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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Review: The Memory of Your Kiss by Wilma Counts / @pumpupyourbook

Title: The Memory of Your Kiss
Author: Wilma Counts
Publisher: Kensington Lyrical Press
Release Date: March 17, 2015
Genre: Historical, Romance
ARC Received From: Pump Up Your Book

An Untimely Encounter…
When her father falls gravely ill, eighteen-year-old Sydney Isabella Waverly dutifully agrees to marry the earl whose estate borders her family’s modest country home. But on a trip to Bath before she weds, Sydney meets the enigmatic, heroic Captain Zachary Quintin, with whom she feels an unmistakable mutual attraction. Still, they have no choice but to part ways, regretting what might have been. Sydney cannot know that one day they will meet again under vastly changed circumstances, that Zachary will play an unexpected role in her life—and that the man she never forgot still ignites her heart. All that will remain is to find out if he feels the same way…

A lot of people remember their first kiss. Maybe it was expected, maybe it wasn't. Maybe it was awesome, maybe it wasn't. Maybe it came from the love of your life, maybe it came from the love of that time. But there's no denying that there is something about that kiss that lingers in their memory.

It was the same with Sydney and Zachary. Their meeting was solely by chance. The connection they felt was destiny. And even though life took them in different directions--Zachary to war, Sydney into a convenient marriage--fate brought them back together. They were older, wiser, and parents this time around. *smiles* But were they ready to have a life together?

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The POV jumped from Sydney to Zachary quite frequently but the switches helped me stay up to date with our hero and heroine no matter where they were or what they were doing. I love that they not only got their second chance at love but that they took it as well. Bitterness and the memory of their parting could have kept them apart but they were smart enough to realize the connection they shared wasn't an everyday occurrence in their society. Their first kiss entwined their lives together; fate gave them the chance to have forever.

Before moving to Nevada in 1994, Wilma Counts taught high school English and social studies in Germany to dependents of American forces stationed there. She loved the kids, but hated meaningless paperwork. She especially enjoyed her work with Advance Placement English, Model United Nations, and student exchanges with a Russian school.

Wilma grew up in Oregon, a product of the Leave It To Beaver era. She holds degrees in education and international relations. Having traveled widely, she is keenly interested in politics and international relations. She freely admits to being a C-SPAN junkie.

A member of the Romance Writers of America, she has written two Regency novels and a novella for Zebra. Willed to Wed is slated for publication in September, '99, and My Lady Governess in February, '00. Her current projects include another Regency and a novel set in the American West. She contributes a regular column on grammar and usage to the local RWA newsletter. Besides her interest in travel and writing, Wilma is an avid reader and she loves to cook, garden, and gamble—not necessarily in that order.

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