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I’ll be the first to tell you I’m not a fan of the love triangle for many reasons. The first and foremost reason is because I feel it’s just a ploy by an author to fuel the angst and drama of a mediocre story. Haymore proves me wrong. She does not do this. The love triangle is a valid part of the plot and wholly integral with the storyline. She approaches the love triangle in a very unique manner. I don’t want to spoil anyone, because it’s so different than anything I’ve encountered before in my readings.

Another reason I have trouble with the love triangle situation is the waffling. I simply don’t get it. I’m told this is because I haven’t been in one and until I have triangles are hard to appreciate or sympathize with. If you’re like me you probably think it’s very black and white and very little gray. In my head, I know it’s gray. I know that it is possible to love two people at once, but the Grinch side of me feels that if you can’t make a choice between them then you don’t love either one enough and should let both go. Haymore made me feel the conflict that Sophie, who is in the middle, goes through. I appreciate her position and I sympathize with her, something that is way out of the norm with me.

I have a feeling that a second read through will make it a better read, because I know where it’s going. I was looking at all the wrong things in the book the first time and therefore was anxious and worried about how the plot was developing, certain that Haymore was going to bungle it. I just couldn’t see how it was going to work out.

Haymore surprised me, the ending surprised me, and that says something. It made me reevaluate the whole book and all my complaints and worries held no weight.

A fan of the love triangle will be placing this novel on their favorite shelf. Someone who like me, needs a little persuasion about the loving the love triangle can read this and appreciate it. Who knows, it may hook you so completely you can’t wait to grab a hold of another love triangle!

A brief summary:

Sophie loved Garrett since she was 16 years old and was devastated when he didn’t return home from Water-Loo. Tristan is her best friend and together over many years they healed from their mutual loss. One night after their marriage Garrett returns. Everything as they knew it is changed from property to titles, from money to marriages–Haymore explores Regency law and Regency hearts.

Rating: 3.5-4 Stars

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1 Meghan May 31, 2009 at 6:16 AM

I really need to get a copy of this book. While I’m not a huge fan of the whole love triangle thing (and am completely with you, I’d think I could pick one!), I’ve heard that Jennifer Haymore does a fantastic job with it. You’ve only confirmed that!

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2 Carolyn Jean May 31, 2009 at 6:36 AM

Oooh, I felt the same way – surprised! So rare I’m surprised by the ending of a regency. Fun.

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3 iWrite2Know June 1, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Gosh! I can’t wait to get a copy now. Sorry for resounding the above views. I like fiction esp. when there’s a lot of drama and action and a bit of humour. Hope the book comes with these special qualities.
Thanks for the review.

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4 Kat June 4, 2009 at 8:56 PM

I’m intrigued, but … any chance you can email me some spoilers, pleeeease? I can’t read a book like this without knowing where it’s going.

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