Bound by centuries of bad blood, England's two most powerful families maintain a veneer of civility . . . until the heir to the staggering Redmond fortune disappears, reviving rumors of an ancient curse: a Redmond and an Eversea are destined to fall disastrously in love once per generation.
An Enduring Legend
Rumor has it she broke Lyon Redmond's heart. But while many a man has since wooed the dazzling Olivia Eversea, none has ever won her—which is why jaws drop when she suddenly accepts a viscount's proposal. Now London waits with bated breath for the wedding of a decade . . . and wagers on the return of an heir.
An Eternal Love
It was instant and irresistible, forbidden . . . and unforgettable. And Lyon—now a driven, dangerous, infinitely devastating man—decides it's time for a reckoning. As the day of her wedding races toward them, Lyon and Olivia will decide whether their love is a curse destined to tear their families apart . . . or the stuff of which legends are made.
Long's ardent 11th Georgian-set Pennyroyal Green romance (after It Started with a Scandal) is vivid and tender but lacks historical verisimilitude. Lyon Redmond and Olivia Eversea are meant to be together; from the moment their eyes meet at the Sussex Christmas Eve Assembly, their connection is intimate and powerful. They know fate is against them the Eversea and Redmond families have been at odds since before Lyon and Olivia were born but their innocence, passion, and youthful optimism drown out the obstacles preventing their happiness, until Lyon's father hands down an ultimatum: Lyon must abandon all thought of marrying Olivia, or be disowned and left penniless. Can their love survive such a choice? Long's take on young lovers torn apart by circumstance has a conventional sweetness, but modern language and mannerisms jar the reader out of the period on more than a few occasions.
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Favorite book of all time!
I read this book in one day! I tried but could not put it down! I smiled, cried, laughed.. I frll in love with Lyon as much as i felt for Olivia. This is my favorite story not just of the series but of all time. I will read this book as much as i read I KISSED AN EARL times infinity! I definitely recommend and wish i could give it way more than just five stars. I would rate it a night sky of stars! Anyone who is willing to put life on hold and get lost in aomething beautiful this is the read for you.
Maybe skip the epilogue...?
What a beautiful love story. So sweet and honest and believable.
In all fairness, I'll admit I didn't read the entire epilogue; however, I did try to read it but was compelled to abandon it after only a few pages. I felt as if said epilogue was robbing me of completely savoring Olivia and Lyons story. Perhaps, upon completion, it may actually enhance their already beautiful story, but alas, I am happier not knowing for certain.
I am a big fan of JAL, but this book was weak all the way along. I waited for Lyon and Olivia's story a long time, and this doesn't even seem as if it's from the same author. Lyon does not portray La Chat at all...this guy has been gone for 5 years, rebuilt himself, etc and he acts the same as he did as a lad out of Oxford. This book could have been amazing if she would have slowed down. I feel like L and O got cheated. :(