Author: Jennifer Moore
Series: Romance on the Orient Express #2
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: Audio, eBook, Print
Date: December 1, 2020
At nineteen years of age, Julia Weston fancies herself a capable woman, far too old to require a traveling companion. But at the insistence of her overprotective father, Julia finds herself aboard the Orient Express in the care of an approved escort. In an ill-advised demonstration of independence, Julia leaves the train on a quick errand and then re-boards and sleeps away her exhaustion. Upon awakening, however, she realizes her plan went terribly awry: she boarded the wrong train and is now stranded alone in the French countryside of Provence.
Now she must rely on the help of Luc Paquet, a young French farmer who offers her accommodations with his aunt while Julia awaits the next train to Paris in five days’ time. As she settles into the rhythms of the household alongside Luc and his aunt, Julia learns more than she ever dreamed she would about France, farm life, and her handsome rescuer. There is more to Luc than meets the eye, and their chemistry is undeniable. But Julia and Luc are from different worlds, and all too soon, the train will bear Julia back to a life that suddenly feels incomplete.
The country setting was charming, the side characters were endearing, and the romance was slow burn and sweet. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and am looking forward to the next one in the series!
This is a fun series with the Orient Express as the thing that ties them together. I felt like this one didn’t spend much time on the train but did come back to it in the end so I felt better about that. It is something of an insta-love story since this couple falls in love over the course of 5 days. There is also an element of a fake relationship since Julia and Luc allow others to believe they are married for propriety’s sake. Julia gets herself into a seemingly constant stream of trouble. Some of them are kinda humorous and some of them are pretty serious. She uses poor judgement so often I found myself saying, “No, don’t do it again” a number of times through out the book. She can’t seem to help herself though. I liked that Julia was able to learn about the folly of judging people even if she didn’t learn to stop acting before learning about things. She tends to think she knows best all the time. She didn’t seem to outgrow that over the course of the book.
I liked Luc but he was a bit snippy when it came to fixing Julia’s messes. It was hard to believe that he was falling in love at first because he never communicated much but annoyance about everything.
It is a cute story. There is a little intrigue about the man with the odd smelling pipe. We never really learn about who he really is. It would be interesting to hear more about his story and the part he plays in people’s lives. And why. Also, I enjoyed Luc’s aunt.
Overall it was an enjoyable read with amusing moments and sweet tenderness.
No sex, language or violence (unless you count unintended harm to a goat)
*I received a complimentary ARC of this book through NetGalley and voluntarily chose to review it.