Reviewed by Sandra Scholes
Synopsis: Lily Parkins might seem like she is in the perfect marriage, but looks can be deceptive – her husband is too overbearing for words, and her doubt about her marriage causes her to leave the place she has called home for many years in search of a better life. She manages to find it when she moves to her grandmother’s old farmhouse, the setting for the Madrona Island Bed and Breakfast Inn.
Review: To her it is a new home away from all the disappointment that has clouded her life, and to others, it can be home too. When she gets there she finds a book of old letters, recipes and family history – by reading it, she is getting glimpses of what has been and what could be if she gets over her failed marriage. But just when she thinks she has given up on men altogether, she finds a soul mate in Ian, a local artist.
- The book Lily finds – it’s amazing!
- The relationship between Lily and Ian.
- The setting the characters are in.
- The emotional pull of the characters that makes the story more believable.
Review: The story follows Lily and Ian in their relationship, when they thought love might not be for them. Lily has the chance of making a new life for herself, but being alone most of the time might have been her fate if she didn’t also shed the disappointment of her own past as well. Why should she be alone when she can experience love with another. This is a story that crosses the boundaries of being unhappy in love, to finding love eternal and is one that will enchant all who read it.
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Sandra delights in immersing herself in anything period romance, says that supernatural romance novels have a tendency to grasp her in a way that some don’t, and thinks GLBT romances have that extra something and show a different way of how people of the same sex find love and try to keep it. She likes a wide variety of novels and is interested in reading stories, and in some cases, the shorter the better. Romance of all genres can keep her interest, but she finds that the Regency period is one of her firm favourites. Learn more about Sandra in her Reader Highlight.