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June 29, 2013

LET IT BE ME by Kate Noble

LET IT BE ME                                                        4.5 STARS
by Kate Noble

London weather is chilly—and the social scene even more so.
Luckily, Bridget Forrester is just getting warmed up…

Bridget longs to meet a gentleman who doesn’t mention her beautiful sister upon shaking her hand. But since being branded a shrew after a disastrous social season, Bridget knows she’s lucky to even have a man come near her. It’s enough to make a lady flee the country…

So Bridget heads to Venice for music lessons with the renowned Italian composer Vincenzo Carpenini, with whom she’s been corresponding. But not only is Carpenini not expecting her, he doesn’t even remember her! His friend, theater owner Oliver Merrick, does, though. And one look into her tantalizing green eyes has
him cursing his impulsive letter-writing, which brought her across the continent. Yet before Merrick can apologize, Carpenini has ordered her away.

Little does either man know that they will soon be embroiled in a wager that will require the beautiful Miss Forrester’s help—or that there’ll be far more at stake in this gamble than money… 

LET IT BE ME by Kate Noble  is the 5th book of the Blue Raven Historical Romance series.  I have not read any of Kate Noble's books other than this one. I fell in love with the book as it is very enjoyable and has some humor to it.  I always enjoy reads from the 1800's.  This took place in London in 1824. The heroine Bridget Forrester is attending the first season's ball. None of the men asked her to dance and she was practically ignored.  Bridget sort of brings this on herself.  She has a smart mouth and has become known as a shrew.  She has always been in the shadow of her married sister, Sarah.

She receives an invitation to train with a top composer, Vincenzo Carpenini. So it was disappointing when he never came to England.  Then there was damage to their home and Bridget, Amanda and their mother tour Italy until the house is repaired.  Bridget still wants to be trained so she sees this as her chance to visit Carpenini.   Half-brother to Carpenini, Oliver Merrick takes care of his affairs.  He wrote the letter to Bridget. He is supposed to be the hero but I kind of feel he tried to pull a fast one with Bridget. It was a plan to make money since his bother was  having trouble composing. Carpenini walks by just as Merrick opens the door.  Who is standing there but Bridget.  Bridget is insulted by Carpenini and leaves in tears.
It seems like Carpenini is a cad.  He takes a bet and starts working with Bridget determined to win.. There is romance in the air but who will it be, Oliver, Merrick or Carpenini?  This book gives you it all, romance, music, intrigue, mystery and so much more.  Ms. Noble did an excellent job of writing a joyous and interesting read.  It wasn't so fast paced.  It let you take in every moment and savor it.  I would recommend this book to anyone.  It is a marvelous read.  More realistic than fiction.

I would give this book 4.5 Stars.

I was given a complimentary copy of LET IT BE ME penned by Kate Nobel from Manic Readers for this unbiased review.

About the Author

Kate Noble loves books, romances especially. But coming from a family of doctors, scientists, and mathematicians, she didn’t discover she was adept at writing until, oh, about junior year of high school. This discovery came as something of a relief, as she was hopeless at memorizing Latin names for all the bones in the human body. The Heisenberg uncertainty principle eludes her to this day. Kate lives in Los Angeles. 


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