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Publisher's Note:

A horse breeder by trade, Corbin Jonquil is more at home in the stables than in the ballroom of his sprawling estate. Corbin is the quietest of the Jonquil brothers and has always faded into the background, contentedly unnoticed. When a mysterious young widow, Mrs. Clara Bentford, moves into the neighborhood, however, Corbin quickly comes to realize that being noticed has its advantages. But how t…

As You Are

by Sarah M. Eden

Overall Book Review:

As You Are is the third book in the Jonquil Brothers series by author Sarah M. Eden. Although the series is chronological, the books don’t actually need to be read in order. This story follows Corbin Jonquil, a shy, yet kind-hearted gentleman as he develops feelings for the beautiful widow Clara Bentford. Clara’s backstory is complicated and unravels slowly, keeping me turning pages late into the night. The plot thrives on classic misunderstandings but Eden shows the depth of her Regency period knowledge in the story’s details. As always, Eden concocts remarkable characters and even intertwines characters from her other series into the story, so there’s plenty of familiar faces. I can’t get enough of the Jonquil family and I suspect readers will feel the same way. I highly recommend this darling Regency romance!

Content Analysis:


Violence/Gore:  A few verbal threats; second hand reports of violence alluding to and involving domestic abuse and child abuse; a character punches another character and a character is hit in the head with an object.

Sex/Nudity:  Multiple incidents of kissing.

Mature Subject Matter:

Domestic and child abuse.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Talk of a man being drunk. 

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.