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- Publisher: Mills & Boon Historical (1 October 2018)
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- Language: English
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Catherine Tinley writes witty, heartwarming Regency love stories. She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings. After a career encompassing speech and language therapy, NHS management, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now works for Sure Start.
She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, and dog, and can be reached at www.CatherineTinley.com as well as facebook and twitter.
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Now this one is the third book in the series but it's one of those series where the books can be read as standalone books or in order. In my case I haven't read the other two books so I read this one as a standalone. But I think I want to go back and read the other two as well!
So we start off with Olivia who is pretty nervous because she's hoping her crush loves her and is going to propose to her. Except he doesn't. He asked to walk with her because he's leaving her for Australia with no words of love or devotion. Which obviously breaks Olivia's 18 yr old heart. And like most people after they experience their first real heartbreak, she closes herself off from men not wanting to be hurt again. Which I completely understand. Once you've been hurt it's really hard to open yourself up knowing that you might get hurt like that again.
Fast forward 4 years and she's suddenly faced with Jem again, after 4 years of no contact. On the same day as he's set to arrive though she also meets another gentleman who immediately catches her eye. And even manages a sneaky kiss! And cue the manly jostling of Olivia's attention, made all the more awkward because Olivia doesn't know Jem is interested in her because he doesn't know if she's interested in him, because she doesn't know he's interested in her. And OMG please stop the merry go round! Personally I've never experienced this. I'm a very straight forward person and if I like someone I'll make sure they know it. So to read this cringe worthy over analysis and self destructive behaviour really had me wanting to smack their heads together going "you both like each other! Now talk it out!"
Obviously I couldn't do that, so I had to settle with obsessively reading this book to finish it within 4 days to know who Olivia ends up with. They both seem to have moments where they are sure of their feelings for one another, but then they over analyse and let silly comments from others make them doubt the other's feelings. And of course George constantly mooning over Olivia doesn't help matter's much. It's obvious he's vying for Olivia's hand in marriage and she doesn't seem to be pushing him away. So will she give up on ever understanding Jem and settle for George who she obviously doesn't love?
Or will she use the same courage she had when she escaped captivity to tell Jem how she feels and see where things go from there? Well as it turns out it's Jem who finally grows a pair and does something. Only to leave her again with no explanation of how he's feeling. Which then put's Olivia onto the backfoot again when someone mentions he's going to marry one of her friends. By this point I was ready to scream at Olivia for lacking some self-confidence and assurance.
Anyway, after another couple of unfortunately encounters for Olivia she FINALLY get's to hear Jem tell her that he loves her. And of course he stuffs up his proposal so she refuses him, which is good because it prompts him to propose in a much more romantic way that she then readily accepts.
My only criticism with this book is that I really would have liked an epilogue. Just to tidy up those loose ends, let us see Olivia and Jem some time later say on their wedding day or something to really solidify that happily ever after. The excitement, the hanging onto the edge of your seat and staying up late so you can know what happens next is great. But I feel like I really needed that extra little bit of closure. Especially since this is the final book in the trilogy.
Otherwise, yet another Harlequin book has not let me down! As I knew I would, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I'm sure anyone who's a fan of exciting, regency romance novels will love this one.
Now, four years later, Jem is back, more handsome and more eligible than ever, and Olivia is still unmarried. She’s determined, this time, to ‘play things cool’, to be mature and sensible and not give herself away despite her renewed attraction to Jem. This time around, too, there’s another potential suitor on the scene for her in the form of George Manning, a very handsome newcomer to the neighbourhood who displays an immediate preference for Olivia’s company.
The story is told from both Olivia and Jem’s perspectives, so the reader is always aware of the true feelings of both of them, and it can get a bit frustrating at times when they constantly misunderstand each other. I wanted to smack their heads together and shout ‘just TALK to each other!’ more than once. External forces also come into play which may prevent Olivia and Jem getting their happy ending, but this being a romance, of course, all misunderstandings and obstacles are eventually cleared out of the way.
While I said Olivia reminds me of Emma, she’s rather less passive and does an impressive amount of self-rescuing rather than letting events dictate her actions. Her desire to change and grow are what makes this feel like a coming-of-age story, and I’d actually recommend it to younger readers of historical romance specifically as they could find her to be a very relatable character. As a ‘clean’ Regency I found it utterly charming. Five stars.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review from the author.