Official Review: Follow Her Heart by M. L. Taylor

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Official Review: Follow Her Heart by M. L. Taylor

Post by CommMayo » 05 May 2019, 15:41

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Follow Her Heart" by M. L. Taylor.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Aniela and Jessie grew up worlds apart. Aniela’s life was consumed with all of the trappings of 1840s high society England: fine gowns, lavish balls, and eager suitors waiting for her eighteenth birthday. Stolen at birth, Jessie lived the life of a street urchin, hustling to stay alive while living with her prostitute mother and barbaric step-brother. Their lives tangentially intersect when best friends Lucian and Jaylon become unwitting participants in the lives of both women.

At the bequest of her father and unbeknownst to the daughter, Lucian courts Aniela and asks her to marry him. Aniela can’t get a brief encounter with Jaylon out of her head and plans a trip to Boston prior to their wedding, only to have her ship sink with her on it before leaving the harbor. Meanwhile, a gravely injured Jessie escapes her step-brother’s violent advances for a final time and gains passage on the only ship to leave the harbor that night. Assuming his fiance’s inevitable demise, an anguished Lucian commands his ship to leave port unaware of the stowaway trying to pass as a young boy.

M.L. Taylor’s Follow Her Heart is an intriguing historic romance novel that predominantly focuses on the lives of Jessie and Lucian. The story takes the reader on a journey far from the gritty beginnings of Jessie’s miserable life. There is a fun balance of the pomp of the English nobility and the lives of the working class. Taylor includes the perfect amount of mystery to keep readers turning the pages to figure out the origins of Jessie’s life in addition to following the tumultuous romance between her and Lucian.

The plot is very interesting and does not disappoint as major revelations are exposed; however, the editing of the novel seriously falls short and does not do justice to the interesting tale weaved by the author. In addition to grammar and spelling errors, there are abrupt shifts in point of view and infrequent but cringe-worthy interpretations of slave dialect. Readers of modern romance novels or the new adult genre will need to force themselves to suspend belief throughout the novel in order to immerse themselves in this romance. This book is a slightly more modern version of the Fabio-covered paperbacks found in your mother’s cart at the supermarket.

All in all, I give this intriguing romance a rating of 3 out of 4 stars. As a lover of historical romance novels by authors like Paula Quinn or Maya Banks, this novel was a little too old-school romance for me. While Follow Her Heart could use another solid round of professional editing, lovers of Regency romance and rags-to-riches stories will really enjoy this novel. There is no cliffhanger ending for Jessie and Lucian, but you will absolutely want to run out and pick up the next novel in the series as soon as you turn the last page.

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Post by kandscreeley » 07 May 2019, 08:40

Romance isn't my genre, but you've made this sound appealing. It's really too bad about the editing issues; that is so easily fixed with a good proofreader. Still, I'm glad you were able to find some enjoyment in this one.
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Post by kdstrack » 07 May 2019, 11:41

The historical references and descriptions would be interesting. The blend of mystery and romance makes this seem like an easy weekend read. Thanks for the recommendation.

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Post by Prisallen » 07 May 2019, 14:38

This sound like an intriguing romance novel to read. I hope the author gets a good editor to fix the errors. Thanks for a wonderful review!

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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 07 May 2019, 18:23

The book sounds quite interesting. I like that the character's miserable upbringing
doesn't define their future.It is unfortunate that it isn't well edited. Great review!

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Post by Meg98 » 07 May 2019, 21:38

This sounds like an interesting and unique read.... I love a good romance novel! Such a shame about the editing; it really can detract from the reading experience, even if the errors are minor. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Great review:)
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Post by Rachel Lea » 08 May 2019, 14:27

Books in this genre are not really my thing, as I find the same types of plots tend to be rehashed over and over again, but your review was excellently written. Thank you!
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Post by Wilkister94 » 12 May 2019, 07:32

Follow Her Heart by M. L. Taylor sounds like an intriguing romances novel to read. I like the fact that the character's miserable upbringing
doesn't define their future. Great review.

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Post by Amy+++ » 16 May 2019, 08:58

I love historical novels and romance so I am very excited about this one.

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Post by Ibrahim Dirisu » Yesterday, 12:02

pretty interested in this one, love reading romance books and mostly historical blended........seems like my next book to read..thanks for recomendation

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