- File Size: 282 KB
- Print Length: 123 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: The Wild Rose Press; English Tea Rose edition (August 13, 2012)
- Publication Date: August 13, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008XLJ4SC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,641,145 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Mine to Keep (Love Letters) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
A wonderful historical novella, this story made me laugh, sigh and thoroughly enjoy both Elizabeth and Leo's adventure. While the language sometimes made me pause - with both the old style of speaking and a few Italian words peppered in neither of these detracted from the story. Both Leo and Elizabeth could be stubborn and difficult, their attraction was undeniable. The spice their relationship and interactions brought to the book really made it sparkle.
Hard core historical readers might find some nit-picks, but I really enjoyed the world, settings and characters. The romance builds slowly but is no less sensual because of that. The author manages to juggle the history elements, different social settings and intertwine an intriguing plot to wrap it up into a wonderful book I thoroughly enjoyed.
Originally posted at LAS Romance Reviews
Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
Lady Eliza has received a letter informing her she has inherited an Italian castle and lands from someone she’s never heard of. Journeying from England to her new home in Italy, she finds someone else has also been informed he’s inherited the same property, a commoner named Leonardo. The will stipulates that Eliza inherits the castle itself, and Leonardo has inherited the land. In order for them to fulfill the stipulations of the will and keep their inheritance, they must marry and stay married for a year and a day. While neither one wants to marry, Leonardo is fascinated by the headstrong, stubborn Eliza. Eliza, while fearing for her virtue, finds him devilishly attractive. What they don’t know is that someone does not want them to marry and succeed.
I liked the mystery surrounding the inheritance in a far-off Italian town, which is why I chose to read this book. Leonardo is a good hero – handsome, strong, confident, and he’s been forced to pull himself up by his bootstraps. While he’s been known to go after what he wants, he doesn’t force himself on anyone.
Eliza as a character has a lot of potential, but it took me awhile to like her. While I can understand she’s been thrown into a place and circumstances that are completely foreign to her (no pun intended), she comes across as haughty and shrewish. Her first night in the castle, her servants are set to guard her door so Leonardo does not force his way in and essentially rape her. In my opinion, the author could have stated her fears once, but instead Eliza dwells on this far too long and comes across as a coward. I want my heroines to be strong, capable, and willing to defend themselves when necessary. Seeing Leonardo through her eyes does not make him hero-worthy.
I would have liked a much deeper point of view from the characters. There were a few instances of “head-hopping” – jumping from one character to another. Few authors can pull this off successfully, and it takes the reader out of the story when not handled right.
One of the best characters was the broom-wielding servant Leticia. She comes to Eliza’s aid several times with her broom, fending off Leonardo, and then the evil villain.
The author did a nice job with the setting, and I could easily picture the castle that Eliza and Leonardo have inherited.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.