Cecilia Goodhue is a schoolteacher with a past, living with her sister and her husband in a tiny English village. Resigned to a quiet life, Cecilia is surprised when she finds out that her young cousin has run off with a man of no means.
Cecilia had once been a teenaged girl who also fell for a young man’s charms—only to be devastated by his betrayal. Determined to not let her cousin meet the same fate, she heads off to London to but is shocked when her investigation leads her right to the front door of the very man who broke her heart: Theo Hudson.
Together, they reluctantly embark on finding her cousin and returning her to her family. During their searching in London, it soon becomes clear that they both remember their short-lived romance differently and perhaps now, years later, they have a fresh chance at love.
I liked this. Novellas are hard, and I think reunion stories (like this one) are the way to go most of the time, as page time doesn’t have to be wasted with the main characters getting to know each other.
Kate Noble writes stories that are light in tone, but there is always something serious underneath. Our hero and heroine were in love and tried to elope ten years earlier, only to be caught before they reached Gretna Green, where they were lied to and broken up.
So when they meet again by accident ten years later, each thinks the other was the betrayer.
I love reunion romances, and I love that there was angst here. The fact this is the Regency era means that while the hero was able to get on with life and exist in society, the heroine was shamed and packed off and sent away. Though the tone of the story is light, HER story is quite sad.
Now, this book happens at a very fast pace, with most of it happening on one day. I do think this was a little bit fast for a solid reunion, but I went with it. People change a great deal in ten years, especially when they were so young when they were together before, and so I think a little longer for them to learn each other again might have made the reunion a tad more convincing.
However, this was a little niggle, and I didn’t actually pay much attention to the timeframe as I was reading. The author’s characters and her world were engaging enough for me to overlook it.
My only other complaint was that the characters kept saying off of instead of off!
I would recommend this one, especially if you enjoy reunion stories with a little bit of angst.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.