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4.0 out of 5 starsNice and heartwarming story
Reviewed in the United States on October 10, 2018
I am a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, and that is how I found this author. I have read the other books in the series, and I can say that Sally Britton knows how to write attractive, sympathetic, compelling characters. To me characters are the most important part in a book. If I don't find myself interested in a character's plight, I don't even finish reading the book. From the whole series, this is my favorite book. Both Rebecca and Christian (the heroine and the hero) tug at the reader's heartstrings. The story is a classic romance, without an excess of drama, despite the fact that there is plenty in the backstories of the main characters that could have turned the book into an outright tearjerker. However, the author kept a nice balance of emotion without overdoing it (at least from my perspective). The book is not overly complicated either, but keeps the reader glued to the pages, again, because of the rather likeable main characters. Of course, not everyone likes the same types of stories, but for this reader, this is one satisfying read. I recommend the whole series, though I wouldn't say that you need to read all the previous stories first... but you might like to read them though, to put into context the whole familiar back story of the sisters and cousin. I hope Sally Britton continues writing. I do have to mention some spelling glitches, but they didn't put me off. I hope to read more from Sally Britton, she sure was a delightful happy surprise (my experience with self-published authors has been a rather mixed bag, leaning more towards the bad than the good).
This is a squeaky clean read, so if you don't want that, steer clear. Otherwise, it's an okay read. Christian and Rebecca are beaten down when we meet them. He doesn't believe in love and won't be a part of it in his arranged marriage. I really found the reasoning for this hard to swallow. His parents shared a deep love, despite her being a non-peer from Italy. She dies of small pox when Christian is very young (he is left with pox scars) and his father soon thereafter. He is raised in a joyous, happy home until his English grandfather sends for him at the age of 15. He is immediately sent off to Eton where he is bullied for being Italian, scarred and having an accent . On top of that his grandfather is a tyrant. His accent is beaten out of him. He has no one with whom to speak Italian except for his dog until Rebecca's 14 year old brother enters the story.
Rebecca believes wholeheartedly in love. She has a deep connection with her siblings, who are all kind, loving people. The problem are her tyrannical father and Aunt. Her father has contracted a marriage with Christian's grandfather. She goes into it planning to fall in love with her stranger betrothed, which she tells Christian from the outset. I found his responses to all of that to be really immature. Stoic, surly, rude... I don't know... juvenile. They are at the same house party and do manage to spend time with each other - but not daily - just these little pockets of time. Still, in the course of 2 weeks they are in love, he suddenly is healed of his emotional scars and they go on to live happily ever after.
I did finish it but it was slow going. The author's style is nice and there are no over-the-top villains. I might try another in the future.
4.0 out of 5 starsBeautifully heartfelt, poignant fall
Reviewed in the United States on October 18, 2018
Romance, clean; period Heartfelt, poignant fall between two hurting hearts. Rebecca's arranged marriage to Christian, heir to an Earldom, made by her tyrannical father seems to be awful. But her determination to fall in love with the disfigured man she has invited to her cousin's house party, and her gentle, kind, cheerful, playful, honest demeanor and actions, ease them both into a lovely, sweet, romantic fall. Hurting, honest hearts made for each other. Christian's wounded exterior and and heart with his protection around it, not wanting to experience more rejection, and hurt by loving anyone or exposing himself to that rejection and ridicule again, is gradually worn down as Rebecca eases into his mind, soul, and most importantly, his heart. Well worth the read, and by far, my favorite in this series that I have read. Dialogue flowed naturally, told from alternating points of view, but with perfect flow. I rarely give a 4.
I can't wait for more from this author! I have truly enjoyed all of her books and see her skills growing as her writing progresses. Her stories are clean and sweet, as well as very engaging. The author writes well and obviously does a lot of research into different facets of her stories. In her previous books I grew frustrated with her errors in peerage titles, but that error is corrected in this novel. (It's a pet peeve of mine, and I wanted to shout for joy when I read this book! Perhaps unfairly, title errors are hardest for me to overlook when an author writes such good books and displays real writing skill.) There are a couple minor typos, but that happens in almost every printed book too. I do think that there are still times when the dialogue used is a little too modern and sounds a bit odd, but it is nothing very obvious. For instance, it seems to me that the word, "really" was not used the same way two hundred years ago as it is now. I would expect something more like "indeed" or "truly", etc. in it's place. I also have some questions about Christian's position in the House of Lords. this is not something that I have heavily researched, but it seems to me that, as his title (while his grandfather is alive) is only a courtesy title, he has no right to a spot as a hereditary peer in the House of Lords, and I have never heard that an heir was allowed to take the seat of a living peer in the House. I'm not saying that it wasn't possible, but I'm questioning if it was. Beyond that, however, I loved this book. Christian was a fantastic hero and I loved seeing Rebecca work so hard with intent to learn to love him. It seems especially striking because so many people give up on the hard work in relationships.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 24, 2019
Another gem from the pen of Sally Britton. Lovely to read book 5 such a different story to Rebecca's two sisters tales. Another' once started had to read to the end' story. Well worth reading. I cant wait to read Harry's story to complete the set. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
This is the first book I've read this year, and it's simply beautiful. I love how the hero and heroine slowly get to know and love each other. The title seems to refer not so much to her coice of husband (who was chosen for her without consulting her, after all), but to her choice of giving and receiving love. That takes courage and strength of character, which I always admire. There is such wonderful warmth and emotion, they really deserve their HEA!!