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Her One True Love by Rachel Brimble with Giveaway

Her One True Love by Rachel Brimble with Giveaway

Rachel Brimble is on the blog today with her new release. Please read on for my review and excerpt, don’t forget to check the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title, and be sure to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a $20.00 Amazon eGift Card.  But first,

 

Her One True Love

I’ve read a couple of titles from Rachel Brimble, and decided to take a chance on this new historic romance from her. The story focuses on Jane, the daughter of a solidly middle-class family and her friendship and later feelings for the son of the town’s Squire, Matthew.  These two were friends as children, but Jane secretly harbored romantic feelings for Matthew, so his marriage to a woman of his station was heartbreaking.

Following the death of her father, and her inheriting property, Jane has decided to strike out on her own and follow her own conscience in working for women’s rights and with children in crisis.  Knowing that Matthew’s marriage has dissolved with the abandonment of his wife, caught in affair with another man.  But he too, harbors secret feelings for Jane, the girl he can’t forget.

A bit more than a few instances of back and forth: Jane was caring and solidly determined, except with Matthew. I can’t stand the ‘Byronic’ males: ego driven, vacillating emo boys that just make me want to scream. I can never see the attraction of this version of the bad boy. But, Jane can, at least she dives back repeatedly while he simply wallows in his own version of self-pity.

There are some sweet moments that attempt to take this story into a true romance, but I was more interested in what Jane was doing than who she loved. Matthew was a weak hero for me, with his lack of ability to make a decision, or even looking forward to the future. There was a serious connection between the two, but it always felt to me as if Jane was working far harder to convince herself that her feelings were real for Matthew, when the contrast with her self-assurance and heart were so evident working with the orphaned children.  A bit of a mixed bag, although Jane’s journey is well worth the time invested to read.

 

Her One True Love by Rachel Brimble with Giveaway

Title: Her One True Love
Author: Rachel Brimble
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Lyrical Press
ISBN: 1601832788
Published on: 15 March 2016
Format:eARC
Pages: 232
Rated: three-half-stars
Heat: One Flame

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About the Book:

She Can't Forget Him...

Jane Charlotte Danes has loved the squire of her idyllic country town for as long as she can remember. He is good, kind, and alluring beyond words... and he chose to marry another. Tired of dwelling on her futile longings, Jane plans a move to Bath, where she dreams of a new beginning. But the man who has so imprisoned her heart is only a few steps behind...

He Can't Let Her Go...

Until now, Matthew Cleaves has endeavored to meet the responsibilities of his position with dignity and good spirits--including his dutiful marriage. But when his wife leaves him for another man, Matthew is at last free to pursue his one true love. Only one vital question remains: will the captivating, stubborn, beautiful Jane allow him the challenge, and the pleasure, of winning her back?..

A copy of this title was provided via for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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Matthew turned and faced Jane. “When are you leaving for the city?”

She took another step back, her gaze darting over his face. “The day after tomorrow. Why?”

“Because I will escort you. We can travel together in my carriage.”

“No, I do not need your––”

“I will be going anyway. I planned to visit some contacts in the city in the hope of securing guaranteed trade for Biddestone in the coming year. It seems unnecessary for us to make the trip separately when I have a carriage plenty big enough for us both.”

“There is absolutely no need. Jeannie will be coming with me.”

“My offer still stands.”

She glared. “It’s my intention to start on the path of independence, of finding out what the world has to offer me on my own merit. I will hardly be carving out my own path when at the first step from my home, I lean on you.”

“You are being stubborn.”

She pulled back her shoulders. “And you are not?”

The longer he looked at her, the more Matthew saw the quiet beauty he’d desperately tried to ignore. He took a steadying breath. “Please, Jane. Let me escort you to Bath.”

The seconds passed, but Matthew held his tongue. It was imperative she spoke next, that she understood he didn’t mean to bully her but wanted to ensure her safety to a city ravaged by danger, as much as opportunity.

She sighed. “Fine. On one condition.”

He held her gaze. “Which is?”

Her eyes softened, slowly lighting with mischief. “You smile. Now. You smile at me like you did before she left.”

Heat rose to his face. “You want me to smile?”

“Yes. Smile for me, Matthew.”

Empathy and passion swirled in eyes, but they also bore a deep, painful awareness that scratched hard over his heart. The longer he stared, the more he wanted to make her happy.

He smiled, his gaze on hers…and was surprised to find the trade no effort at all.

Excerpt 2.

 

Jane’s heart ached to see such deep anguish in his gaze. There was no rage, no anger, not even a trace of the moroseness she had seen so many times in his eyes during the preceding months. He stood in front of her as the true, loyal, and honest man she’d always loved and admired.

All the months she fought her feelings for him and now he wished to be with her. Tears escaped and rolled over her cheeks. He brushed his thumbs under her eyes, and it took every ounce of her strength not to collapse against him and damn the right and wrong of her yearning.

“Jane, please understand how hard it is for me to see you cry and not fix things to be with you overnight. What is starting between us, what I am feeling, cannot be ignored.”

Jane took a strengthening breath. “I am not the same woman I was a year, even six months ago, Matthew. I’ve changed. You’ve changed. Neither of us should rush headlong into the idea of us being together when there are so many other people involved.”

He frowned. “Like Elizabeth?”

She nodded. “And the villagers. And for me, the children at the boardinghouse. I can’t stop my dream to do good now that I have found the courage to pursue it.”

“Everything will work out. I will ensure it.”

He smiled softly, the gentle determination in his gaze seeping deep inside her until impassioned hope squeezed like a vise around her weakening heart.

He brushed the curls from her temple and pressed his lips to her forehead. “I have been blind. My sense of pride and loyalty to my father, a man who thought of me as little more than a cog in his ambitious wheel, has meant I wasted two years with a woman I tried hard to make happy. I refuse to waste any more of my life.”

His words twisted and tore at Jane’s heart. The last thing she wanted him to do was act impulsively and jeopardize anything that might be good for the people of Biddestone. “So what are we to do now?”

 

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About Rachel Brimble

Rachel Brimble lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. Since 2013, she has had five books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and three Victorian romances by eKensington/Lyrical.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.

She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!

 

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