Author: Laura Lee Guhrke
Genre: Historical Romance
About: (Pub. synopsis) Lady Beatrix Danbury has always known she would marry William Mallory. She’d loved him forever, and she’d never doubted he loved her, too. But when she made him choose between their life together and his lifelong dream, Will chose the latter, and left two weeks before their wedding.
Will has no illusions that Beatrix will welcome him back with open arms, but six years has not diminished his love or his desire for her. The only problem is that she’s about to marry someone else. Someone safe and predictable… the complete opposite of Will. But can he stop the wedding of the season and win Beatrix back, or is it just too late?
My thoughts: I think what I liked most about this novel is the era – early 1900s England. There are Daimler motorcars and women might wear trousers while driving. In fact, some women are pushing the limits that society has placed on them regarding such things as smoking, drinking or having a job. Beatrix is a bit of a modern woman but she still feels the pull of family responsibilities and expectations.
Will, however, was tired of family demands and decided to follow his own dreams of archeology in Egypt. When Beatrix refused to marry him if it meant leaving England, Will left without her. Six years passed and Will returned to find Beatrix planning her wedding to another man.
There are misunderstandings, hurt feelings, and bitterness about the past but (this isn’t a spoiler because it’s a historical romance) Guhrke’s characters eventually find their way to a happy ending. Although the novel wrapped up neatly, it left me wondering about a couple of characters. I think the next book in the series may answer my questions.
Source: HarperCollins/Avon via NetGalley
Rating: 3.5/5 stars