Author: Heidi Kimball
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: Audio, eBook, Print
Date: March 1, 2019
Three years after a shocking scandal destroyed her family and forced her into isolation, Eleanor Hayward finally has an opportunity to put her painful history and dashed hopes behind her. But reentering society is no simple task. In her cousin’s glittering ballroom, Eleanor is stunned when she comes face-to-face with the man who broke her heart those years before.
Edmund Fletcher thought he had laid the past to rest until he unexpectedly encounters the woman who so nearly became his wife. Soon to be engaged to another, Edmund knows he must let go of the complicated feelings he harbors for Eleanor. However, when the Hayward scandal resurfaces and the truth behind their parting is revealed, Eleanor and Edmund are left reeling. Tormented by thoughts of what could have been, they realize it is impossible to rewrite history. But is there a future in which they might both find happiness—and true love?
Rating: Mild. Mild kissing.
First off – the cover- beautiful.
I like Ms. Kimball’s writing style and enjoyed the story. It had swoony moments but was also heart breaking and I did cry a bit.
I don’t always love flashback stories and this flashed back and forth for much of the book but this one worked for me. I saw in some other reviews that people didn’t like the flashbacks but when I thought through the story told start to finish chronologically I didn’t think it would hold the same impact. I think the flashback element made the book what it was.
Already being familiar with North and South I guessed right off what had happened three years earlier that caused the rift between Edmund and Eleanor but I had no idea how the book was going to play out at that point. So every time a chapter flashed back to that time I wished we’d just get to that point in the story so I could see if I was right. I wanted to pat myself on the back. 🙂 Still I was definitely not reading a N & S retelling. Completely different story. Just a similar element involved.
I liked both Eleanor and Edmund. I was frustrated with Edmund but I still liked him. I was glad that he was willing to stand against society for someone he cared about. I kind of expected a bigger blow up between Edmund and Miss Coombs whom I didn’t like from the beginning but I think what did happen was probably more realistic to me. I thought the banter between Eleanor and Edmund was fun. There was nothing contrived in Eleanor. She was just a delightful person in her younger years.
I was disappointed in Beatrice. She had such a strong, outspoken personality that I expected her to be more loyal instead of following her mother’s shallow ways.
I loved the Warwicks and their kind goodness toward Eleanor and her family. It was surprising that Mr. Warwick invested so much time with them. What a wonderful support he was.
I enjoyed this story and the style of writing. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Kimball’s work.
Sex: some kisses
Violence: tells story of past violence. Atrocities of war. Not graphic
*This book was provided to me by Netgalley and I voluntarily chose to review it.