WARNING: This book contains a proper English earl, whose frozen heart hides a tortured soul, and a feisty modern-day heroine determined to make the man see things her way. With a lovable cast of characters this book will earn a place on the keeper shelf.
Thrown back to the year 1897, Victoria Ashton is mistaken for, and forced to impersonate, the spiteful, unfaithful Countess of Guildford, who’s been missing for three weeks. Despite Victoria’s attempts to convince the earl she’s not his wife, her double’s infidelity and lies make it difficult, especially when Victoria falls in love with a man who loathes her.
Nicholas Thornhill, Earl of Guildford, is plagued with rumors he murdered his missing wife. When she unexpectedly reappears, he scoffs at her latest in a long string of lies. But the changes in Victoria make him to alter his opinion as he forges a bond with her that crosses the boundaries of time.
Review copy provided via Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 4 stars
Have you read and loved A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux? Were you frustrated (just a bit) by the way the author ended the story with possibilities? Well, if you loved time travel romances and want a surefire HEA, be sure to pick up FOREVER MINE.
Victoria Ashton was visiting an art gallery when a bomb explosion hurtled her back in time to 1897, where she was supposedly married to Nicholas Thornhill, Earl of Guildford. It turns out that the woman whose body her soul inhabits is a bitch, and thus her husband (and the people around them) loathes her. Even as she tries to convince them she’s not the same person, Victoria found herself falling for Nicholas. And when she earns his trust, she is faced with a more pressing problem. How can she leave Nicholas now that she’s found him? But can she truly stay in the past?
Monica Burns wrote a winner with FOREVER MINE. Though the idea was somewhat similar to A Knight in Shining Armor, Ms Burns made the story her own with a brilliant storyline that delivers more satisfaction for the romance junkie. There was also enough foreshadow and foundation work to make the story believable, with its themes of time travel and…something else that would be a spoiler if I were to say it. Suffice to say, things didn’t happen out of the blue; it was all very logical (as much as one could be when the story is about time travel) and well-thought out.
The story was by turns funny and frustrating, touching and romantic. And heartfelt. I couldn’t believe I cried over some of the scenes. I love the ending; even then, Ms. Burns made additional touches that fully fleshed out the characters and their unique situation.
The only thing I didn’t like was that I felt some of the scenes dragged or were extraneous. If the story could be made tighter, I believe it would’ve been more compelling. Due to this, actual rating for this story is 4.5 stars. Still, FOREVER MINE is a very enjoyable read and one time-travel romance junkies shouldn’t miss!