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Monday, May 22, 2023

Clarissa: A Clean & Wholesome American Historical Romance by Jean Jacobsen: Review & Author Interview with iRead Tours


Book Details:

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
Book Description:

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?
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Author Jean Jacobsen gives readers mystery, history, and sweet romance in this enjoyable tale that's set in 1832 New York. Clarissa is a young woman who's dealt two unexpected blows: the sudden tragic loss of her parents and the shocking discovery that her once comfortable lifestyle may be in jeopardy. What follows is an enlightening peek into high society, when young women attempted to find suitable husbands. Would Clarissa succeed in finding a wealthy husband, or would her heart be captured by the man who'd been hired to be her dance instructor?

The dance sessions between Nicholas and Clarissa, their undeniable attraction, and the peek into 19th-century courtship are perfect for readers wanting romance but Jacobsen creates added interest with twists. turns, and unanswered questions. Clarissa is the beginning of the Chronicles of the Hudson River Valley series so there should be much more reading enjoyment ahead!

I received a complimentary copy from the author via iRead Book Tours. There was no obligation for a favorable review. These are my thoughts.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars 

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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Author Interview:

Jean Jacobsen is an exciting new voice in the clean and wholesome historical romance genre. Her debut novel, Clarissa, has captured the hearts of readers with its strong heroine, roguish hero, and captivating storytelling set in 19th-century America. In this interview, Jean shares insights into her writing process, inspiration, and upcoming projects.

Q- What inspired you to write your debut novel, "Clarissa”?

I was inspired to write my debut novel, "Clarissa," when she popped into my head and wouldn't leave me alone until I wrote her story. 

Q- Can you describe how you balance romance with adventure in your novels?

Just like in real life, my characters have situations they must navigate which make the story come alive.

Q- How do you approach writing strong and independent female characters in a historical setting?

The characters must be believable, not subservient. They each have their own personality.

Q- What do you hope readers take away from your books?

My books reflect real life with love, loss, and a sense of hope. Always with a happy ending.

Q- Can you share a sneak peek or hint about any future projects you are working on?

“Liam”, a story about a missing brother in the Hudson River Valley is straight out of the first book, “Clarissa”. He called to me to tell his story which is quite an adventure of a treasure hunt and so much more!

Enter the Giveaway:
Clarissa by Jean Jacobsen Book Tour Giveaway


  1. Great interview, thanks for sharing

  2. This takes place during one of my favorite eras, and I love the mix of romance and mystery/adventure.