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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Review: Her One True Love by Rachel Brimble / @TastyBookTours @RachelBrimble

Title: Her One True Love
Author: Rachel Brimble
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Release Date: March 15, 2016
Genre: Historical, Romance
ARC Received From: NetGalley
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours

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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?

Matthew and Jane have known each other a long time but only one has loved the other as more than a friend for too many years to count. Or so it seemed, to me at least.

I admire Jane for, finally, wanting to pursue her dreams. The man she loves is not the man he could be. His wife's infidelity has left him angry, cold, and distracted. The tenants under his care have suffered because of it, and so has Jane. So it's time to leave, head for greener pastures and do good in the world, care and love for children who have been cast aside for whatever reason. Her willingness, determination, and, most importantly, her heart shine like strong beacons through the uncertainty of whatever the future holds for her.

Which wasn't supposed to be Matthew except he was determined to be a part of it regardless of what she said.

Matthew was complicated. Aside from the bitterness he felt over his wife's actions, there was the very slow realization that what he felt for Jane wasn't as sudden as it appeared to be. He married his wife because it was what his father wished. But before, during, and even after his marriage Jane was a constant in his life. Before he married, she was his closest friend, his confidant, the one he could just be himself with without his social status standing between them. It took losing his wife, following Jane to Bath, seeing how excited and passionate and adamant Jane was about living this new life without him that he realized it was her all along.

A woman like Jane was worth her weight in gold. Accepting who and what she was, always had been and always would be, to him gave Matthew the resolve to find and end things with his wife. Losing Jane wasn't an option. Yes, he had obligations at home. Yes, she had dreams in a different city. He was willing to figure out how all of that would work so long as she figured it out with him.

The things that laid between Matthew and Jane in their story were explored and resolved. Dreams were realized and made reality. Compromises were made at the same time promises were. This wasn't just a love story. It was a new beginning story as well, one I think many others will enjoy like I did.

Rachel 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!