Forget Me Not by Sarah M. Eden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Kindle purchase
Genre: Victorian Romance
Book Description: Nottinghamshire, 1785
Julia Cummings has long been acquainted with loss-her mother, her brother, her sister, her friend, all gone too soon. But the loss that pushed her grief to the limit as a young girl was that of her best friend, Lucas Jonquil, who abandoned her without looking back. Now, eight years later, Lucas has returned to Lampton Park, and Julia has steeled herself-she will never forgive the man who broke her heart.
After losing too many of his friends and family to early deaths, Lucas vowed to live life to the fullest. And after traversing the world, he has returned from his adventures to find his family and home as he left them-except for Julia. The little girl he left behind has blossomed into a captivating lady, a lady who makes it clear she despises him. With little hope of reconciliation, the former friends are blind-sided when their parents make a shocking announcement. Lucas and Julia have been betrothed without their knowledge and are to marry immediately. Now Lucas must rely on the help of his closest friends to win the heart of a lady who loathes him-a lady he’s coming to love more deeply every day.
My thoughts: The Jonquils are one of my favorite fictional families. I loved the books of Lucas and Julia's children. Now it's time to read about them and their love story. I loved it too!
Julia has been left behind by everyone in her life. She became reclusive and refused to let anyone into her heart, she feared being hurt when they would leave again. Lucas has been a friend to her since she was a child. He left, breaking her heart and leaving her alone.
An unexpected arranged marriage brings them together. It was interesting to see how they reacted to each other and tried to move ahead with their lives. Once again, Julia fears that Lucas will leave her alone, even though she is his wife. The obstacles they face are both funny and heart wrenching.
A bright spot for both of them is Lucas's friends, the Gents. They are a bright spot for Julia and Lucas. They were also a bright spot for me. They are like brothers and not afraid to let Lucas know he is being a "dunderhead". I really can't wait to read their stories. I also feel that I should go back and read the stories of their children.
This book was everything I hoped it would be.
Source: I received a complimentary copy. I also purchased a kindle copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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About the Author: Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today best-selling author of witty and charming historical romances, including 2019’s Foreword Reviews INDIE Awards Gold Winner for Romance, , and 2020 Holt Medallion finalist, . She is a two-time “Best of State” Gold Medal winner for fiction and a three-time Whitney Award winner. Combining her obsession with history and her affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting deep characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a bachelor’s degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library.
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