Jera’s Jamboree reviews: Not Really Mr Smith by Katri Cardew

Not Really Mr. Smith by Katri Cardew

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 310 KB
  • Publisher: Breedles Publishing; 1 edition (13 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language English
  • ASIN: B0067FZB0G

When a strange accident had the family lawyer suspicious, James Geraghty was brought in as a replacement bodyguard for the heiress Aden Barrington. What he didn’t expect was that the job not only entailed him being renamed and joining her menagerie of staff but that she would drag him all over the countryside while she drew trees.

The association with James causes Aden to withdraw from her fantasy world to face the realities of life, except that hers consists of a cousin who might have organised her removal. James finds himself struggling to keep Aden safe while coping with her strange and deadly family. He would be far more confident if her eyes weren’t the colour of honey and her hair a halo of sunshine. James discovered he got much more than he bargained for when he accepted the job of being Mr. Smith because falling in love wasn’t part of the job description. 


Not Really Mr Smith begins with the reader becoming familiar with our hero James Geraghty, including the reason why he left his childhood family home to join the military.  Through his connections with the military, James is offered the position to guard Aden Barrington.  When we first meet James, he is a man who has emotional barriers and is guarding his heart.

Aden is a very interesting character.  Something she saw as a child of ten has shaped her withdrawal of the world and she is hiding behind an eccentric artistic temperament.  Her re-naming of people in her life shows an astuteness of the author in seeing underneath everyday personas.  The staff around Aden treats her as if she is still a child but underneath Aden’s ‘mask’ she is very aware … she knows exactly what is happening.

At a weekend away celebrating her aunt’s birthday, James’ past becomes his present and this sparks Aden’s feelings.

During the final crises, Aden learns some truths and this releases her from her vulnerability and enables her to face up to reality.

I think  James and Aden’s love is very innocent although soulful!

I have to admit that Katri Cardew’s writing intrigued me as it has an ‘old world’ feel to the rhythm.

Not Really Mr Smith is a story about power and looking below the surface (as well as the romance!).  At £1.92 on Kindle with Amazon, it will give you a few hours of escapism into a world of money … what it is capable of buying and what it is not.

I would like to thank the author for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Katri Cardew’s books on Amazon
You can find Katri on her blog or tweet her.  She also has a Facebook page.


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