I have a serious guilty pleasure for historical romances, and this book had me all wrapped up in warmth and cozy, good feelings this past blistery autumn weekend. If you are anything like me you've read a thousand and one romances where something happens and someone is transported back in time to some era where they meet the love of their life and must decide between staying or finding a way home. This all became popular with one of my absolutely favorite novels, The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, and started this new type of historical romance where past and present are blended together. Which leads to the question, why should you read this one?
To answer that question you need to understand that I love escapism reading, and the way I judge books are on my ability, or lack of ability, to put the book down. In this case, I started reading late into the evening and had planned to just read a little before heading to bed. Before I knew it my clock was telling me it was 3am and I was considering the ramifications of staying up all night to read vs. my ability to function in the morning. While the basic premise of the book may sound familiar, it is the characters that bring a story to life, and this book has some fascinating characters.
Lucy Merriweather is a bookish introvert, who has been dating someone, Simon, she is not 100% confident is the right one for her. Simon is fabulously rich and heir to an actual English castle, and has invited Lucy to spend some time with him visiting England. Lucy agrees in that a.) She has always wanted to see England, and b.) She wants extended time with Simon to see if she should continue the relationship or end it on good terms. I do not want to give anything away so I will say that the plot thickens and quickly grabs the reader and pulls them into this world. The author truly knows how to write a good romance and knows how to hold readers attention. The story never fell short, never felt rushed, and never lost tempo. The world was very much brought to life in my mind and was vividly written.
So it is for all those reasons that you should read this book. I've read some brilliant books in my life and some really crappy ones, and this one is a good one if you enjoy gushy romances without any vulgarity. One more thing, while this book is part of a series, it ties up nicely and the story is completely satisfying.
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