An Inconvenient Romance by Chalon Linton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from the publisher to review.
Genre: Regency Romance
Book Description: The countryside of England provided an idyllic backdrop for Charles Brumley's and Leah Hasting's childhood. Neighbors and best friends, the pair passed many happy days racing through the rolling hills of Derbyshire. Everything was perfect—until Charles ruined it all and abandoned Leah for university.
Six years later, the former friends are thrust into each other's paths once more. Leah had been looking forward to the ball, an opportunity to further her acquaintance with the handsome Mr. Wilkins—but when she sees Charles's familiar face through the crowd, her traitorous heart leaps.
Charles faces his own struggle: he has loved Leah since he was fifteen years old, yet it seems he is too late—it appears that her affections are otherwise engaged. As the pair tentatively renews their friendship, the spark between them in undeniable.
After so many years apart, leah endeavors to reconcile her feelings toward her once cherished companion. But when a conniving revival for Charles's attention approaches Leah, the threat is clear: give up her association with Charles or a devastating secret about her family will be revealed. Faced with an impossible decision, Leah must make a choice—the ruin of her family or the ruin of her heart?
My thoughts: This is a thoroughly enjoyable Regency romance. The writing style is a little different from the Regency books I usually read. The chapters are short and told from both Leah and Charles POV's. As a reader we are immediatley rewarded with the other characters thoughts and feelings. It was refreshing and felt "real time". There wasn't a lot of past tense rehashing of plot points. There were flashbacks to previous events that revealed piece by piece the history of the characters.
There is someone who is trying to prevent Charles and Leah from becoming a couple. This book contains the maneuvering and plotting of advantageous marriages. One thought that came to mind while I was reading was that I don't like the games that petty people play. There lives would have been so much simpler without outside interference. There are also a few other events that complicate their relationship. But without angst, there wouldn't be much of a story or happily ever after.
This is a clean book. It is very entertaining and well worth the read.
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About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads) Chalon Linton was first introduced to Jane Austen by a dear friend and now she can’t get enough of handsome men in tailcoats. Her intrigue in the genre stems from a nostalgic longing for manners, wit, and true love. Fortunately, Chalon found her dashing gentleman, married him, and now lives happily ever after in Southern California.
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