Mrs. Quinn has done it again. A story of two people so perfect for each other you just know their HEA is going to be amazing.
This was another entertaining story by Julia Quinn. It drew me in immediately and I loved the characters! Five stars from this librarian! :)
Moving away some forty years before the Regency Era, and across the Atlantic to the Colonies, Julia Quinn already places this story into the basket of new experiences for readers. It’s rare that we have a revolutionary-war era story to read about, particularly in a Colonial setting, and I was all in from the start – especially with the twist of the “while you were sleeping” added in. Cecilia is a woman in dire straits: her father has died, her brother is away in the colonies at war, and society states that the heir, and her husband and protector shall be her cousin. Not a prospect she wishes to entertain, she takes matters into her own hands and books passage to the Americas to find her brother. While she doesn’t find Thomas, she does find his best friend, Edward Rokesby, unconscious but to hand. She decides that saving him is important, perhaps he’ll know of Thomas and his whereabouts, and concocts a lie, stating that her brother arranged for Edward and Cecilia to be married by proxy, and she has come to join her husband. Edward awakens to find his best friend’s sister (and frequent letter-writer) is by his side, and now his wife. These two are adorable together, Edward is kind, gentle, honorable and he does find Cecilia to his liking. They are slowly sharing stories and dreams, until the first secret is revealed. Sure, there are reasons to dislike Cecilia for her deception, but deep down, this is a wonderfully kind and more than slightly desperate young woman, grasping at the best chance she can see to find her brother and determine some of her own destiny. Edward is hurt by the deception, but rather than over-react and toss her away, he’s willing to listen, to really hear her reasons, and understand just what brought her to such a desperate act. With the question of Thomas nearly forgotten as Cecilia finds herself actually falling in love with Edward, his part in the story is left to a major twist – completely unique and surprising, and wholly unexpected, adding depth and some intrigue to a story that, at its heart, is purely the tale of two people coming to unexpectedly find love and new lives. A perspective and setting that is unique and fresh, combined with a couple at the heart who are so well suited and wonderfully nuanced, this was a wonderful read and a perfect example of Quinn’s writing. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.