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I love how the author depicted the novels characters. With her peculiarities, Cora was an unlikely, yet lovable heroine. She was just distressed about the effect of the summer weather on plants, including crops and what poor growth would mean to the common people as she was about her court of fortune seeking sutures. Her mother, and over bearing overprotective personality, micro-managed her daughter's life, yet there was a little room for empathy for her for her reasoning. And our hero, Adam, struggled to overcome the effects of being raised by his abusive father, fighting what we know today as PTSD, and struggling with physical pain as a result of a battlefield injury not completely healed, was a hero easy to love and cheer for. I ached over his inability to know how to court according to the excepted customs of the day. Yet he loved deeply .
This novel engage me from the start, first with the character of Cora, and then with the action and suspense as the two struggled with the effects of the winter weather in summer while they traveled north. I also enjoyed the secondary romance between two very interesting characters. This was a sweet romance about some dark times, and one that was a pleasure to read. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good romance.
The author's grasp on the time period, and her obvious attention to detail, shows in a way that you can only hope for in a historical novel. This story takes place during the Year Without A Summer, when a natural phenomenon known as the Little Ice Age reached a near critical point for Europe. And this is such an important point of the novel, driving major portions of plot, without becoming overwhelming. People unfamiliar with the time period might find it odd that there is snow in the summer, but it really did happen that way.
The language is beautiful and flowed naturally. The descriptions of people and places gave a great feel for the story, painting clear pictures. The secondary characters were mostly interesting, one or two were even surprising, but they did not take away from the hero and heroine. Much.
While the story is well told, and the author does a wonderful job keeping interest, I was skipping several paragraphs worth of writing toward the end. I think the story slowed down too much just when I was ready for it to hit the climax.
But this is a clean romance, well-written, period-accurate, and highly enjoyable. I plan to read more from Rebecca Greenwood soon.
I enjoyed this story. The play of characters, not just the main ones but even the secondary ones had rolls to play. Everyone is chasing all over England trying to get to Adam and Cora. He kidnapped her. It was such a cool story. There is a lot happening. The author has taken everything and made into a well written, intelligent and exciting tale. It is humorous and mesmerizing, you have trouble putting it down. This is the first book I have read of hers and it was so worth the time.
I received this ARC free and voluntarily reviewed it.
I really kept picking it up with every free moment I got because I wanted to know what happened next.
The book was so warm and exciting that I wanted to be sure and share my review with everyone.
I bought the book in October, and it was delivered the first week of November.