Love's Legacy by Joan Avery
Series: Worth Brothers
Published by Entangled Publishing on Nov 10 2014
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English plantation owner Geoffrey Worth has misgivings about hiring an American widow as a governess. But while Geoffrey longs to forget the past—and the daughter who reminds him of it daily—there is still duty to consider. And Bellefleur, his plantation. This is his life now. Warmth, family, love; these things only bring pain. And scars he'll carry forever...
Elizabeth Malfonte is certainly not the aged widow he had anticipated. She's young and beautiful, with a determination that wakes something deep within Geoffrey. Yet Elizabeth hides her own secret―the babe within her womb. And despite Geoffrey's handsome―yet scarred face―her new employer has a cold and unforgiving nature that unsettles her, even as Elizabeth's wariness slowly heats to desire.
But the bright beauty of this land is no match for the dark, ominous clouds of the past...
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Sometime ago, one of the Dirty Girls mentioned how she liked books to show her what was happening instead of the author telling her. At that time I didn’t get what she was saying. Sadly, now I do.
This book just didn’t click for me. While it’s jam packed with things happening. View Spoiler »The heroine is pregnant by her late husband, gets in an accident and almost loses the baby, gets cholera but lives, gets drugged and almost raped and haunted by crazy woman « Hide Spoiler, I felt it dragging and like nothing was happening, this was really disconcerting.
There are a few things that I feel could have been better researched. I know this book is fiction but if you’re not in fantasy-land and you’re using actual things that exist, you should stick to facts, but maybe that’s just me.
The underlying story is a romance a la Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester but what definitely killed the story for me was the ending. After a lot of setting up, it felt like the author had: A. gotten bored and wanted to finish ASAP or B. had run out of time and it needed to end somehow.
It pains me to give a bad review and maybe for someone else this would be a great book but for me it wasn’t and I wouldn’t recommend it.
Sparkles’ Rating: 2 Stars
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