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  • Lacking

    Although I enjoyed the basic premise of this book, I often found myself annoyed when reading it. The backstories of the characters and their motivations weren’t well explained and left the reader guessing. Also, the back-and-forth to London and several country estates had me downright confused, particularly in an age when it took days to travel a few miles by coach or horseback. The ending epiphany of both characters was too vague for me as well. Finally, the editing was lacking with incorrect word usage or missing words. This story had the potential to be so much more.

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  • Lady's return to the ton after her banishment

    I received an ARC of the re-released copy of this book. After causing a duel that resulted in the senseless deaths of two twin brothers vying for her attentions, Lady Viola Oberbrook retires to her father's country estate. Over the eight years she has been away building a successful horse farm she secretly operates behind her man of business, Viola finds contentment, if not real happiness, in her seclusion from society. Brock Spencer, the new Earl of Haversham and brother to the deceased twins has recently returned from fighting Napoleon, and now he seeks to rebuild his family's neglected estate, find a bride, and destroy the girl who caused his brothers' deaths and his father's heartbreak. When Brock turns up at Viola's farm, she panics and lies about her identity. The attraction between them is undeniable, but how long can she keep her identity hidden? What other secrets are swirling around Viola's farm? How long must she pay for the mistakes of her past? What will Brock do when he discovers the woman he has fallen in love with is the one woman he has vowed to never allow in his heart? This story differs from the usual historical romance in that it is less about two people falling in love than it is about two people evolving and letting go of old hurts in the face of people constantly reminding them of the people they used to be. For eight years, Lady Viola has committed herself to atoning for the silly, empty-headed, vain and destructive girl she used to be by living quietly and financially supporting an orphanage for children hurt by gun violence, but the London rag sheets have kept her name in the press. Her own father refuses to stand up for her when his mistress castigates her for her behavior of nearly a decade ago. Brock clings to the notion that he must avenge his family's tragedy, when doing so ensures that he denies his own ability to move forward in his own life and seek out happiness. Unfortunately, while Viola and Brock's story is unique and interesting, the story as a whole feels incomplete there are many unresolved threads such as what ultimately happens to Hampstead and Rodney, as well as what role, if any Lady Darlingiver played in her son's activities and how the ton ultimately responded to the events that unfolded at the book's conclusion. Overall, while I think it could have perhaps used an additional chapter or two, i enjoyed the book and plan to read further into the Lady Forsaken Series.

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  • A little romance

    Had a great storyline but very little romance. Brock and VIOLA meet 5 times for a total of perhaps 5 hours max. Not sure this was bought as romance.

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  • Good, but problems with pacing

    I generally really enjoyed the premise and the main characters, but there was a problem with the pacing in general. Sometimes I thought some scenes were so slow and even unnecessary and then the books suddenly ends with questions still unanswered. I was frustrasted that it ended so abruptly. But the story was charming despite that. I don't think I'll continue with the series though.

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  • Pleasant

    This is a nice easy book to read and the ending is as expected

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