Publisher: Cerridwen Press
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Rating: 2
Lady Rebecca Hastings has lost her sparkle, her intense joy for living, since her intended was killed in the Battle of Waterloo. On the day that Rebecca’s wedding had been scheduled to take place, she is reunited with her childhood friend and neighbor, Adrian Russell, Marquess of Burton.
Rebecca is immediately conscious of new feelings of contentment as she speaks with Adrian about the happy experiences they shared as children. Memories of their past combined with the cheer of the Christmas season—and some alarming visits from the spirit of her intended—eventually bring Rebecca the knowledge of an enduring love for Adrian. But can he ever accept her as more than a friend?
I wanted to love this book. I found myself fascinated by the blurb and I will admit to being a really soft-heart when it comes to historical romances. But, I had a hard time getting through this love story by Cynthia Moore.
To me, it moved too slowly and dragged in places. I think from moment one I didn’t find Rebecca to be that likable or believable a character. She’s standing on the grave of the man who was almost her husband and his ghost comes to speak to her. After just a moments hesitation, she proceeds on as if this is business as usual.
Even for the restrained historical novels, I felt she could have screamed. So, right off the bat I lost ability to sustain disbelief about the premise of this novel.
However, I do think that people who enjoy a good historical tale may like this better than I did and should definitely pick it up because Cynthia Moore does a wonderful job with dialogue and Adrian is a good old-fashioned romance hero.
2 ½ Tea Cups!