Reading romances is like watching a great romantic comedy on TCM or a period drama on PBS- yes, there is a formula as old as the hills but the formula is elevated to art in the hands of a good writer and cast. Each great romance writer has her own individual style, her favorite locale (Regency England, the Highlands of Scotland) and her own way of building characters and story. Some are time travel books, some have a mystery at the heart, some are intricate family dramas. It doesn’t hurt that every hero is absolutely gorgeous with not an ounce of extra flesh on his powerfully muscled body, has as a warm heart beating below his gruff exterior and a keen eye for the unusual woman. But what I like the most is that all of the heroines are clever, strong and fearless. And no matter their travails, they always come out on top. That was what I needed when I picked up Ms. Jeffries book and didn’t even know it. I needed a heroine who, faced with daunting odds, had lost faith in herself but through courage, tenacity and a great dollop of humor rallied to turn her situation around and find happiness.
“If all else perished and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.”—― Emily Brontë, “Wuthering Heights”