Six years later, the former friends are thrust into each other's paths once more. Leah had been looking forward to the ball, an opportunity to further her acquaintance with the handsome Mr. Wilkins—but when she sees Charles's familiar face through the crowd, her traitorous heart leaps.
Charles faces his own struggle: he has loved Leah since he was fifteen years old, yet it seems he is too late—it appears that her affections are otherwise engaged. As the pair tentatively renews their friendship, the spark between them in undeniable.
After so many years apart, leah endeavors to reconcile her feelings toward her once cherished companion. But when a conniving revival for Charles's attention approaches Leah, the threat is clear: give up her association with Charles or a devastating secret about her family will be revealed. Faced with an impossible decision, Leah must make a choice—the ruin of her family or the ruin of her heart?
Regency is such a fun genre and the English countryside always makes for a beautiful backdrop. This book revolves around Charles and Leah, childhood friends with the spark of something more. I enjoyed the alternating points of view which helped me form a stronger bond between both characters. It was fun to see both sides of the story and made me a champion to both Charles and Leah.
In the beginning I thought the characters acted much younger than their supposed ages. I wish I would have had a bit more definition of their early relationship. I was also bugged by the continued name change (which another of my blogging friends mentioned as well). From first names to Miss or Mr, or just last names. It was distracting.
But, aside from these minor annoyances, I really enjoyed this book. The characters were both easy to like and understand. The back and forth banter made me smile and I could easily picture this story playing out like a movie in my head. There was a dangerous accident, a dastardly villain, secrets and misunderstandings.
I do believe this is an author new to me. And, I also believe that this is her first book. This makes me extremely happy because while I enjoyed the book, there were some things that bothered me but that can only get better as this author refines her craft. I'm really excited to have another author to keep my eyes on and I will be watching for future books.
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