Author: Sian Ann Bessey
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: Audio, eBook, Print
Date: November 2, 2015
The quiet village of Llanwddyn has long been a safe haven for Gwen, a young Welsh country girl whose life has been fraught with tragedy. Following the untimely death of her parents, it was her aunt’s home in Llanwddyn that provided Gwen and her brother a refuge from their grief. Now, with the unwelcome news that the village is to be razed in the name of progress, an inescapable wave of change has begun.
When her brother departs to follow his dream of sailing the high seas, Gwen is left alone to navigate the shifting world around her. She soon finds herself relying on the support of her brother’s best friend, Lewis, a gentle blacksmith whose kindness stirs her heart. Resigned to the fact that Lewis may never see her as more than a child, Gwen is soon swept off her feet by Thomas, a prosperous young Englishman. Torn between two men and two very different paths, Gwen has little time to determine what course her heart will follow. With time running out for her beautiful valley, will love come too late?With time running out for Gwen's beautiful valley, will love come too late? ONE LAST SPRING by Sian Ann Bessey Click To Tweet
What a lovely book. It was so easy for me to relate to the main character Gwen, one who is sentimental, stubborn, and has a difficult time adjusting to change. I love that she is an artist, sketching her changing village from her perch on the mountain. Her way of coping with life is admirable, to make each day meaningful in some small way, whether it’s taking a moment to appreciate nature or helping someone in the community. Even though the book is not fast-paced, it was one that I wanted to take my time reading and enjoy every page as it steadily moved forward with Gwen’s feelings of anxiety and conflict along her journey of transition. The Welsh setting and words were completely charming. Highly recommend!
Sweet, clean little romance. Not too much angst despite the love triangle aspect. And really there isn’t a whole lot in the way of romance situations. She doesn’t spend that much time with either of the guys. I was surprised that even though I knew who she should marry I was kinda rooting for the other guy for a while. (They were both good guys). But then we met his mother and that ended that feeling.
The author’s note at the end was interesting. It seems amazing that the best option for a dam requires moving an entire community including the cemetery and all its occupants. But by the end of the book I was convinced that it was for the greater good.