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An emotional slow burn read.......
Reviewed in the United States on May 21, 2020
Cocky Hero Club
Annabelle Anders, author
I adore this author and her talent has always astounded me. I've read everything of hers, that's published, and she's never disappointed. However, if, I'm being honest here, I was on the cusp between a 4 and 5 star review. A first for me.....
A challenging task for sure, Ms. Anders took a modern day tale, and made it into a historical tale. A find job she did, too! This story will leave the reader with all the feels; from anger, sadness, disparity, humor, excitement, love to jubilation. The book was broken up into two parts with the first and longer narration, a slow burn affect. While the second part took off at lightning speed.
Two young people, Mrs. Ambrosia "Aubrey" Bloomington, a widow and Lord Cochran Charles "Chance" Bateman, Duke of Chauncey (aka. Mr. Bateman) meet by happenstance, at an Inn while traveling. There is an unequivocal chemistry between the two. However, there is an untruth between them. And this euphemism is the basis for this wonderfully told tale, as they decide to travel together to their ultimate destinations.
The characters, the descriptors of the scenery, to the customs, dress and mannerisms of the time, all were portrayed with excellence. So why, would I consider anything less than a 5 star rating? Simple, that slow burn effect..... I wanted the story-line to move into the next phase already. The chase. The fight. The chance at happiness after so much loss and heartache. Have I peaked your interest yet? Why wait? Get this book now! You won't be sorry! It's a beautiful love story! But wait! While this is definitely a standalone story-line and complete, there is a secondary character that is worthy of their own story. I, for one, am hopeful Ms. Anders writes a story for that character.
I was gifted an advanced reader copy of the book. I choose to leave this review.