Author: Stacy Henrie
Series: American Heiress #2
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: Audio, eBook, Print
Date: April 23, 2019
Publisher: Mirror Press
A love match turns into a lonely marriage. Will Clare and Emmett reconcile their differences before it’s too late?
American heiress Clare Herschel made what she hoped was a love match when she married the handsome, witty Emmett Markham, the Earl of Linwood. A little over a year into her marriage, though, Clare finds herself wintering in Sicily—alone. She is sure the mild climate is the answer to avoiding another miscarriage and Emmett’s apparent indifference, so she’s determined to remain in Italy as long as possible. The last person she expects to show up at the villa is her husband, especially when Emmett confesses he’s there to convince her to return to England.
As the only surviving son of a marquess, Emmett has done everything his father has asked of him—even agreeing to run for a seat in the House of Commons. However, this latest task comes with a nearly impossible caveat. He must convince his wife Clare to come back to England with him in order for them to appear to be a happy couple for his political campaigning. Emmett isn’t confident Clare will agree to the plan, though, not when she seems to want nothing to do with him or the life they’d begun building before she abruptly left him for Italy.
When a massive earthquake strikes Messina, Sicily, claiming the lives of thousands, Clare and Emmett must set aside their mutual misgivings about their marriage in order to survive and lend a helping hand to others. But in the wake of the destruction, they begin to realize they’ve been given a chance to decide if their love is stronger than the upheavals of the past.
What a compelling book! The setting of the earthquake and it’s aftermath was heartrending. The circumstances brought about real growth in the characters, both individually and together. Emmett and Claire were a love match, but had grown apart through misunderstandings and lack of communication. I was grateful to learn about that part of their relationship through the flashbacks. I felt like I really got to know them and better understand their journey. I loved watching them come together again during such a trying time. It wasn’t easy, but they got there. I loved their story!
I received a complimentary copy of the book, which I voluntarily reviewed. I have given my honest opinion.
This is a sweet and clean romance that is full of miscommunication between husband and wife. And as is often the case in a marriage things could not be set to rights until someone started truly communicating. I liked both the main characters so it was a relief to finally see some headway both in their marital relationship and their relationship with his parents. I liked that Emmett was able to make friends with the reporter and they could both see the positives in each other. The story does have a happily ever after ending but not everything in the book works out how one might want it to. Not everything was tied up in a neat bow. The earthquake was based on real events where thousands died. It would have been unrealistic to have everything end completely happily.
I docked a half star because I felt like there was a lot of repetition in the spouses wondering about the survival of their marriage. I know that was what the story was about but sometimes I just felt like as a reader I’d heard it all already. And the one other thing was the flashbacks. I don’t tend to like a story told in multiple flashbacks. It worked okay in this book but it isn’t my favorite. It did help that at the beginning of the flashback it always gave not only the date but also reminded the reader of how many months earlier it was so I didn’t have to try to track the timing in my head. And I know some people love flashbacks like this so that is just my own personal opinion.
There are some Christian themes in the book since the characters are religious.
Sex: some kisses
Violence: a little, not graphic
*I won this book in a giveaway and voluntarily chose to review it.