Plot: Lauren Smith flirts with the trope of mixed signals and a man filled with hesitation, when approaching affectionate feelings. The book manages to prolong this tension until its final pages, forcing readers to succumb to the author’s inventions. It has all of the qualities expected from a romance novel: maddening conflicts, charismatic characters, and a love that wreaks an undeniable giddiness.
Prose/Style: The prose is delicate in nature without being bogged down by uppity or verbose language that is commonly mistaken in old English accents. The author’s execution and thoughtfulness with her tone makes the book pleasing to modern ears.
Originality: The genre of historical romance is saturated with women brandished in luxury, but Smith’s heroine fashions an internal richness that triumphs any love based on social class. Her story is one of two beings falling for each other’s' souls and not simply their bodies.
Character Development/Execution: Every character in this book, excluding the villains Alistair Sommers and Cornelius Selkirk, are self-effacing yet gallant. The author writes her characters with a doting air that expresses their modesty and vulnerability. Readers cannot help but sympathize with them, root for them, and praise their successes.
Blurb: This is a book that delights in an emotional panorama of timidity, spirit, and desire.
Date Submitted: May 06, 2021