Author: Terri Rochenski
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: April 21, 2014
Keywords: Sweet, Historical Romance
Hired as a nanny for her cousin’s children, Anne Tearle finds security and a loving family. The children are a dream, but London society is a world of its own, one where a displaced farm girl has no business being. But, wealthy rake, Gavin MacKay, helps her to see associating with the upper class might not be as horrid as she first assumed.
Like all things worthwhile, love comes at a price, and the cost soon bestows more anguish than joy. Lost, but not undone, Anne must find the courage to begin life anew, or succumb to sorrow's unrelenting waves of grief.
This book went in a direction I never expected, though in hindsight the clues were there. I loved the “Flavor” of the story as it started out. Anne is a poor orphan taken into the home of her wealthy cousin. Anne’s expectations are low; she is grateful to escape the brutish clutches of a hateful aunt, and expects to earn her keep as a servant in her new home. Her cousin has other plans for her; however, and introduces her to the snobbish elite of London.
For wealthy, handsome Gavin MacKay, Anne seems to be just what he is searching for in a wife and he quickly woos her; sweeping her off her feet. For several years Anne is blissfully happy and her Cinderella –like happiness is all she ever dreamed, and more. Then the story takes a dark turn. Gavin’s motives in marrying Anne are revealed and his true nature comes to the forefront.
It dismayed me that this story became almost unbearably sad. I held out hope almost to the end for Anne and Gavin. However, the new beginning that Anne embraces finally did leave me content that perhaps her future could finally bring Anne some well-deserved happiness. This novel was well-worth the time I spent reading, made me appreciate things today that I often take for granted, and provided a perspective on how unfulfilled hopes and dreams can cause a relationship to sour so profoundly. There is a surprise twist at the end that gives credence to the idea that fate will always have the last laugh. Best of all, this is the start of a series. I am looking forward to the continuation of Anne's story.
This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review.
Reviewed by Laurie-J
Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling.
Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her three young children allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open.
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