Author: Sally Britton
Series: Branches of Love #2
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: April 19, 2018
Publisher: Blue Water Books
A broken heart and past regrets keep them apart, but a second chance at love may heal them both.
Banished from home by her angry father, Julia Devon travels to Bath to fulfill her role as family spinster by assisting her cousin, Lady Macon, in caring for her dying husband.
Nathaniel Hastings’s life runs in a predictable pattern, until a routine visit to one of his ailing patients brings him face to face with Julia, the woman who broke his heart five years before in London.
Julia and Nathaniel find themselves unlikely allies as they work together to tend to the family’s needs, fend off Lady Macon’s scheming brother-in-law, and avoid confronting the pain of their shared past. But could this accidental meeting be their second chance at love?
Rating: Moderate. Mild kissing; moderate violence or horror.
I am a new fan of Sally Britton but she won me over with this story. Such a swoony lead and great regency chemistry.
I loved this book. It is my favorite Britton book so far. So sweet and swoony. One thing that made this different is that so much of the story is about Julia’s cousin and the loss of her husband (which made me cry). So while a lot of emotional energy is spent on that story we still spend energy hoping for Julia and Nathaniel but we don’t spend so much energy dwelling on their angst. I love how the two stories balanced each other.
The whole time I was reading it kept reminding me of Persuasion and it wasn’t until the end that the author’s notes clarified that it was indeed inspired by Austen’s fantastic novel. There were plenty enough differences that it was obviously not a rewrite of Persuasion but it had the same second chance at love in its story and the same Austen-like feel. No wonder I loved it.
I loved all the main characters and almost all the minor characters as well. Can’t love Mr. Macon. Horrible man. But everyone else was good and kind and lovable. Even the staff were good, loyal and supportive. Society doesn’t play much of a role in the story so there isn’t even snotty people who think they are better than others to dislike. I guess we can dislike Julia’s father also but we just hear about him and never really meet his awful self.
I really can’t think of anything I didn’t like except a couple things. The death was sad and made me cry. It was heartbreaking reading the Baron’s farewell scene with his young sons. So touching. But I would never want to take it out of the book. I just didn’t like feeling sad and crying. And the other thing would be that I would have loved to see the court fight with Mr. Macon play out and him get put in his place. I’m sure it would have detracted from the love story wrap up but still the vindictive part of me would have loved to see it happen.