Friday, May 12, 2023

Historical Romance: Clarissa by Jean Jacobsen

Today, I have a historical romance novel to share.  Check out Clarissa, read my thoughts on the book and learn about author Jean Jacobsen.  Be sure to enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Book Title:  Clarissa: A Clean & Wholesome American Historical Romance by Jean Jacobsen
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+) ,  324 pages
GenreHistorical Romance
PublisherJean Jacobsen
Release date:   Feb 2020
Content RatingG: Wholesome


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About the Book

Tragedy brings them together. Will love tear them apart?

New York City, 1832. Clarissa Tanner is carefree and lighthearted until the sudden death of her parents. Forced to pay off family debts or lose her horse farm, she's given one choice: auction off her beloved horses or reluctantly enter 1830s New York Society social season to face the dreaded marriage market.

Nicholas is a man on a mission, searching for his missing brother. Fearing Liam may be the victim of foul play, Nicholas needs to keep a low-profile while conducting his search. He takes a position as a dance instructor, providing refresher lessons to the beautiful but distracted Clarissa.

​Clarissa and Nicholas find a connection through grief and movement as they fight their attraction to one another. Will they give in to their desires and find true love or will family obligations keep them apart?
My Review

Clarissa is a Clean Romance with Some Suspense. While the novel is a primarily a historical romance, some mysterious elements are at play, guiding some of the plot and adding to the book's twists and turns. The romance side of the novel develops well from the beginning to a relatively satisfactory end. Some of the mystery pieces found some resolution but felt less complete than Clarissa's love story. I assume some of the stories will develop further in later series books.


Readers will Enjoy the Characters as the Plot Unfolds. It isn't easy to not like Clarissa and Nicholas and root for a happily-ever-after style ending. As in most romance novels, some unrealistic scenes and character interactions made some of the book feel rushed or out of sync--but not so much that the main storyline was lost. 


Would I recommend Clarissa by Jean Jacobsen? If you enjoy mostly clean historical romance novels, this one is well-developed and engaging from beginning to end. Expect some twists and turns that still leave some questions unanswered. All in all, fans of historical romance novels will enjoy the characters and the flow of the story.

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Meet the Author
Jean Jacobsen is an award-winning storyteller of Sweet, Historical Romance. Featuring strong female characters, roguish heroes, and 19th Century adventure tales. She pens stories that transcend the heart and always have a happy ending. Because of Jean’s deep passion for history, she includes real events from the time period, making her stories come to life as they transport you to a by-gone era. Join her on the next adventure.

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