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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0996988130
- Publisher: ERB Publishing, LLC (March 20, 2018)
- Publication Date: March 20, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B079SWBJX6
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Greer and Ewan have been betrothed and promised for years, although they have never met in person. Why not? Well, that's one of the twists the author handles, in a most creative way. The letters another reviewer mentions play a large part in explaining that unusual occurrence. I found the letters charming-- never too lengthy and written in a believable voice as Greer and Ewan age.
Despite how much I enjoyed the story and admired the author's deft handling of of some issues, I could not, in good conscience, provide a five star review. This was due to noting a remarkable number of typos and even a jarring misuse of a homonym: the use of the word "exercise" when "exorcise" was required. Yes, yes! I know! Fussy and anal-- but I expect a published book to have undergone excellent proofreading so I don't find having to do it myself. The smooth flow of reading and enjoyment screeches to a halt when I find such issues.
I purchased this book solely on the blurb found in the author's newsletter and, overall, I am glad I did.
Greer is in alt, she loves Ewan with her entire being and he is her best friend and today she will not only marry him, but look upon his beloved face for the first time! Betrothed as children, they have never met, the timing has always worked against them, but they have written letters and come to know each other and have fallen in love. Both are anxious and excited for the wedding.
But this day will not be the fairy tale Greer has envisioned, first they are delayed when they find a badly beaten man in the road, Greer doesn't hesitate to help, the man is barely alive, they are preparing to take him to the castle when the moorkeeper for Crieff, Dewar comes along. He recognizes the man and tells Greer, he will take him and care for him. Greer is reluctant to let the man go, she feels drawn to him, but Ewan awaits. They continue up to the castle and are shocked that no one is there to greet them, they knock on the door and learn the awful news - Ewan is dead. His cousin Malcolm has installed himself in the castle as the new Duke and has the audacity to offer to marry her in Ewan's stead. Greer is devastated and Malcolm doesn't give them any straight answers. He says he doesn't even have Ewan's body yet, he was killed in Edinburgh after a night of carousing with his friends. Greer doesn't believe him, but has no way to refute his words. In her sorrow, she runs out of the house and to the moors to grieve, this is where she finds Ewan's dog Gent, alone and disheveled. As she takes the dog and makes her way back to the castle, she is intercepted by Malcolm and has no choice but to walk with him. They pass the moorkeeper cottage and Dewar tells her that the man died. He sees the dog and offers to take him, but Greer asks Malcolm if she can keep him.
Dewar tends to the man from the road, he is barely clinging to life and has only said one word - Crieff. The man is Ewan and Dewar is convinced that his life is still in danger. Ewan doesn't remember anything - his mind is a black void, the only thing he knows is the name "Crieff", but he doesn't even know what that means. His only memory is a vison of a bridge, a woman and a penny. Dewar tells him that the Douglas of Delshee found him, that is another name he knows, but doesn't know why. For his protection, Dewar moves him to a brothy near Glas Maol (yet, another name he knows).
Greer returns home and is inconsolable for the next two weeks, but finally she is given a purpose to get out of the house - the new duke is selling off unentailed land and her father wants her to look at it, it is near her favorite place, Glas Maol - this is the place between hers and Ewan's estates - a place they had planned to meet but never got the chance. She goes and sees Ewan, but doesn't' recognize him as Ewan - having never met him in person and this man is still healing from a beating and is covered with bruises. She doesn't know him, but Gent does! Greer begins to foster hope that this man, might be her Ewan. She talks to him and learns that he has no memory since the beating. She befriends him and promises to visit him again. She returns home to find Malcolm there - inviting them to Ewan's funeral.
Ewan begins to heal and bits and pieces of his memory return, he is also falling in love with Greer, but sadly has no memory of his previous relationship with her. Greer is now positive that this man is Ewan and writes to his friends for answers to his last day in Edinburgh. But they have to proceed with caution, because even if Ewan can't remember what happened to him, it is clear that someone tried to kill him. When he finally remembers who he is, it is bittersweet for Greer, as he has no memory of her. So she has found the man she loved, but has still lost him.
Together with his friends, they try to sort out what happened to Ewan that last day and who is trying to kill him.
This is a very sweet story of lost love found, betrayal and friendship. It is well written, it is set in the present, but is interspersed with the letters Greer and Ewan wrote to each other, so the reader learns their past and sees them falling in love, which makes it all the more heartbreaking when Ewan doesn't remember her. The story has several suspenseful moments, some steamy love scenes, cameos from Quince and Alastair from Mad About the Marquess, a really nasty villain and a very, very touching ending.
I have loved all the books in this series, but I think this might be my favorite, Greer and Ewan truly are soulmates. I highly recommend this book, it is the fourth in the series, but it could be read as a stand alone title with no problems.
Ewan Cameron, the Duke of Crieff, and Lady Greer Douglas have been engaged for twelve years. Paired together as children, sight unseen, they have been exchanging letters constantly, getting to know their likes and dislikes, their accomplishments and their failures. They find it easy to fall in love with each other, so when the time comes to wed, they are eager to begin their lives as man and wife. When Greer arrives at Ewan's home in her wedding finery, she discovers that not only will there be no wedding but there is also no Ewan. Not anymore. He has died and now Greer is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart. She finds solace in helping a young man found on the side of the road, who can't remember who he is, and as the mystery surrounding Ewan's death becomes clearer, the identity of the young man does as well.
I was immediately intrigued by the idea of two people who fall in love through letters - how much more romantic does it get? Apparently, Elizabeth Essex found a way. As you can guess, Ewan lost his memory, and while he doesn't know Greer, she eventually determines that the young man with no memory is Ewan. They fall in love all over again, and it's just the cutest thing I have read in a long time. I loved how Ewan was so kind and gentle towards Greer, and her generosity of spirit comes out quite frequently in the story. While it did get frustrating later on when Ewan starts to remember everything and everyone *but* Greer, I was confident that their love was stronger than that. It was a very uplifting story of loss and hope, and I really enjoyed it from beginning to end.
Elizabeth Essex is a brilliant writer, able to come up with unique stories and characters that I will remember for a long time. I am always eager to read her books, and I can't wait to read her next story.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**
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