Dramatic and suspenseful, Skylark is a tale of reawakened love. Young widow Laura Gardeyne must protect her son, who is heir to his family's fortune. When an old friend, the handsome Stephen Ball, offers his help, they soon discover secrets that could destroy the Gardeyne legacy.
©2004 Jo Beverley; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC
"Romance at its best." (Publishers Weekly)
"The author's beautifully nuanced characters and gracefully witty writing help this unforgettable love story soar." (Booklist)
I like Jo Beverley, I really do. She is (usually) consistent as a romance author. This book however is slow, and at times, boring -- two characteristics I would rather not have in a romance novel. Apparently our hero has been madly in love with the heroine for forever, but you could have fooled me. I was on installment two of the 12 hour book before he made a move. I don't need an erotic sex-fest in my romance novels to be happy, but a little *romance* would have been nice, and given the genre, expected. Apparently these two characters were "reconnecting", but it was the slowest, and dullest, romantic reconnection I have read in a while. Eventually, 8 hours or so later they connect, but by then I was getting a little sick of both of them. Surrounding the romance there is a small mystery of a possibly-dead viscount which was actually more interesting than the romance. Unfortunately that isn't saying much. To be honest, I found the romance between the two minor characters, which only comes into play in the final quarter of the book, to be infinitely more engaging than the romance between the main characters. I think I would have much rather have read *their* book, than the slow, sometimes dull, romance between Laura and Stephen. I wanted to give this book 5 stars, even 4, but I am hard-pressed to offer a 3 stars. It just was too slow, and too timid for too long, for me to enjoy.
Laura and Stephen aren't boring. Beverley does a great job of presenting the way fear of rejection prevents the hero from making a move that could dash his hopes forever. I also love the way the secondary plot keeps the reader guessing, finally rewarding those who interpreted the numerous clues correctly.
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