on August 29th 2017
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A love of archery brings four young girls together to form The Lady Archer’s Creed. Through their mutual love of the sport, they solidify an unbreakable bond, and each woman has a unique quality that adds to their dynamic friendship:
Theodora, Lady Archer’s Creed Series (Book One) Lady Theodora with her sharp mind and love of academics becomes the perfect archery coach. Despite being the last to join their group, and the obvious outcast, she will risk her future for her friends.
Georgina, Lady Archer’s Creed Series (Book Two) Lady Georgina makes the perfect financier. The forgotten daughter of a wealthy duke, she seeks to belong to something—or someone—by any means necessary.
Adeline, Lady Archer’s Creed Series (Book Three) Miss Adeline is a natural leader. Having grown up in a large and often spirited family, she now allows no one to place her in the shadows.
Josephine, Lady Archer’s Creed Series (Book Four) Lady Josephine, having a sweet and impressionable nature, strives to please everyone—and keep their bond intact, even after they return to London for the Season.
Adeline, Georgie, Theo, and Josie live each day by the Lady Archer’s Creed, which they developed during their school days at Miss Emmeline’s School of Education and Decorum for Ladies of Outstanding Quality. “Friendship, loyalty, and honor above all” is their mantra. Now, as they face the challenges that come with adulthood, the creed is more important than ever.
MISS ADELINE PRICE leaned out the carriage window and waved enthusiastically at her two youngest sisters—Arabella and Ainsley—as they stood before Miss Emmeline’s School of Education and Decorum for Ladies of Outstanding Quality, their trunks stacked on either side of them with their new frocks, cloaks, and hair ribbons dancing in the light afternoon breeze.
Only recently out of mourning after the death of their father the previous year, the girls were reluctant to leave the family home, but at least they had one another—and at fifteen, Arabella was far older than most young ladies when they arrived in Canterbury. Adeline had not been so lucky when she was cast from the family home after her childish antics and placed on the mail coach headed to the wilds of Kent, after which she was unceremoniously dumped along the main road at the end of the drive leading to Miss Emmeline’s School.
This was a new beginning for the pair, a true gift from Alistair, though it pained Adeline to admit it. Sad to see her dear sisters deposited at school, Adeline knew they would return women, ready for whatever society threw in their direction.
She gave one final look at her sisters, their long, light brown locks hanging in identical curls over their shoulders. If she were closer, she’d also note their matching hazel eyes—the same as every Melton sibling…all nine of them. Arabella’s new gown hung to the tops of her kid boots while Ainsley, only having recently turned twelve, wore a frock that hit her at mid-calf. There was little doubt the pair was scared and nervous about being away from London, but Adeline was certain the girls would settle in nicely and make friends to last a lifetime—as she’d found in Josie, Georgie, and Theo.
The dust from her departing carriage blocked her sisters from view as a single drop of rain landed on Adeline’s nose. A storm was rolling in quickly, and she was glad she’d deposited the girls before the tempest hit full force. She now hurried back toward Rochester where they’d stayed at a small inn the night before.
“I do hope we make it to our lodgings before Maxwell catches his death out there,” Adeline’s maid, Poppy, sighed. “I have heard the squalls in these parts can bring ruthless winds and merciless rain.”
“Maxwell has been driving for nearly five years. I assure you, he is not daunted by a bit of rain and wind.” Adeline couldn’t help but smile at Poppy, her auburn hair tucked under her cap and a sprinkle of freckles across her nose. She’d met the young girl several months prior when she slipped from her home to meet Josie and Georgie for their morning archery practice in Regent’s Park. Poppy had been selling oranges, and Adeline had witnessed a man’s cruel threats to her person. She’d come home with Adeline that very day… and had been tasked with assisting all five Melton girls. Where Poppy attained her cultured speaking habits and refined manners, she would not say.
All the same, Adeline, Adelaide, Amelia, Arabella, and Ainsley had been overjoyed to have her in residence.
“Besides, it is a short three-hour jaunt, at most,” Adeline reassured the girl. “We may be able to outrun the worst of the storm and be settled in our room long before the unrelenting rains begin.”
“If you say so, miss.”
“Thankfully, I do say so, Poppy,” Adeline replied with a chuckle. “And we both know what I say holds much power.”
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Adeline is a Beauty and the Beast themed story.
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~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Adeline is the third book in the Lady Archer’s Creed series by Christina McKnight. I haven’t had the opportunity to read the other books prior to this one, but it wasn’t necessary in order to enjoy this one.
Jasper Benedict is the Earl of Ailesbury. He is terribly scarred after trying to rescue his parents and workers who were caught in a barn fire when he was just 12. Jasper blames himself for not being stronger, not being able to rescue them. He has been treated like a pariah ever since, partly because of people blaming him for their relatives’ deaths, but mostly because they are frightened by him and the supposed monster that he is. He keeps himself to himself as much as possible and has tried to harden himself to the hurt people inflict on him with their reactions.
Adeline Price spent her formative years in a finishing school for girls, now she is nearing her 21st birthday and is returning to her home after dropping two of her sisters at that same finishing school. Not even half way to her London home a vicious storm hits and her carriage ends up damaged leaving her, her maid and the driver stranded. Thankfully Jasper happens upon them and quickly offers his assistance. Wary, but knowing she really has no other option, Adeline accepts his hospitality.
Not known for being the calmest of women, and also for her love of gossip you would think that Adeline would be just as mean to Jasper as most other people. Admittedly she is shocked when she sees his scars, but Jasper has an amazing influence on her. She learns a lot about herself because of him. She also finds herself deeply attracted to him, scars and all. Her biggest problem now is trying to get through to him that she cares about him no matter what he looks like, or how she may be treated when she is with him.
This is such a beautiful beauty and the beast type story, a very emotional one at that. Jasper blaming himself for his parents’ deaths is heartbreaking, and the way the villagers treat him is rotten. Such fabulous writing from the author had me near to tears a few times. Adeline is a breath of fresh air and seeing how both she and Jasper helped one another to see life differently was a delight to read.
Now that I have read Adeline’s story, I want to read all the others in this series because I am sure they will be equally as captivating and enjoyable.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.