Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Barely A Lady by Eileen Dreyer

Publisher: Grand Central
Date published: July 2010
ISBN: 978-0446542081
Historical Romance
Reviewed by Susan
Obtained via Publisher

Olivia Grace stumbles upon the body of her ex-husband, Jack Wyndham on the battlefield. To her horror, he is not dead but dressed in the enemy’s uniform and the past she has hidden comes back to life as she does what she can to save him.

Olivia is one heck of a heroine. She is a tough and brave woman. The word “survivor” would describe her perfectly. After what she has been through, she is still generous toward her enemy. Her life was ruined by Jack who divorced her and put her through the wringer yet Olivia opens herself up to scorn to save him. Readers will empathize with her because you can feel the pain and heartache she has experienced. I simply adored her and felt she deserved all the happiness in the world. It was much harder to feel sympathy for Jack especially when you learn of their past. Eventually he does win me over and there was a decent amount of groveling although I would have liked more. Olivia and Jack make for a compelling couple. They are wonderfully drawn and fully realized. The reader is pulled into their story by the strength of their personalities as you will have definite feelings about them.

This was a heart-wrenching book that had many twists and turns. It is not simply the normal “amnesiac” story that I am use to in the romance genre. There is plenty to love: the lead couple, the strong secondary characters and the action-packed storyline. This is the first book in a new series and I am sure I will be picking up the next one.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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