as an eleven-year-old, and subsequently read every Jane Austen book she could get her hands on. After graduating with a degree in English, she worked as an acquisitions editor before devoting herself full-time to writing. She enjoys music, chocolate, and reading everything from romance to science fiction. She lives near the mountains and is just a little crazy about her husband and two wild-but-loveable boys.

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