A Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant

January 19, 2012

Hot Diggidy Dog!  
I just love writers who can write!

Somehow, and I don't know how, A Lady Awakened slipped by my radar. A word to debut authors - insist your publisher release your book before the end of the year so you can make the "best of" lists. And, if I had read this book last year it would definitely have been on my "best of," but I'll save it for the end of this year. 

Cecilia Grant - remember that name, because she is a really an amazing author. The way she blends her words together was a pleasure to read. I even have a favorite sentence from this book: "He ought to have stayed.  He thought his attachment to Sussex had only to do with his attachment to Mrs. Russell, and he'd left when that tale had come to its end.  But was he no more than the sum of his sentiments?" What a lovely sound that last sentence makes..."But was he no more than the sum of his sentiments?"  And, this book was chock full of delightful words. Yep, that Cecilia Grant is one humdinger of a word put together-er. Heck, there's even a plot.

Now, the plot is something that's "been there, done that." You know the one I mean - a widow, Martha, needs a baby and she needs the baby n-o-w so she can save the sheep, lambs, pigs, cows, peasants, servants, teacher, preacher, land, kitty-cats - oh just everyone. Well, who should stumble into her range of vision but the ne'er-do-well, rascal, studly, scoundrel but misunderstood-heart of gold rake, Theo and his Timothy Toad. Of course, he agrees to stud duty (he is a man after all) - and we are off on another romance story. However, and this is a big however, in the hands of Ms. Grant this story is anything but run-of-the-mill. These two characters were amazing. And, for once in a romance book we actually get to watch them grow into better people. We are not told, we are not given a rush job, we get to read e-v-e-r-y gritty moment of their coming together. Now, I will admit, in the beginning Martha is not the most lovable of heroines...but she grows on you. Theo is an appealing rake right from the beginning, but he also has a lot of growing to do.  The best thing is, we get to watch his transformation into a better man.

Let's talk about the s-e-x in this book. The sex was almost a secondary character in A Lady Awakened. Unlike other novels, the first time was not mind-blowing-better-than-ever-orgasmic-over-and-over was dreadful. And, it may have been some of the worst sex I ever read in a romance book. Unlike other romance books, the heroine does not explode every time Theo's around. In fact, she hates even the thought of a dangling, ugly, smelly Mr. Toad coming anywhere near her. Martha was a tad bit rigid you see, just a tad. The sex, just like Martha and Theo, goes through some wonderful metamorphosis, until finally these two people grow to love each other and then we have some really sensual hot scenes. I loved watching the changes.

Now, was this a perfect book? No, there were times when I thought the opinions, desires, saving of the land-people-lambs-etc. was just a little too modern. And there was a gathering around a table to give the bad guy his comeuppance scene that was a little silly. However, none of these minor quibbles could distract me from totally enjoying this wonderful book. This is an author and a book you don't want to miss.  Remember Cecilia Grant and her debut book, A Lady Awakened.

Time/Place: Regency England
Sensuality Rating: Hot


Melanie said...

Hello Kay!

How are you?! I'm so glad you loved this story :) I read some reviews that made me want to punch something! I did the review for this one on RRAH ( and I enjoyed it EMENSLEY!

BTW: Have you read ALL ABOUT SEDUCTION by Katy Madison? It's very similar (especially the uncomfortable and very real first love scene). PLEASE find it and read it. You'll like it, maybe not as much as this one but close enough :) Trust me!

I did a review of it and I highly recommend it :)

I see you're reading the book I'm to review this weekend! CANNOT wait to hear your thoughts on it and share mine :)


SidneyKay said...

Melanie: Yes, I loved this one...and I did see some reviews that surprised me because I was so impressed with this debut author. But then, what works for some doesn't for others. However, I was bummed that this one didn't make it to my radar. And, I will give Katy Madison a look see.

Good to hear from you!

Anonymous said...

I think this book suggests more than most proof of the dictum that romance fiction is by, for, and about women. It seems to be a very feminine kind of romance, if that makes sense in light of the dictum. After two sittings, I'm not sure that I'll be able to finish it, for parts of it are deadly dull. Of course, I'm a male reader; maybe I'm no supposed to enjoy reading it.


SidneyKay said...

Dick...glad to hear from you. I'm not sure it boils down to whether one is male or female. Although, I'm sure that has something to do with ones reading and visual preferences. Or, is it just that we are humans and humans are different.

Even though I didn't say it, there were parts of this book that reminded me of some of the older Historical Romances...Balogh, Constance Gluyas, Sheila Walsh, Mira Stables, etc. I could go on and on with that list. They had a different texture, they relied more on words, they had an "older" feel about them even when they were new. However, I still like those old ones and I like this one. A lot. I loved the way Ms. Grant put her words together. This one is different from a lot of the quick modern ones (which I also enjoy.)

Anyway, pull up a chair, pour yourself a drank (brandy, coffee, cocoa,) and crack open another book. Onward and upward