She Can't Forget Him…
Jane Charlotte Danes has loved the squire of her idyllic country town for as long as she can remember. He is good, kind, and alluring beyond words… and he chose to marry another. Tired of dwelling on her futile longings, Jane plans a move to Bath, where she dreams of a new beginning. But the man who has so imprisoned her heart is only a few steps behind…
He Can't Let Her Go…
Until now, Matthew Cleaves has endeavored to meet the responsibilities of his position with dignity and good spirits--including his dutiful marriage. But when his wife leaves him for another man, Matthew is at last free to pursue his one true love. Only one vital question remains: will the captivating, stubborn, beautiful Jane allow him the challenge, and the pleasure, of winning her back?..
"An entertaining read." --Library Journal on The Temptation of Laura
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A bit of a mixed bag, although Jane’s journey is well worth the time invested to read.
I’ve read a couple of titles from Rachel Brimble, and decided to take a chance on this new historic romance from her. The story focuses on Jane, the daughter of a solidly middle-class family and her friendship and later feelings for the son of the town’s Squire, Matthew. These two were friends as children, but Jane secretly harbored romantic feelings for Matthew, so his marriage to a woman of his station was heartbreaking.
Following the death of her father, and her inheriting property, Jane has decided to strike out on her own and follow her own conscience in working for women’s rights and with children in crisis. Knowing that Matthew’s marriage has dissolved with the abandonment of his wife, caught in affair with another man. But he too, harbors secret feelings for Jane, the girl he can’t forget.
A bit more than a few instances of back and forth: Jane was caring and solidly determined, except with Matthew. I can’t stand the ‘Byronic’ males: ego driven, vacillating emo boys that just make me want to scream. I can never see the attraction of this version of the bad boy. But, Jane can, at least she dives back repeatedly while he simply wallows in his own version of self-pity.
There are some sweet moments that attempt to take this story into a true romance, but I was more interested in what Jane was doing than who she loved. Matthew was a weak hero for me, with his lack of ability to make a decision, or even looking forward to the future. There was a serious connection between the two, but it always felt to me as if Jane was working far harder to convince herself that her feelings were real for Matthew, when the contrast with her self-assurance and heart were so evident working with the orphaned children. A bit of a mixed bag, although Jane’s journey is well worth the time invested to read.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.