Isabelle and Alexander by Rebecca Anderson

May 4, 2021 | 1 Comment
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Isabelle and Alexander by Rebecca AndersonIsabelle and Alexander
Author: Rebecca Anderson
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: Audio, eBook, Print
Pages: 238
Date: May 4, 2021
Publisher: Shadow Mountain

Isabelle Rackham knows she will not marry for love. Though arranged marriages have fallen out of fashion, hers has been settled for some time to combine the upper-middle-class wealth of her father’s coal mines with Alexander Osgood’s prospering Northern country textile mills. Though not a man prone to romantic gestures, Alexander is well-known as an eligible bachelor. His good looks have turned more than one head, so Isabelle is content to think of herself as Alexander’s wife.

However, her marriage is not what she expected. Northern England is nothing like her home farther west in the lake country. Cold, dreary, and dark, the soot from the textile mills creates a gray hue that seems to cling to everything in the city of Manchester. Alexander is distant and aloof, preferring to spend his time at the mill rather than with her at home. Their few conversations are brief, polite, and lacking any emotion, leaving Isabelle lonely and desperately homesick.

Sensing his wife’s unhappiness, Alexander suggests a trip to his country estate. Isabelle hopes this will be an opportunity to get to know her new husband without the distractions of his business. But the change of scenery doesn’t bring them any closer. While riding together on horses, Alexander is thrown from his and becomes paralyzed. Tragedy or destiny? The help and care that Alexander now needs is Isabelle’s opportunity to forge a connection and create a deep and romantic love where nothing else could.


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One response to “Isabelle and Alexander by Rebecca Anderson

  1. Maria

    This storyline is unique from others I’ve read. It was interesting to have such a seriously life changing accident be the catalyst for their romance. The romance is definitely a slow burn. Really nothing moves fast in this book. The pacing is pretty slow moving.

    I found myself frustrated to not get any of Alec’s perspective in the story. I didn’t know if he just didn’t care, didn’t really like her, resented her, was just too selfish to see her needs, was just too dense, was really an awful person, too shy to have a discussion, or what. What was his problem? And the only real excuse we get later on for his behavior didn’t really resonate for me. I couldn’t read any of his personality from her perspective. And maybe that is the point. She doesn’t understand either.

    As far as Isabelle goes, I really wanted her to be a consistently, stronger female. She had her moments but she really did make herself invisible so much of the time. She was very kind toward Glory and that showed her true colors.

    I did enjoy the story overall. The later part of the book housed a sweet romance that shows the potential for having a wonderful happily ever after whether he walks again or not. They do need to hire another person in a leadership position at the mill though. The mill and the busy working town reminded me much of North and South. I could envision the “snow” falling as the workers worked so hard. I liked that Isabelle gained an understanding and appreciation of the workers and the lives they led.

    No sex, language or violence
    *I received a complimentary ARC through NetGalley and voluntarily chose to review it.

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