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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Review: Her One True Love by Rachel Brimble


Print Length: 232 pages
Publisher: Kensington Publishing (March 15, 2016)

From Goodreads.com: She Can't Forget Him... Jane Charlotte Danes has loved the squire of her idyllic country town for as long as she can remember. He is good, kind, and alluring beyond words... and he chose to marry another. Tired of dwelling on her futile longings, Jane plans a move to Bath, where she dreams of a new beginning. But the man who has so imprisoned her heart is only a few steps behind...

He Can't Let Her Go...

Until now, Matthew Cleaves has endeavored to meet the responsibilities of his position with dignity and good spirits--including his dutiful marriage. But when his wife leaves him for another man, Matthew is at last free to pursue his one true love. Only one vital question remains: will the captivating, stubborn, beautiful Jane allow him the challenge, and the pleasure, of winning her back?..


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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

WARNING: This book is recommended for mature audiences only due to sexual content (that happens outside of marriage). If this is not your cup of tea, then this book may not be for you. However, you can just as easily skip that scene and not miss any of the overall plot.

This story was an ok read. It was definitely a bit different than the novels I usually read in that the hero of this story was already married to someone else (albeit estranged from her). 

I enjoyed watching Jane as she seemed to mature from someone who was used to being told what to do, into a woman who figured out what she wanted and went for it. I liked that she choose to start over in a new place, but went with the intention not just of getting away from Matthew, but also as a way to help impoverished and orphaned children. 

However, I found myself hard to believe in the chemistry between the two main characters. Sure, they gazed into each others eyes a lot, and they claimed they held an affection for each other, but it wasn't something that I felt that I really believed in. I can believe that Jane held an affection for Matthew her entire life, but for him to suddenly "discover" her when she had been his close friend for years? 

Another point of contention for me is that I would say at a decent portion of this story is about her trying to push him away, and then allowing herself to get closer to him. Instead of this back and forth between them that became somewhat repetitive, I would rather have seen more interactions between her and the children she would be helping care for. Or perhaps a more detailed scene between Matthew and his estranged wife. 

Overall, I think this story may still appeal to some fans of historical novels (especially ones that are somewhat different than the usual). 


DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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Her One True Love is available from Amazon.com

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