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The Captain's Midwinter Bride (The Daltons) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B08K49CBJV
- Publication date : November 12, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1439 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 114 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #569,494 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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I really enjoyed the depth of emotion in this novella. Marrying for convenience at a young age, with Phillip leaving soon afterward for sea, and infrequent shore leaves over the course of his career, he and Annalise are more strangers than husband and wife. They've been wed for 25 years and have two children but they've never had a real marriage, never formed an emotional bond. I liked them a lot and was pulling for them the entire way. There are many issues they need to work through; not surprising after basically living separate lives for 25 years. I appreciated how De la Rosa took her time with them, navigating them through the awkwardness, the resentment, and the yearning while leading them to a deeper understanding and appreciation of one another. Leading them to what might just be a forever love.
I also enjoyed the fact that Phillip's reunion with his entire family, not only his wife, was explored in this story. It was so poignant to watch him learn how to be a father to his adult daughter, on the cusp of a marriage that may not be in her best interests. He remembers the young girl who idolized her father but reality has placed him in the path of a resentful adult, firmly on her mother's side, who does not make their reunion easy for him. I enjoyed her journey as well.
I don't know if the author has plans for future stories for this family but I'm invested in them now, hoping for a happy ending for Beth and definitely intrigued by Oliver. There are also a few other loose family threads that I'd like to see resolved. I'm curious to know what happened all those years ago, and why, and see justice for those who were wronged. I am not ready to say goodbye to the Daltons.
I guess some of the relationship issues are resolved throughout the book, but the conflicts aren't. Do they end up moving to Wales, staying in Bristol, or traveling back and forth? What happened to Oliver's friend, and does he reappear? Does Phillip confront his brother about the stolen money? Does he confront the guy who kept harassing Annalise? The novella seemed to stop before it was finished.
It is not very often I read romance set after the usual fairytale Happily Ever After, thus the wedding day.
And this one is set 25 years after this very moment. Yet the heroes lived far from a fairytale. Having spent much more time apart than together. But now Annalise’s husband is retiring from Naval’s life, it is like a new beginning or the end of them.
As they must reacquaint with the other, his leave times did not prepared them for the person they now are.
Annalise faced parenthood, lack of funds, children turned adolescent and so on, all alone.
Yet she has always known her husband to be someone she could rely on.
But now she is no more queen of her kingdom, what of her, what of them.
Philip went where he was ordered, but he always came back. Their marriage might having been one rushed on because of Annalise’s circumstances at the time. It is one he never regretted. He knows he has selected the perfect bride from him. He enjoyed his time at home, get to know his children even if he missed most of their growing up.
But as shabby things come to light, they must also prepare their daughter’s marriage and it’s not all rosy when they have doubt upon the fiancé commitment to their daughter.
What a charming read of two people who get a second chance together, who open their heart, who listen to the other’s struggles but stand together for their child.
I loved every minutes of this story with two mature and less prone to fits of temper lovers, lovers who must reinvent themselves to give their marriage a second life.
I have just one remark, they never faced Philip’s brother for his lies and schemings.
A lovely setting, sparkling dialogue, well-drawn characters, and seasoned romance equals a heartwarming read. Highly recommend!
I really like this author, it’s my first book by her, and I definitely intend to read more of her work!
CW: discussed past forced kiss/fear of assault
Top reviews from other countries
Perfect book for any who have gone through the ups and downs of marriage, and still want magic with the one they're with.