- File Size: 719 KB
- Print Length: 234 pages
- Publisher: Lyrical Press (March 15, 2016)
- Publication Date: March 15, 2016
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B010JYVX66
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #990,787 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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‘Her One True Love’ is a beautifully-written love story set in Victorian England.
Jane Danes is a young woman, living in the small, rural village of Biddlestone. For many years, Jane has been in love with the town’s Squire, Matthew Cleaves. However Matthew has never known of Jane’s love for him, marrying another woman, and leaving Jane heartbroken.
After both her parents die, Jane decides to move out of the village and into the family home, located in the city of Bath.
She wants to make something of herself, and help others in the process. She feels that the time is right to move on, knowing that the one person that she has loved forever, can never be hers.
Matthew is a decent, hard-working man, who married his wife Elizabeth without actually being in love with her. When Elizabeth leaves him for another man, Matthew is humiliated, more than upset. He doesn’t want other peoples’ pity, and certainly not Jane’s.
This is a story of two people being so very much in love, that they are to blind to see how the other one feels.
I loved Jane’s character. She is a very headstrong young woman, with a fire in her belly, and a determination to change her life from the path that she is destined for.
The book is set in an era of change for women. An era of suffragettes, and women realising that they can be independent, and that they don’t have to just become wives and mothers.
Rachel has broken all norms that you associate with Victorian England. You don’t associate that era with women leaving their husbands for other men, for young women to go off on their own, with no chaperone, and you certainly don’t think about the family maid becoming a loyal friend.
This is what I liked about the book. It took the historical past and shook it up, yet still making it very believable.
I also loved the conflict that Rachel has created between the two main characters, as they battled between their morals and their hearts.
The book is beautifully written and will have you glued to the pages. It is a feel-good, heart-warming romance story, that will take you back in time and absorb you in to a world very different from the present.
Reviewed by Stacey at Whispering Stories Book Blog
You have done it again with Jane and Matthew's story. Was I fan of the whole thing about Matthew married in name only thing? Not really because I have a thing about cheating and adultery but you handled it very well. I honestly thought we'd see more of Elizabeth but her scenes were perfect for the story. Karma is good, right?
Speaking of karma...seeing Monica and Thomas living so happily was a joy to see. Monica is still tough when it counts but she understood why Jane had to leave. It's got to be a sister thing with those two. Living at the manor for both of them was stifling and to go out on your own in Victorian England was just unheard of. Jane had spunk, just like Monica and it showed. Loved her scenes with the board and especially the house that she ended up working with.
I would have to say that I'm most impressed with Laura and Adam since we last saw them. True friends to the end for the Danes sister and the talking to that Adam gave Matthew was priceless. :) Also, the scenes at their house with their children. LOL! It was easy to picture those two without a nanny and truly being hands on parents.
Matthew...I have to admit that I didn't like him in the beginning. Sorry but I just didn't. He had so much more growth to go through than Jane. In fact, it really wasn't until he decided to sponsor Jane and Jeannine that I actually started to like him. I found him to be too eager for Jane and without resolving his marriage with Elizabeth...and also his handling of the business with the town. He had to figure out a way to be with Jane and not sacrifice what he was born to do. At the same time, he needed to realize that Jane was an independent woman and had her own goals.
In the end, I loved Jane and Matthew's story. It took awhile for them to finally get to the end. At times, I wanted to slap Matthew upside his head for being an idiot but in the end...he did that himself.
In closing, I hate that the series is ended (?) or will be ending. I have fallen in love with Thomas, Monica, Emily, Will, Laura, Adam, Jane, and Matthew. You write such beautiful Victoria romances that it will be hard for me to pick up another one. They are intelligent, well thought out, with characters that are well developed and that you care about. As you know, most historicals bore me because of the details. I love characters and your's come to life every single time.
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