The Makings of a Lady by Catherine Tinley blogblitz book review


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The Makings of a Lady written by Catherine Tinley, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available to buy in ebook and paperback format from 4th October 2018.

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Be calm, she thought.
Be gracious. Be twenty-two.
Lady Olivia Fanton is eager to prove she’s no longer a child. However, just as she thinks she’s found a suitable match in the suave Mr Manning, charismatic Captain Jem Ford walks back into her life, bringing with him all the embarrassment of her infatuation four years before! She’s determined to appear mature, distant, friendly. But does she dare hope he’ll notice her as the lady she’s become?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Catherine Tinley’s latest Regency Romance; The Makings of a Lady.  The Makings of a Lady is book three in The Chadcombe Marriages series.  The books can be read as a standalone as you are introduced to a new member of the siblings living at Chadcombe House, however as a Regency Romance lover I’d fully recommend reading all the books in the series.  The books in the trilogy are:

  • Waltzing with the Earl
  • The Captain’s Disgraced Lady
  • The Makings of a Lady

Once again Catherine Tinley has taken me to a time and a place when romance was an art, it was a beautiful dance of etiquette of society.  I love this era it is so different from the life of today and historical romance gives you a glimpse to time gone by.

Lady Olivia Fanton was eighteen when she first met Jem Ford who had come to Chadcombe to recover from injuries in battle.  However, their friendship was short-lived when Jem returned back to duty.  It’s now four year’s on and Lady Olivia is no longer the young girl, she is now a beautiful young woman trying to find her place.  She feels like her family still treat her as the young girl from years ago and Olivia is trying to prove otherwise.  She has spent four years getting over the loss of her friendship with Jem Ford but when she hears of his return memories of her heartache return.  To add to her confused heart a new suitor, George Manning, with his rather charming, handsome features and smooth prose has come to her attention.  Olivia doesn’t know which way to let her heart sway; she has a history of friendship with Jem but will he remember her as the young girl that helped him and have forgotten all about her or does she let her heart seek another?

Olivia’s life is put in danger and the circumstances surrounding it are most unusual.  Jem sets out to unravel the mystery.

I loved this story by Catherine Tinley it had plenty of warmth, romance but it was also filled with drama, danger and mystery.  I was captivated by Olivia, Jem and her close circle of family and friends.  Courageous, dramatic and oh so very romantic.

About the Author

Tinley 6 dogCatherine Tinley writes heartwarming Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings. After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, NHS management, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now works in Sure Start. She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, cat, and dog.




The author is running a giveaway to win a copy of the book, along with two other (surprise) romance novels by other writers.
2 x UK/Ireland Winners and 1 x International Winner.
For all the details look out for Catherine Tinley on Facebook and Twitter.



The Captain’s Disgraced Lady by Catherine Tinley blogtour book review

The Captains Disgraced Lady

The Captain’s Disgraced Lady written by Catherine Tinley, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Who is Captain Harry Fanton?

When Juliana Milford first encounters Captain Harry Fanton, she finds him arrogant and rude. There’s no way she’ll fall for his dazzling smile! Her visit to Chadcombe House was always going to prompt questions over her scandalous family, so she’s touched when Harry defends her reputation. She’s discovering there’s more to Harry than she’d first thought…

A man so plagued by the demons of war, he’s sworn he’ll never marry, no matter how tempted…

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating the launch of Catherine Tinley’s latest regency romance … The Captain’s Disgraced Lady.

I love a good regency romance; the travelling back in time to when ladies were introduced into society and when etiquette around the ton was paramount.  This is the first work by Catherine Tinley that I’ve read and I particularly enjoyed how she wove a love story around a pivotal moment in European history.  The Battle of Waterloo was a fierce fought battle that the officers and soldiers were summoned to whilst off duty at a ball in Brussels.  Kitted out in their finery the men had to quickly say their goodbyes to their loved ones and march on to an unknown fate …

Julianna Milford and her mother were travelling from their home in Brussels to visit friends in England.  Julianna first encounters Captain Harry Fanton on this journey and her first impressions to this gentleman is of his arrogant, brusque personality which immediately exasperates her.

Once settled at Chadcombe House, the home of her best friend Charlotte and her new husband Adam, her sense of serenity is disturbed by the arrival of Adam’s older brother, Captain Harry Fanton.  Julianna cannot believe how fate has brought them together again.

Julianna’s mother’s health soon becomes a concern and Harry’s personality changes to one of a caring nature and Mrs Milford was to become his priority.  However, the aristocratic circle is rife with gossip and rumours revolving Julianna and her mother, specifically Julianna’s parentage.  Once again Harry steps in to defend the ladies from this malicious gossip.

A friendship of sorts soon develops between Julianna and Harry but you can sense that Harry is holding back on his emotions.  This strong, charismatic, handsome Captain has a vulnerability about him which he’s afraid to show to anyone.  Visions from past events have plagued his nights since the terrible ordeal Harry went through.  With the uncertainty of war once again forefront in Harry’s mind can the demons from his past be laid to rest?

Can Julianna heal Harry’s heart and mind?  Will history end up repeating itself for a blossoming new love?

The Captain’s Disgraced Lady is a story filled with intrigue, drama, family saga, historical events and romance all told in a beautiful manner.  My heart was aching for the trauma Harry had endured but with this hope of a new beginning and love you are left feeling enlightened with warmth and positivity.  An absolutely gorgeous regency romance.

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