Book Review

Book Review: The Stable Master’s Son (Sons of Somerset #2) by Mindy Burbidge Strunk

Rating: ☆☆
Audience: Regency Romance
Length: 221 pages
Author: Mindy Burbidge Strunk
Publisher: FiveJoys Press
Release Date: August 14th, 2021
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads


She always dreamed of marrying a gentleman, not someone from the stables.

Edmund Jenkins’ life is on track. Through hard work and a fair amount of luck, he now owns an estate, and his horses are renowned throughout Somerset. His breeding business is on track to expand and everything as it should be. That is until he meets Miss Carter. His attraction to her is strong and immediate, but she cannot seem to see him as anything other than a groom.

As the daughter of a baron, Miss Elizabeth Carter never thought she would be a spinster, let alone have to work as a governess. When Lord Duhurst seems willing to make her an offer, complete with an estate and a title, Elizabeth is ready to seize the opportunity with both hands. If only she could stop thinking on Mr. Jenkins. He is not the man of her dreams. Or is he? But how could she ever make the life she had dreamed of with a man barely better off than servant?

As the time draws near for the banns to be posted, Elizabeth must decide if security or love is more important.


I really wanted to love this. It just hit the mark on many things that I found myself skimming most of the book.

I did like Phillip. He felt like a real character who knew what he wanted and worked hard towards those goals. I like that Phillip made mistakes but also could apologize. He had some sweet moments with Elle and I was really pulling for him to see things through for his horses.

For Elle I felt eternally frustrated with her. She was wishy washy and hemming and hawing over every little thing Phillip (or anyone) did or said to her. I wanted her convictions to come through sooner and not in the closing chapter.

Phillip and Elle seemed to have chemistry, but for both of them, I felt like they were too involved in their own personal storylines. They took awhile to cross paths enough for me to be truly swept up in their romance. It’s a very short book and more purpose could’ve been put into the main plot line.

Overall audience notes:

  • Regency Romance
  • Language: none
  • Romance: kisses
  • Trigger/Content Warnings: loss of parents, stealing assets, impersonation and identity theft

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