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The bad: some parts of this story felt unfinished. There was no epilogue, so we dont get a peek of their happily ever after. There were loose ends, such as the first escort, paolo. Angel spent a lot of the book worrying he would come back and take the husbands property, but it was just dropped. What happened to tonio's jacket, did they steal it? In the first part of the book there is a picture if his mother that looks familiar to angel. Who was it? What was nona's relationship to tonio? We never get any answers! Things are thrown into the story but never mentioned again or resolved.
Overall: It had promise, if the author added a few more pages, it would be more satisfying. It was free, so it was worth my time to read it. I just wish it was more focused and more finished.
Angel, (Angelina D'Alessandro) our heroine, is on her way from Italy to meet a 'proxy' husband she has never met. She is then escorted by the very handsome, Tonio, from New York to Idaho, a little mining town where her husband is located. Tonio always seems to be coming to the aid of Angel on their trip and things become quite spicy between them during this very long train ride.
There was a lot of really great research done by the author, and great detail was given to bring this wonderful romance story to us. I found it very refreshing. There is also plenty of adventure and intrigue along the way that definitely kept my interest.
I look forward to reading more by this very talented author.
**A copy of this book was given to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
I am in love with historical romance: more so if there is a chance for me to learn something, or see a new portrayal of a time, or situation yet untouched upon. Gina Robertson brings us an Italian family saga, from mail-order bride to travels through New York, Chicago and on to the mining area in Idaho. With all of the expected difficulties inherent for a new immigrant unfamiliar with language and the country, a woman needing to travel with an escort, meeting a man she has committed to marry without knowing and the labor difficulties that were frequent in the day. So I was ready for a plot rich in emotion and empathy.
Angelina leaves her home and the poverty in Italy to travel to her new husband in Idaho. It was the custom of the time for women to not travel unescorted, so her brother-in-law is her chosen escort. Unfortunately, he is being denied entry into the US for a health condition, and Angelina is left without chaperone or real sense of how to get to Idaho without him. Fortunately, Tonio, a mine owner who lives not far from her intended is in the city to handle some personal business, and he agrees to act as chaperone and see her safely to her new life.
What we have here was an opportunity to play on the reader’s emotions and take the attraction between the two further: but both are honourable people and refuse to act on the building attraction, despite the almost palpable grip. The story wends through the scenery, detailing travel by rail, beautifully incorporating bits of history and emotion into the story as we travel westward. Tonio is a wonderful hero, stepping in to provide protection for Angelina, and even helping to unravel some of the mysteries of life in the United States to her. And she is safely delivered to her husband to be, but with an uprising at the mine between workers, mine owners and those who would seek to organize the miners into a unionized group, the story doesn’t lack for relevant insertions of issues of the day.
What I did find missing, however, were the answers to so many questions: whatever happened to Paolo, we don’t see how Tonio was familiar to her family, nor do we actually see any happy ever after ending. Parts got long-winded and meandered, and while some tightening of the detail and expository scene setting would have helped, the relationship tension between Tonio and Angelina was uneven, and often seemed to peak at the most inopportune times without warning. While I enjoyed the approach and the story, and the romantic elements were well-suited to the time and the characters, I still wanted a bit more to grab on to.
I received an eBook copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility