Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Secrets and Suitors by Joanna Barker, Book Review
Reluctantly returning to London for yet another Season, shy Nora Hamilton has nearly given up hope that she will ever find the love match she longs for. After all, the one man she does harbor feelings for—her closest friend, James—has made it perfectly clear he views her as just that: a friend. With James traveling half a world away and Nora's father pressuring her to marry for wealth and status, Nora is forced to set aside her desire for love and accept the future she has always dreaded.
Until James returns unexpectedly and Nora's feelings once again rush unbearably close to the surface. Determined to save what is left of their friendship, Nora ignores her own heart and allows herself to be swept up in the London Season, soon finding herself the object of two very different gentlemen's affections. Though she should be thrilled, both men come with a glaring fault: neither is the one man who holds her heart.
But there is much more at stake than heartbreak. When long-kept secrets are laid bare, Nora must face the fears that have plagued her all her life and decide what true love is worth.
Nora's story is one that I will not soon forget. I was pulled into her story and held captive until it reached its end, I could not stop reading. I needed to know what was going on with Nora and James. Was there some misunderstanding or what had happened? And then in waltzes Mr. Weston whom her father wants her to marry but can she possibly find another she would love or can she love him? What of James? This story is not just another regency romance, it is so much more. It is a story of friendship, love, deceit, secrets, and redemption. There are so many layers and watching the story unfold is one of the most beautiful things I have read in a long time. Hands down this is one of the best books of 2019. A story full of depth and masterfully woven, Barker has written a stellar novel.
You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.
Posted by Books Are Sanity!!! at 1:30 AM