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The Making of a Gentleman (Regency Series #5) (Steeple Hill Women's Fiction #63) [Paperback]

By Ruth Axtell Morren (Author)
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Pages   448
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.46" Width: 4.25" Height: 0.87"
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 31, 2008
Publisher   STEEPLE HILL #375
ISBN  0373786212  
EAN  9780373786213  

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Jonah Quinn is a wanted man. An escaped convict rescued minutes from the noose, he gets away with hostage Florence Hathaway. She is a spinster who helps the female prisoners at Newgate. Believing he has been wrongly charged, she offers him help. Desperate, he shows up on her doorstep a few nights later, shivering, feverish, soaked. Florence has her misgivings about her rash offer, but her brother, the Reverend Damien Hathaway, immediately agrees to befriend Jonah, believing he was saved from the noose for a purpose. It is up to Florence to help Jonah become a gentleman to receive a pardon from the crown. Will his transformation allow a lady like Florence to fall for a laborer like Jonah?

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The making of a gentleman  Nov 22, 2009
Really didn't like this book. Very boring. The plot could have been made into a good book. But the way the writer wrote it just made you want to go to sleep. Well thats how i feel about it anyways.
So romantic!!  Jan 28, 2009
What a great story! The books are published in a rather small size making it a bit difficult to hold them, but Steeple Hill books are awesome!
Hilarious...  Dec 24, 2008
Between my usual household chores and a little writing, I spent most of yesterday reading Ruth Axtell Morren's newest book, "The Making of a Gentleman." Being an avid lover of Regency fiction, I was extremely excited that the library had this book available. That way if I really liked it I could eventually buy it. And it was good. She really puts some of those famous authors to shame, especially with her characterizations. Sometimes the characters have certain quirks or behaviors that are not exactly endearing, but they're definitely realistic. Usually with most Christian fiction, the hero and heroine change midway through the story, but Morren's characters are always consistant.
Ruth Axtell Morren is my second favorite author (my sister and Grandma are tied for first place) so whenever another book of hers comes out, I grab onto it and usually finish it within a day's time. Unlike most series' based in the Regency era, hers has a nice mix of romance and reality. "The Making of a Gentleman" is no different. Her "Winter is Past"/Regency Series is fantastic, but from what I understand this particular book is not part of that series. It is the beginning of a brand new series.
Florence Hathaway is devoted to her prison ministry at Newgate Prison, particularly to a convict named Jonah Quinn. He is scheduled to hang but nothing she says to him affects him. On the day he hangs, there is an uprising and Jonah escapes, with Florence as his hostage. While they are hiding out from the authorities, Florence comes to believe that her captor isn't guilty of any crime but has been framed. When the coast is clear and he allows her to return to her home, she invites him to come with her, so that he may clear his name. He refuses but eventually does turn up on the Hathaway's doorstep.
Florence's younger brother, Damien, welcomes Jonah with open arms and is more successful at witnessing to him. After a bout of sickness, Jonah plays along with the Hathaway's plan of transforming him into a gentleman. He doesn't believe that someone of his social class can rise above his station, begin anew... and perhaps be a man worthy of Florence.
Along the way, there are troubles, there always are. Florence and Jonah constantly bump heads, with usually Florence coming out ahead. They argued throughout most of the story and yet that didn't annoy me like it usually does with other stories. And it didn't really dawn on either one of them that they loved each other until it was almost too late. There's the meddling rector who has his sights set on making Florence his second wife, which I thought was the turning point for Jonah. From then on he is more determined to make the plan work. Then there is the duke that recognizes Jonah and turns him in. Does Jonah escape or does he pay for a crime he didn't commit? Well, you'll just have to read it yourself to find out.
While "The Making of a Gentleman" was hilarious (especially when Florence literally washed Jonah's mouth out with soap), I still prefer "Winter is Past," "Dawn in My Heart," and "The Rogue's Redemption."
However, one of my favorite characters in there was Damien. He was such a sweetheart! I can't wait until his story is told in "Bride of Honor," which is slated to come out next year some time.
Satisfying endings are what she does best!  Nov 5, 2008
I so love this author! In the three books I've read, she always delivers such a satisfying romance story! Her endings are perfect. And this book is no exception.

Florence Hathaway is a twenty-eight-year-old spinster in Regency England. She spends her time helping the poor prisoners at Newgate Prison and telling them about the One who can save their souls. On the morning the hangman is set to end one prisoner's life, Florence is suddenly taken hostage during a daring escape. Her own life is at the mercy of a convict with everything to lose if he is caught.

Jonah Quinn has little to live for and no one to turn to for help. If caught by the authorities, he will hang. So when the spinster offers to teach him to become a respectable gentleman, with fine clothes and proper manners, he has no other choice. But can a country bloke like him ever pass for a true gentleman?

These are not your ordinary hero and heroine. At first I wondered how the author would ever pull it off! The hero wasn't terribly heroic, and the heroine was not exactly alluring. But I found myself completely invested in these characters. I could hardly tear myself away from reading about them and wondering how things were going to turn out. I thoroughly enjoyed it as Morren once again pulled off an astounding transformation in both characters, and realistically, too. I highly recommend this book!
a bit scripted, but a nice distraction if you want light reading  Oct 19, 2008
I continue to read Ruth Axtell Morren's books because her first novel, "A Wild Rose" is such a tender masterpiece of romantic fiction. However, none of her other books seem to quite measure up and this one in particular seems pretty mass market romance with predictable dialogue. But if you want something light and distracting, this works.

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