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Much of the conflict in this book comes simply from the drama of two people adjusting to each other and negotiating their relationships and positions, and it's to Lerner's credit that it never becomes boring or melodramatic.
While I enjoyed the first in this Lively St Lemeston series I didn't find the second successful at all, but Listen to the Moon marks a return to form, and I can't wait for the next instalment.
I liked both characters. There was a big age gap between Sukey and John. While I don't really care for that kind of thing, I found it very well-done. Both are aware that there is eighteen years' difference between them, and it comes up in the story as a bit of an issue, too. I loved the honest quality of both of these characters. Sukey could be a little selfish, but she was also kind, independent, and very personable. For his part, John was a bit too proper, and almost always found something to criticize, but he was also very fair and thoughtful of those he cared about. I loved that there character flaws were important to the romance. These characters felt very real to me.
I cannot resist a marriage of convenience, so it's no surprise that I loved the plot. After being attracted to one another, Sukey and John marry in order to secure positions at the town's vicarage. There's a bit too much back-and-forth between them, but at the same time I thought it made some sense given how quickly their relationship started and each character's personality. I really liked the incorporation of family, and what it really means.
Overall, I can't wait to read more books by Rose Lerner. Again, I wish I hadn't taken so long to read this. I think it is a great example of a historical romance between two servants, and I highly recommend it.
I liked so many things about this book. In particular: the way the hero realizes the consequences of sex for a woman in his world (and not just pregnancy) and how the power differences between their positions plays out and is not ignored in the storyline.
Working class characters as the main characters for a historical romance is a rare thing, though you do see more non-titled characters, and middle-class characters who have fallen on hard time. Lerner’s characters are very much servants and their socio-economic status affects their decisions, ideas, and romance in a very real way. This is not to say that this is not a romance novel, for it very much is. And while their lives affect them, it does not define them. John is proud of the work he does, and this is an interesting aspect of his character and very different from Sukey's approach to work as something that gives her a paycheck. And the ways in which they learn to navigate these differences and others is part of the charm of the story.
But mostly I just really loved these characters and the way they interacted, and how their attraction turned to love and support.
And there are hot, sexy times. Yay.
I loved book 2 of this series as well, and wasn't sure I would like this one as much, but I did. Lerner's stories continue to be excellent.
Two people carrying mental luggage and trying to make a life together. Quiet love, love that grows but so very strong.
A truly great book. Now I want to read more by this author!
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