Thursday, February 24, 2011

Wedding of the Season

Laura Lee Guhrke

Abandoned at the altar . . .
Lady Beatrix Danbury had 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 or his lifelong dream, Will chose the latter . . . and left two weeks before their wedding.

Return of the duke . . .
Will has no illusions that Beatrix would welcome him back with open arms, but six years did not dim his love or desire for her. The only problem is, 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 Take:  

Don't let the cover fool you, this book doesn't take place in the 1980s as you might expect, but instead takes place in turn of the century England. The storyline follows a pretty classic romance novel storyline: boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl separate, girl moves on, boy returns, girl feels torn between safe new love and exciting old love.  We all know what happens at the end of these books, but just in case you don't know, I won't spoil it for you here, but you'll learn after you get a few dozen romance novels under your belt.  Like I said, we all know what will happen at the end of romances, but that isn't really the point, romances are all about he journey and the characters.  The journey and the characters in Wedding of the Season aren't half bad.  The two love interests are a little whitebread  (the book needed a good villain, or something to spice it up a bit) but still good semi-interesting people you can root for.  The setting of coastal England was gorgeous, further fueling my Anglophile status.  The book was solidly written, so if you are looking for a quick sweet read, you won't be disappointed.  Was this the greatest love story ever written?  Nope.  Did I enjoy it?  Absolutely.  With that I rate Wedding of the Season a 3 Find a Used Book Store  I am definitely looking forward to reading more from this author, and I am very interested in learning the fates of the rest of the characters in the book, as this was the first in a series.

Do you agree with my review?  Do you think I'm totally off base?  Either way I'd love to hear from you, be sure to leave a comment and tell me how you feel!

If Wedding of the Season was a movie it would be rated PG-13 for sexual content

**FTC Disclosure:  This book was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was given, all opinions are my own***

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Jill said...

gotta love those covers! i'm gonna add this to my "to get eventually" pile :) thanks for the review! i'm a romance novel slut! :D can't get enough....

The Book Gatherer said...

I'm glad you said not to be put off by the cover, otherwise I don't think I would have gone near this one at a glance. What on earth made them choose such an image if the story is set at the turn of the century?! Will definitely keep an eye out for this one in a used book store - thanks!

Sheila Deeth said...

That cover would've fooled me. Nice review. I'll keep an eye out for it--easy with a memorable cover.

Jill Blee said...

You might like to read my review of the White Queen on my blog


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