Regency England seems to be the place to travel in today’s Christian fiction circles and there certainly seems to be plenty happening within the characters and their circumstances especially when it comes to living within their expected-and respectable-boundaries.
I will admit that Alec has not been my favorite hero to read, but-yes, I’m including a but-he grew and changed as the story progressed and I liked him a bit better. He has a bit of a pretentious air about him when the book starts, though he is reinventing himself in humble beginnings.
Julia is a challenging character as well. Strong willed, she does manipulate her way around her mother’s affections and their strained relationship make for some strained scenes.
It’s not a smooth ride for sure, though the thought of “regency fiction” does lend itself to seeming that way. You get a peek into a time period that really, had all the same problems we do, just dressed a bit differently.
The ending was satisfying and the characters changed from their beginning counterparts. While not my favorite of titles that I’ve finished so far this year, I have absolutely no doubt that avid fans of Regency England will fall in love with Alec and Julia’s story and the stands they learn to take.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers through Litfuse for my copy to review.
More about the novel...
Leaving London, dancing master Alec Valcourt moves his mother and sister to remote Devonshire--but is stunned to discover that dancing is prohibited! He finds an unlikely ally in Miss Julia Midwinter, but her questions about his past are becoming harder to evade. Together, can they bring new life to this quiet village--and heal long-kept-secret scars?
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