Love Denied by Margaret Lynette Sharp is an enchanting romance story about a piano teacher who believed that love had passed her by. At the age of thirty-one, Elizabeth is still single and living at home with her aging parents. She isn't single because no one has asked her to marry them. On the contrary, although she loved Tom, she had turned him down because she was engaged to William. Tom left Australia and went to Scotland to work with his uncle. William, who had been at war, came home a changed and scarred man. Elizabeth knew that she couldn't live with him and broke off the engagement. Although she is happy teaching piano, the years pass her by. A new student begins taking lessons from Elizabeth. Her recently widowed father is interested in Elizabeth. She is flattered and returns his interest. Now all these years later, Elizabeth unexpectedly hears from Tom. Her mother is not thrilled with either of her prospects and is making Elizabeth miserable. Elizabeth is ready to move on, but to do so, she has to make some choices.
Love Denied by Margaret Lynette Sharp is a moving romance novel about lost love. The imagery written in the first few paragraphs is enchanting and gives the reader insight into Elizabeth's soul. This is a wonderful story about love and redemption. It shows that just when you think life has passed you by, a whole new dimension opens up to you. I was amazed that Elizabeth had the courage to make any life decisions after being under her parents' thumb for so many years. Even though love had been denied her, she got a second chance. The beauty of the story touched my soul. I recommend this novel to readers who love a good romance and stories about second chances.
Love Denied is a romance novelette written by Margaret Lynette Sharp. At 31 years of age, Elizabeth Simmons is unimpressed with single life. Living with very strict parents who never cease to criticize her or anyone she takes a fancy to, Elizabeth throws herself into her job, which she loves with a passion. But being a full-time piano teacher has its disadvantages due to seclusion. This changes, however, when Edward Peterson books a piano lesson for his five-year-old daughter, Sally. Although still coming to terms with the recent death of his wife, Caroline, Edward feels an attraction towards Elizabeth and asks her out. Elizabeth's parents immediately go into overtime with insults, hoping to see her fail in both love and independence. Determined to find happiness, Elizabeth accepts Edward's invitation and enjoys a wonderful evening, but then he vanishes from her life. In a mysterious chain of events, a man from Elizabeth's past returns, revealing a horrific and cruel secret about her vindictive mother which changes her life forever, forcing her to make the toughest decision of her life.
With Australia as the backdrop of this wonderful romance novelette, Margaret Lynette Sharp has managed to not only reel me in with the deep interpersonal relationships between the characters, but also bring about a pang of homesickness for Australia's east coast. Love Denied focuses on a woman who is financially dependent on her cruel and judgmental parents. The secret which unfolded while reading this book shook me to the core, stirring up shock, anger and disgust at how any parent could be so brutal. One of the things I liked the most is how each of the relationships was well-explained, whether it be a man from Elizabeth's past, present or future, and I appreciated the depth of emotion which went into each and every chapter. Although in need of a mild polish, Love Denied held my interest from start to finish and I recommend it to readers who enjoy drama, betrayal, suspense, love, lust and tragedy neatly stirred into a complex, yet romantic tale.