About the Book:
Aaron Whitworth hasn’t had control over most aspects of his life, but he’s always taken pride in being an honorable businessman and better-than-average horseman. When both of those claims are threatened, he makes the desperate decision to hire the horse trainer of a traveling circus as a temporary jockey for his racehorses.
Sophia Fitzroy knows that most horsemen don’t take her seriously because she’s a woman, but she can’t pass up the opportunity to get away from the tumultuous world of travel and performing. As she fights for the right to do the work she was hired for, she learns the fight for Aaron’s guarded heart might be an even more worthwhile challenge.
As secrets come to light and past vulnerabilities are confronted, will Aaron and Sophia sacrifice their former dreams and forge a new one together–against all odds?
Winning the Gentleman was a delightful read. I’ve always like Kristi Ann Hunter’s books, but this series focusing on equestrian pursuits alongside the beautiful themes of belonging, thankfulness, making your way in the world and discovering what things have priority in life made this novel nearly impossible to put down.
It’s always a bit difficult for me to put myself back in time and consider that so many choices were denied to women simply because they were woman. So Sophia’s story was a fascinating tale. She wasn’t a woman out to demand her rights, but a woman out to do something that she loved (and was skilled at) that allowed her to care for those she felt responsible for. I loved Sophia’s willingness to push hard for a desire, to step back to consider the impact of her choices on another and to adapt to the expectations of society as far as she was able without giving up on her own goals. I also appreciated how Aaron was a man of honor keeping his word even when he’d clearly been misled.
Be sure to read Vying for the Viscount first, where you will be introduced to Aaron and a whole cast of characters that show up in Sophia’s story. I’m now eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.
I received a free digital galley of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.