Author: Chalon Linton
Published: February 2017
Paperback: 224 pages
FTC FYI: Received a complimentary copy from the publisher, all views and opinions expressed are my own.
The countryside of England provided an idyllic backdrop for Charles Brumley's and Leah Hasting's childhood. Neighbors and best friends, the pair passed many happy days racing through the rolling hills of Derbyshire. Everything was perfect—until Charles ruined it all and abandoned Leah for university.
Six years later, the former friends are thrust into each other's paths once more. Leah had been looking forward to the ball, an opportunity to further her acquaintance with the handsome Mr. Wilkins—but when she sees Charles's familiar face through the crowd, her traitorous heart leaps.
Charles faces his own struggle: he has loved Leah since he was fifteen years old, yet it seems he is too late—it appears that her affections are otherwise engaged. As the pair tentatively renews their friendship, the spark between them in undeniable.
After so many years apart, Leah endeavors to reconcile her feelings toward her once cherished companion. But when a conniving revival for Charles's attention approaches Leah, the threat is clear: give up her association with Charles or a devastating secret about her family will be revealed. Faced with an impossible decision, Leah must make a choice—the ruin of her family or the ruin of her heart?
An Inconvenient Romance is a very enjoyable story with fantastic characters. I loved the point of view changes. It really helped me truly get to know Leah and Charles and appreciate their intentions and how each felt about each other. My heart broke for each of them as their misunderstandings would hurt feelings even more. There were a couple inconsistencies that were bothersome. If they knew each other so well growing up, I felt they would have communicated a little better during all of this. Leah was put in a tough situation by a cruel woman, so I do see the problems that made it hard for her to confess her feelings. That being said, I enjoyed Leah and Charles's back and forth banter with each other. That did fit the part of them knowing each other so well when they were younger. I did appreciate the supporting characters and their roll in the book, to help push things along and encourage.
4 out of 5 stars. I look forward to more from this author.
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