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So far, I have enjoyed all of Kate Noble's stories and this is no exception. Although this is a short story, it is complete both in storyline and with character development. This story was less enjoyable than others because the awkwardness between former lovers was uncomfortable. I couldn't accept the basic premise that the father & uncle would deliberately ruin a young woman's reputation and, consequently, her future within the culture and time period. However, the story construction was very well done as usual with interesting twists and details. The emotions seemed real and the relationship felt believable. But, what happened to the fish?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author was very descriptive of the characters, their costumes, their thoughts, hopes and desires. The author reminds me of Jane Austin's style of writing. Anyone who enjoys period stories will definitely enjoy this book.
(2.5 stars) At my age, sometimes I wish time wouldn't pass so quickly. Every time I blink another half decade has gone by. I guess that's why I should be grateful to this little story. It was blah enough that time moved relatively slowly while reading it. Better than watching paint dry but less exciting than watching Wheel of Fortune.
It's a second-chance romance and I like those. This one has heroine Cecilia Goodhue tucked away for ten years in Helmsley, Lincolnshire, a schoolteacher living with her sister and vicar brother-in-law, after an aborted elopement to Scotland with 20-year-old Theodore Hudson when she was 16. False information given to the two lovers leaves each one blaming the other for their star-crossed love long ago.
When Cecilia's cousin Eleonora appears to be making the same mistake Cecilia had, Cecilia sets off after her to make sure she'll be OK. That leads Cecilia to London and to Theodore Hudson. So will they clear things up and have a second chance at love? Along the way there are supposedly humorous incidents and moments. I must be in a grumpy slump and couldn't even crack a vague smile while reading.
Kate Noble has done much better work but that was a few years ago. She's writing to a younger age level now. (Yes, yes, I know I've gotten older but that's not really the problem. Her writing hasn't remained the same. It has become more YA, albeit with sex.) This story was juvenile and underdeveloped and not as witty as I used to find Noble's writing. This novella seems to me to have been put out just to pique a reader's interest in the next book to follow soon in this latest series.
I attempted this one because I had high hopes for the writer of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Alas I gave up after a couple pages. :(( There is no immersion into the time period that I look for in period novels, which one could see immediately.
What a lovely novella. A love that endured a thwarted elopement, misunderstandings, ten years apart and throw in a hint of “Pride and Prejudice”. I love Cecilia and Theo’s reunited lovers’ story. Never give up on your one true love. Great scenes with the villagers deciding to “help” Cecilia in her journey to London (not at all conspicuous). As with most novellas, I was so into the story, I wanted more.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley.