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I adored this book! Set in the early 1800’s, it is the story of love in the face of social differences and troubled pasts. It is absolutely beautifully written. The language and style used are masterfully done, making it a true pleasure to read. It has its share of passion, but it is a story of romance, not eroticism. It is a gentle love story between two people, but also a story of family love and values. The role of Deborah’s son, Julian, and his relationship with his mother and Evan is an integral part of the story that is particularly touching.
The book is reminiscent of Jane Austen, but with more modern dialogue, situations, characters, and interactions. The characters are not always proper, or polite. They lose their tempers, struggle with social graces, and do not always respect the boundaries of socially accepted behaviors. This makes them more human, and more believable. In addition to our hero and heroine, there are several secondary characters. Some are likeable and some are not, but all of them add to the book’s charm.
The author draws the reader in from the very beginning, immediately jumping into the story. Character development is already well underway before the end of the first page. It is not a fast paced book, but it has a good rhythm that is appropriate to the story. Much of the book focuses on Deborah’s internal struggle. Her feelings tend to go back and forth, which makes certain aspects of the book somewhat repetitive. However, this is understandable in the context, and there is still plenty of variation.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It is a beautiful, well written story. I’m adding it to my “curl up on the couch with a hot drink” list. It is perfect for spending a pleasant afternoon visiting a different time, a lovely couple, and all of the people and circumstances that make up their world. I can’t wait to read it again. I highly recommend it to lovers of historical romance. A real gem!
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