Wednesday's Child

Rated 4.83/5 based on 6 reviews
In 1816, Mrs Bettismore lies on her deathbed. Her twenty-year old granddaughter, Amelia is distraught by the imminent loss of her only relative, who has raised her in an atmosphere of seclusion and unyielding discipline. More
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About Rosemary Morris

Rosemary Morris was born in Sidcup Kent. As a child, her head was ‘always in a book.’ While working in a travel agency, Rosemary met her Hindu husband. He encouraged her to continue her education at Westminster College. In 1961 Rosemary and her husband, now a barrister, moved to his birthplace, Kenya, where she lived from 1961 until 1982. After an attempted coup d’état, she and four of her five children lived in an ashram in France.
Back in England, Rosemary wrote historical fiction and joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Historical Novel Society, Watford Writers and many online groups. To research, Rosemary reads non-fiction, visits museums and other places of historical interest. Her bookshelves are so crammed with historical non-fiction, that if she buys a new book she has to consider getting rid of one. Apart from writing, Rosemary enjoys time with her family, classical Indian literature, reading, vegetarian cooking, growing organic fruit, herbs and vegetables and creative crafts.

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Reviews of Wednesday's Child by Rosemary Morris

Tricia McGill reviewed on Aug. 22, 2019

The saying ‘Poor little rich girl’ could never be truer than in the case of Amelia Carstairs, who is indeed full of woe when the grandmother who has raised her from a baby is dying. Amelia knows no existence other than that she has shared with the woman who held strictly to her own set of rules and made Amelia do the same. On the old lady’s death 20-year-old Amelia is cast into a state of gloom. Wealthy she may be, but Amelia knows little of the ways of a normal life, until she is thrust into the boisterous household of the Earl, Saunton. Entrusted with her guardianship, Saunton must not only assist her with managing her vast wealth, but must also endeavour to keep fortune-hunting suitors away from her door. Amelia’s grandmother died with a secret on her lips that she was about to disclose to her granddaughter and when the truth comes out, it devastates the girl.
I found this the most endearing of the books in this series that I have read so far, and applaud Rosemary Morris’s knowledge of the era they are set in. Her gentle style and meticulous attention to detail sweeps the reader back into this period of history when manners, rules of etiquette and behaviour governed society.
(reviewed 31 days after purchase)
Eileen Charbonneau reviewed on Jan. 28, 2018

The latest in this Regency set series based on the children’s poem might have been the most challenging, for Wednesday’s Child is “full of woe.” But in the deft hand of Rosemary Morris, all’s well. Amelia Carstairs is in mourning for her grandmother , taken quickly and with an unfinished message on her lips. We soon find that Amelia’s upbringing has been shrouded in mystery and a cosseted propriety. Never fear. Her new guardian is Lord Saunton: home from the wars, handsome , and surrounded by a gaggle of unconventional female relatives, full of life and laughter…just what a Wednesday’s Child needs! The fact that the family lives in genteel poverty, thanks to a late, gambling addicted father means Amelia’s fortune, even if made in the dreaded Trade, will come in handy too. Full of sumptuous details that Regency devotees love, from Christmas customs to dress to food, this sweet romance is sure to please!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
RPerna reviewed on Nov. 19, 2017

Best Story in the Series (Five stars of course!)

Ms. Morris has reached another high point in her heroines born on different days of the week series. All the stories are pleasurable, but Wednesday’s Child has a depth to the heroine’s character development that is a joy to read. My initial reaction was to dislike her, thinking her a shallow, self-centered brat. As the story unfolds, however, the reader realizes the iron control her grandmother has exerted had an overpowering influence on her development. The heroine’s journey to become her own woman following her grandmother’s death is a fascinating read. The love story is predictable as an ancillary dimension of the story, but is an important aspect of the heroine’s journey.

I recommend the book for anyone looking for an interesting story to offset the ennui of the holiday season.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Diane Scott Lewis reviewed on Nov. 18, 2017

Twenty-year-old Amelia was raised by her demanding grandmother. When the old woman dies, Amelia inherits her fortune, yet her sheltered upbringing makes her socially awkward and timid. Her guardian, Saunton, tries to draw her out, but Amelia keeps hearing her grandmother's stilted warnings on how to behave. Amelia struggles to break free as another shock, a long-held secret, threatens to destroy her.
This novel is an interesting mix of characters and events. Ms. Morris knows her time period well, especially Christmas customs. I only found Amelia a little too timid, but the other characters shine and readers should enjoy the story. A perfect holiday gift idea!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Maggi Andersen reviewed on Nov. 14, 2017

I am an avid reader of Rosemary Morris' series. Saunton and Amelia come to this story with some history. I first thought because of her grandmother's overwhelming influence, Amelia might not develop into the person she was meant to be. But she is thrown into a household filled with young women, and pets, something she has never experienced. And with the skilful handling of the author, we follow Amelia's journey and Saunton's. Now Amelia's guardian, Saunton is a stickler for what is correct, and he is burdened with financial worries, a widowed mother, and sisters he must guide safely to the altar. Could two such unlikely characters fall hopelessly in love? A rocky road lies ahead. Rosemary Morris brings the era alive with her beautiful prose and accurate historical details. A great read!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Anita Davison reviewed on Nov. 14, 2017

Ms Morris cleverly ties in her characters from each of her Heroines Born on Different Days of the Week Regency Series, each of which transports the reader right into the period with authentic manners, customs and the restrictive way of life females were expected to lead in early 19th century England. Polite society was a minefield for girls, where a misstep could throw not only them, but their entire family, to the wolves, putting siblings constantly at risk of social ruin.

This latest in the series is the story of Amelia, left wealthy but bereft who finds herself thrown into her new guardian’s rumbustious family of girls who show their new companion a different way of living. The spirit of Amelia’s grandmother is always there to remind her of what she shouldn’t do, but Amelia slowly learns that maybe the irrepressible Mrs Bettismore not only didn’t have all the answers, but harboured secrets too.

The author’s style is gentle and charming, with lovely descriptions and a worthy hero in Amelia's long suffering guardian, Saunton, who goes the extra mile to protect all his womenfolk, some of whom are more of a trial than others.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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