Mr. Dale and the Divorcee is a lovely Regency romance with an interesting plot twist. A very solid four stars for this enjoyable Regency romance from Sophie Barnes.

4-STAR REVIEW: Mr. Dale and The Divorcée by Sophie Barnes

The Description

The Brazen Beauties: Book 1
Publication Date: November 23, 2021

He’s a respectable barrister…
She’s the most scandalous woman in England…

Wilhelmina Hewitt knows she’s in for a rough ride when she agrees to help her husband get at divorce. Nothing, however, prepares her for the regret of meeting Mr. Dale on the eve of her downfall. No other man has ever sent her heart racing as he does. Unfortunately, while she’ll soon be free to engage in a new relationship, no respectable man will have her.

James Dale would never pursue another man’s wife. Or a woman reputed to be a deceitful adulteress. Furious with himself for letting the lovely Mrs. Hewitt charm him, he strives to keep his distance. But when her daughter elopes with his son, they’re forced into a partnership where passion ignites. And James soon wonders if there might be more to the divorcée than meets the eye.

A very solid four stars for this enjoyable Regency romance from Sophie BarnesMr. Dale and the Divorcée is the first book in her new series, The Brazen Beauties

Wilhelmina Hewitt agrees to sacrifice her reputation in order to give her husband a divorce. It is an act of caring and repayment for a kindness done to her. Widowed barrister James Dale meets “Mina” and is instantly attracted until he learns of her scandalous behavior that caused the divorce. Sometime later, their lives intertwine when Mina’s daughter and James’ son fall in love. During a mad dash road trip to prevent their children’s marriage, James realizes that his harsh assessment of Mina is not correct. She is anything but scandalous… So what is the real story of her divorce?

There were two things I especially liked about Mr. Dale and the Divorcée. I liked that the main characters were older. There have been a few historical romances published lately with older characters, and it is a nice change from all the virginal young heroines. The plot of the book was clever and different. Barnes deserves credit for formulating a tricky conflict between the hero and heroine. She also did a good job of demonstrating how James altered his thinking about Mina. 

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About The Author

USA Today Bestselling Author, Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish, and Romanian with varying degrees of fluency. But, most impressive of all, she’s been married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses.

When she’s not busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading.

Blog Tour Schedule

November 23 – RABT Book Tours – Kick Off

November 24 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog – Spotlight

November 25 – Splendeur Caisse books – Review

November 26 – Readers alley – Excerpt

November 26 – Rajivs reviews – Review*

November 27 – Brittanys book blog – Excerpt

November 28 – Book junkiez – Excerpt

November 29 – Be teased romance book blog – Excerpt

November 30 – Sylv Net – Spotlight

December 1 – Teatime and Books – Spotlight

December 2 – The Avid reader – Interview

December 3 – Novels alive – Review

December 4 – Valerie Ullmer -Excerpt

December 5 – RABT Reviews – Wrap Up


Diane Peterson
Diane K. Peterson is a retired school library media specialist that promotes the romance novel industry as an analyst, speaker, and reviewer. She is currently compiling an analytic history of the romance genre. Diane leads classes and workshops for authors and older adults (Osher program). A compulsive “fixer,” she uses her status as a Goodreads librarian to correct and improve book records as well as assisting authors. Diane is a member of RWA and the Missouri RWA chapter.


  1. Congratulations on your release, Sophie, I enjoyed following the tour and learning about Mr. Darcy and the Divorcee, which sounds like an excellent read and I am looking forward to reading it! Good luck with your book and I hope the tour was a success! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a wonderful holiday season!


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