Are you enjoying your Thanksgiving holiday? I’ve truly loved mine. Thanksgiving is my favorite time of year. I love hanging out with family, eating delicious foods and desserts, playing games, and of course, reading. My latest read is Love & Loss at Whitmore Manor by Anita Stansfield. It’s a Regency period romance that pulled my heart all over like taffy.
For nearly three years, British Officer Tristan Whitmore fought bravely for King and Crown in America. But his loyalty came at a price, and after slowly recovering from battlefield injuries, it is finally time to return to his beloved England and his wife, Muriel. But there is to be no tender reunion at Whitmore Manor–instead Tristan is stunned to learn of his wife’s deceit in his absence and her unexpected death. And to add to the shocking blow, this devastating news is delivered by the last woman Tristan ever hoped to see again.
Olivia Halstead lost everything after the death of her father but found refuge with her cousin Muriel while Muriel’s husband was at war. Now, with the loss of her cousin, Olivia feels she has trespassed too long on the hospitality of the family. But before she can depart, Muriel’s husband returns, and Olivia’s own thorny history with the man comes rushing in: years ago, theirs was a tender courtship–followed too soon by a bitter parting of ways. Now two people divided by past betrayal find an unforeseen chance for reconciliation. But when Tristan and Olivia find themselves on opposite sides of a revolution, will their clashing allegiances tear them apart forever?
This author really puts her characters through an obstacle course of the heart. In this one, Tristan Whitmore and Olivia Halstead are given a second chance at love. But they have a thorny past to overcome, and conflict of interest in the present. Olivia has prayed for Tristan’s return all these years for his father’s sake, but has dreaded the day herself. Tristan broke her heart years ago. Shattered it, actually. The twists and turns in this story’s plot take the reader through soul-tugging waters. This book can be long because the author gets inside the characters’ heads much more than most books. She brings up thought provoking questions and makes the characters delve into the deepest parts of their souls to figure out life. The characters grow a lot, and endure much, and come out triumphant in the end, like a good romance should. It’s hard not to want to finish one of Stansfield’s books once you start because you can’t figure out how the characters will overcome their horrific challenges. And when you think they’ve finally done it, something else arises even worse to keep you turning the pages. Great book. It’s a 5 on Amazon and Goodreads, and a 4 on my Sweet Scale.
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