by Ruth Axtell Morren

August 2008
ISBN: 978-0-373-78623-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Steeple Hill
Mass Market Paperback

Innocent of a crime, Jonah Quinn nevertheless was scheduled to hang from the hangmanís noose. Just moments before he hangs, he escapes, and takes prison volunteer Florence Hathaway hostage, to ensure his freedom. He lets her go as soon as heís sure heís safe.

God seems to have other plans. Sick and with nowhere to go, Jonah finds him looking up Florence and asking for help. Florence and her brother take Jonah in, and come up with a plan to win Jonah a royal pardon. If their plan works. After all, clothing doesnít change a manís heart.

The Making Of A Gentleman started out kind of depressing, but once we moved past the hangmanís noose and had Jonah and Florence on the run it improved drastically. I enjoyed getting to know Florence, and Jonah, and the cast of secondary characters made the story complete.

The faith message is quite strong, but fits in with the charactersí voices so it isnít overly preachy. A fascinating tale, The Making Of A Gentleman is an endearing Regency-era love story.

Reviewed in September 2008 by Laura.

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