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Welcome back everyone, thank you for being patient with me while I took a slight break. I wanted to make sure you got quality reviews without me stressing too much or not getting any sleep.
Surprisingly enough, Rachael has ANOTHER book out! How does she do it?!
Like all her books there is a sensitive theme woven throughout the story that the characters need to work through. In this case its about grief and the loss of loved ones.
On one hand, you have Sophie who feels responsible for her 7-year-old sisters’ death when she was just 14 and took her sledging. On the other, you’ve got Jack who feels responsible for his wife’s death because he didn’t come home on time and she took their daughter to a park and was killed. In both cases they were accidents and yet these events changed everything for both of them.
I’ve never been a big fan of the insta-romance stuff, but I know it’s kinda necessary when you’ve got a limited word count and so much emotion to fit in like Rachael does. For some reason this one bugged me more than most of her books though. I feel like that’s because of why they get so close, and how quickly they seem to change to make it work.
I feel like in real life it wouldn’t be that quick which kept me from becoming fully immersed in the story. It doesn’t stop it from being a great romance and a story of overcoming the fears that hold you back. It’s just not something I fell wholeheartedly in love with like some of her other books.
Both Jack and Sophia have tragedy in their pasts they are still carrying guilt over, which makes for some interesting soul-searching in this contemporary romance as they both have to deal with their pasts in order to move forward to a future together. Jack’s adorable daughter Lily is what draws them together from the beginning when she runs away from her nanny in the hotel Sophia manages; Sophia finds Lily hiding under a table in a conference room and her first impression on Jack is pretty amusing as all he can see is her legs poking out from under the table!
The only quibbles I had here were suspension of disbelief ones; I didn’t really buy Sophia as general manager of a high-end London hotel - the kind a billionaire would stay at - aged twenty-four. Honestly, she didn’t even read as twenty-four; she wasn’t naive. Thirty would have made much more sense. And if it was so important for her to be a virgin, I could still absolutely buy that if she was as dedicated to her career as implied (but I’m really not that keen on the fetishization of virginity in modern romances particularly, so… yeah, that could have been left out).
Jack was very believable as a dedicated businessman who nonetheless adores his daughter and wants to do what’s best for her, reluctantly attracted to Sophia. And Sophia in turn, entirely committed to her career, is taken by surprise by Jack and Lily both, instantly able to see how she would fit into their family unit, wanting it like a child with nose pressed to the windowpane.
There are some difficult paths in the road to the happy ending Jack and Sophia eventually find, with both of them forced to face some hard truths and make choices and compromises along the way - which is what makes them feel very real and human. I did enjoy the read overall, despite the issues I had with it, and I’m happy to give it four stars.
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this title via Rachel’s Random Resources.
🎶 True love, true love 🎵 🎵 It must be true love... 🎶
In my defence, I couldn’t help myself *shrugs*.
My. Heart. Is. Full.
Agreed. I am 100% sap right now and what of it?
Okay, enough about me. Back to the book!
TbtTP is Rachael Stewart’s debut Mills & Boon True Love release. I have come to the conclusion that sweet or spicy (check out Rachael’s DARE titles) there is nothing this author can’t write. Let’s face it, RS could write my shopping list and I’d be enthralled *snorts*. Fangirl down!
Both Jack and Sophia feel underserving of love but for very different reasons. Their past histories weighing them down. Merely existing, not living. It’s amazing how emotional pain can manifest itself in a myriad of ways, isn’t it?
You could say their meeting was kismet, but I’m more inclined to call it Lily-met, lol.
While Jack’s daughter is cuteness personified, she is a scene stealer for sure. It’s the innocent wonder she has for the world around her and the instant connection she feels with Sophia. She was off the aww-scale and in very real danger of jump-starting my non-existent biological clock!
I can also admit to leaving a certain character without a name as the ‘conflict’ event reared its ugly head. It wasn’t pretty on my end; I can tell you *blushes*.
I try really hard not to get jealous of characters in a book I’m reading. However, Jack, Lily, and Sophia ticked an item off my bucket list and four words kept popping into my head after this... remember to look up.
Charming, heartfelt, touching, poignant, and above all, romantic, TbtTP is a story to fall in love with.
Rachael Stewart’s debut for Mills and Boon True Love is a delight. I was hooked in immediately, as hotel manager Sophia Lambert finds herself with a potentially disastrous “situation” on her hands. Hotel guest, tycoon Jack McGregor’s five-year-old daughter is missing. Sophia calmly and quickly ascertains that the child can’t have gone far and goes in search, finding the adorable Lily under a table in the conference room. This is a pacey opening, with more than a touch of humour since devoted single dad Jack McGregor, at Lily’s instigation, is now “forced” to propose a thank you dinner for Sophia. Kids! What can you do, huh?
From the outset, the attraction between Jack and Sophia is palpable—Rachael Stewart is SO good at the tingly stuff—but there is also a true meeting of souls in this lovely story. Both characters have compelling backstories which have locked them into their solitary worlds, but slowly, their connection builds, and love grows.
I loved Lily and her innocent (?) stage managing, and I loved the way that both Jack and Sophia learn to loosen up, the way they help each other see the mistakes they’ve made. The hot chocolate sleepover was lovely, and of course Iceland was such a fabulous location. I anticipate a rush of holiday bookings to Iceland once this pandemic is over!
Ms Stewart is already established as the author of deeply sexy, entertaining romances, but this venture into the emotionally charged, romantic world of Mills and Boon's True Love series is a wonderfully heart warming contemporary romance. I totally loved it. And I'm now longing to lie in a glass bubble in Iceland, watching the northern lights.