The daughter of a wealthy ice merchant, Miss Jillian Roring intends to marry for love. En route to her first Season in London, however, a failed kidnapping sends her into the arms of the most jaded bachelor in England. When Logan and Jillian unwittingly violate the rigid rules of propriety in Victorian-era England, he is obliged to make her an offer of marriage. Because she aspires to be more than an obligation, Jillian refuses the match. Logan follows her to London to woo her properly, but his scheming ex-fiancée has other plans. Can Logan convince Jillian that his love for her is real or will the cruel gossip and sharp tongues of London society tear their budding relationship apart? A romantic Victorian-era novella set in 1899 England.
Heat level: 1/Sweet
Review Rating: Four stars
Review by Patrice:
Miss Jillian Roring, heiress and only child of a love match between a Norwegian ice captain and his English wife, is abducted en route to her first Season in London. Jillian’s display of quick wits and daring make it possible for Logan Mackenzie, a cynical rake with a scandalous past, to assist her. Despite their efforts, the young couple is compromised by the unusual circumstances, and to avoid a scandal, marriage is offered. Jillian longs for the same happiness that her parents enjoyed and refuses to force Logan into such an arrangement. They reluctantly part, and unbeknownst to her, Logan decides to pursue the possibility of a future with the feisty beauty by courting her in a different setting.
In London, Logan’s former fiancée, Sophia Watkins, has decided she still wants Logan, and will do everything she can to reestablish herself into his life. If it means ruining Jillian’s reputation with slander and malice, then by all means, let the games begin.
Jillian is sensitive and intelligent, and her bravery and kindness in the face of deception and adversity made her endearing. Logan is a wounded soul, and quite noble, as he displays the courage to entrust his heart to Jillian and fight for her. I enjoyed every second of reading about them and their blossoming love and passion. My heart ached when they were hurt by others with wicked motivations. The angst strengthened their feelings and brought them closer together, while forcing some to see the folly of their ways.
There is a charming circle of secondary characters: Jillian’s aunt, uncle, and later, her father, the ice captain; Logan’s friends and servants; and the ton matrons. The less charming characters with antagonistic leanings proved to be complex and interesting rather than flat and one dimensional. I was pleasantly surprised by a few plot twists at the climax and finale.
Sacrifice and love is not only limited to the good guys of the story. What’s fascinating about the storyline is that it juxtaposes the Jillian’s life with the life of another character. The author displays non-judgmental empathy, an understanding of human nature and compassion that you don’t always find romance novels. Ms. Rogers does credit to her characters with her characterization skills. This is the first time I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing this author’s work, and she did not disappoint. Her writing is delightful, wonderfully detailed, and bursting with insight. The research is solid, and skillfully utilized to cover all aspects of the setting and characterization. I highly recommend The Ice Captain’s Daughter to readers willing to dive into a story by a writer who understands traditional historical romance yet brings a unique and refreshing sparkle to her work.
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