Author: Joanna Barker
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: Audio, eBook, Print
Date: October 12, 2020
Constantly stifled by the rules of Society, spirited Rebecca Rowley enjoys finding ways to quietly—or not so quietly—rebel. But riding bareback and avoiding nosy neighbors are nothing compared to the thrilling secret she is keeping from her family.
When Rebecca’s quick thinking saves the life of a young girl, she unwittingly attracts the attention of the child’s dashing brother, Lieutenant Nicholas Avery. As that attention turns flirtatious, Rebecca is forced to tell him the truth: she is secretly engaged—to the one man her family would never approve of. Fortunately, Lieutenant Avery is a navy man with no wish to marry, or so they both assume as they enter into a friendship. Rebecca hopes to change her family’s mind about her betrothed, but the more she comes to know the handsome lieutenant, the more she wonders if she promised her hand too hastily.
After all her carefully laid plans are shattered during a family crisis, Rebecca must force her heart to decide. Should she stay true to the promise she made or fight for the future she’s only just begun to imagine?
I totally loved this book! It was a beautiful love story of two people who weren’t supposed to fall in love. Rebecca was secretly engaged to the son to the family nemesis, and Nicholas was just home to see to the care of his stepsister and wanted nothing more than to return to the NAVY. But a budding friendship after an accidental meeting can change things right? What I loved the most was the characters! They were deep and relatable. And charming! I loved the friendship they develop and how it slowly grows into so much more. Lots of character growth, especially for Rebecca. Sweet and a bit of intrigue! Highly recommended!
What a delightful read. Loved the characters and their story. I’m not always a fan of love triangles but this one worked. Rebecca undertook great growth and self understanding over the course of the book. Edward and Nicholas were both worthy suitors and very likable so I wanted them both to be happy.
I love a strong female that is willing to go against society norms to make her own life. And I love a hero that is supportive of said woman. And this book was very much that.
I have enjoyed all of Ms. Barker’s books and I add this one to that list.
No sex, language or violence
*I received a complimentary ARC through NetGalley and voluntarily chose to review it.