Addie: To Wager On Her Future is the fifth book in the ‘Other Pens, Mansfield Park’ series by Leenie Brown. This is a great regency romance which is full of drama, trouble, danger, risk, angst, emotion, and even a little humour -which was well placed to balance all the drama and angst.
Ms. Brown is a ‘new-to-me’ author, so I wasn’t sure of what to expect going into this book. But I do enjoy a good period piece- and the blurb intrigued me, so I took a chance and jumped in. I am happy that I did, because this story delivers everything you could want from a great regency romance.
The characters are fully developed, with their own personalities, quirks, and flaws. The have been so well crafted that the became ‘real’ and very believable. Some characters were entirely likeable- whilst others were quite detestable- and Ms. Brown easily sways us in either direction. The story is well woven- having just the right amount of drama, angst, and tension to keep me hooked.
Addie is unlike a lot of women of her times- strong, capable, determined, independent, and forward thinking. She has grown up in and around the world of horse racing, and horse breeding. When her father is taken ill, she stepped up and has been running things ever since. But her brother brings trouble home with him, which threatens everything she holds dear. What happens when a new ‘friend’ steps in with a solution. Will this bring and end to their problems, or will this complicate things even more? It is well worth the read to find out.
This may be the fifth book in the series, but it can be read as a standalone. But having said that, I am intrigued about what the other books may hold, so I will definitely be going back to meet the other characters and follow their stories.
Thank you, Leenie Brown!
Reviewed by @angelahayes