Stopped at page 76 and than more or less skipped the whole book, I just read this stupid letter scene and the end. I doubt that I will ev1.5 DNF stars
Stopped at page 76 and than more or less skipped the whole book, I just read this stupid letter scene and the end. I doubt that I will ever read the whole book but the writing style was good therefore I give it two stars....more
Generally this historical romance wasn't bad but I had different expectations and was a little disappointed because my expectations weren't f3.5 stars
Generally this historical romance wasn't bad but I had different expectations and was a little disappointed because my expectations weren't fulfilled. Before purchasing (or in this case pre-ordering) this novel I haven't read the description and therefore didn't knew anything about the story. I cannot recommend this novel nor can I do the opposite.
So what did I expect and what did I get. I didn't knew this story is set in the United States (only a short part is set in England and one cannot count this part because it is restricted to one house and didn't show the English society life that I like). And I'm not a fan of historicals set in the US, I haven't read one in years but new remembered why I disliked them. I just missed the glamour and lifestyle of the English society. Sometimes people tried to behave like English peers would but overall they didn't. And in my eyes the story was pretty unbelievable....more
I really liked the idea of this novella, I am a huge fan of "lovers in the past", "he made a mistake aka bet and must win her back" and "she4,0 Stars
I really liked the idea of this novella, I am a huge fan of "lovers in the past", "he made a mistake aka bet and must win her back" and "she is a wallflower" stories. Especially the bet part intrigued me, I love it, when the hero loves the heroine but loses her because of this mistake and must atone for it.
The romance was okay for me, but it disappointed me a little in the end, because over the time the romance went missing, it just evaporated... (And yes, that is never good for a romantic novella ;-)) I really liked the hero, Max, and I could believe that he really loved the heroine, Eleanor, and that he made his mistake, the bet, not because he wanted to ridicule her, but to win the money so he would be able to give her a better future as a husband. He is not titled or rich as Croesus, only a horse breeder if I recall correctly.
Eleanor was very rigid and serious, but in the beginning I liked her because of that. She seemed intelligent and sensible, but in the end I hated that she always thought the worst of Max and always left him without telling him or asking if what she guessed was right. This made me think, that she is not only not really in love with him (because love means trust, at least in my eyes) but not intelligent too (making the same mistake over and over again). And I started disliking her her, because she continuously hurt him (I know that he hurt her too, but he apologized and tried everything to undo it), whereas she never learned to change her ways (I do not even know if she apologized or if he just forgave her). In his position I could not be with her, that made the romance unbelievable and not romantic at all, because emotionally it could not grab me.
Nevertheless the novella was a nice and fast read, especially the beginning was really great! Later on the heroine was getting on my nerves and Carolyns story was getting too important, her story overshadowed the major love story and that should never happen in a romance novel, even in a novella that is only the introduction to a new series. And because it was clear, that Carolyn was making a mistake with her marriage, I knew that I would not want to read the first book in this series. Unfortunately I do not like unhappy marriage/he is dying and she is finding a new love love stories...
Great idea, but the minor love story is too important and taking too much space of this novella. Additionally the heroine, Eleanor, is making stupid mistakes over and over again, ruining the romance a little bit. I cannot really understand why the hero keeps loving her, but that is how love is (sometimes)....more