Author: Suzanne G. Rogers
Release Date: January 26, 2017
Genre: Historical Romance, Young Adult
Staring down life as an old maid, newly jilted Clare flees to a country home she’s inherited from her grandmother. She doesn’t count on clashing with her handsome neighbor, whose gentlemanly manners and education are at odds with his workingman’s image. As their relationship unfolds, however, she discovers the mysterious Meriweather Holcroft is not at all what he appears to be.
I loved Clara! She is a wonderful character who is level headed and smart, respectable and a little bit snarky, especially for High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England, 1891.
The story is comforting in its predictable elements. Jilted, and distancing herself from the hurtful situation, Clara believes she must accept her life as a spinster. Sparks fly and romance follows between Clara and her new, handsome neighbor. The unpredictable elements of this story really made it a fun read. This intriguing neighbor’s past unfolds, revealing multiple facets to the story and even a little mystery. I loved how the relationship between these two strong characters developed……slowly at first, and then all at once!
Clara is super determined to save herself whatever humiliation she can and NOT go back to live in her parents’ home. She would rather face being alone for the rest of her life, giving up all of her future plans, including creating her own family than to face the intense feelings of being shunned for being (gasp) unmarried at 24! Ever question what society was thinking at the time? Clara’s determination combined with sheer will, and a lot of hard work are the factors keeping Clara resolutely transforming her grandmother’s neglected cottage and grounds. I personally don’t know that I would have stayed in a dusty home that was abandoned for 10 years and do all of the physical work to not only get the cottage inhabitable again, but make it warm, inviting and even cozy. Clara manages just this feat though! She often reflects on her late grandmother. The two had many similarities such as independence, defiance, hard-working, and lots of sass and spunk.
Clara truly is the star of this story. She is selfless in thinking of her sisters’ future, on multiple occasions putting it above her own happiness. As Clara matures and is dealing with her new situations, her core opinions begin to change. She becomes more intolerant of the old views society has bestowed on her. Her sass and independence emerge through her resolute will and determination. Clara is strong, admirable and sweet, tender and likable. At times her reactions can be rash, but after the heat of the moment and she has had time to calm down, she feels regretful and will take the next steps to make necessary amends. Her way of thinking feels so natural to me which made me connect to this well-written character.
I enjoyed Spinster and the characters Suzanne G. Rogers created and wove throughout this story.