384 pages, March 2015 by Forever
My Rating: 4 Stars
AS THE WAR ENDS, LOVE BEGINS
Nora Lewis just wants an escape after losing her fiance in the Great War. When she inherits property in England, she boldly packs up and leaves America for a fresh start. But, if not for her dashing new neighbor, Colin Ashby, she'd be lost. Even as their friendship deepens, Nora knows a British aristocrat would never be free to love an American orphan, no matter how much the war has changed the world ...
After his brother's death in the war and his own experiences as a pilot at the front, Colin returns home broken, only to discover his family's estate is also in ruin. The pressure is now on him to save his home and the Ashbys' place in society with a well-bred match to a wealthy heiress. Too bad he finds more of a kindred spirit in Nora, the beautiful American next door. She, too, has faced the rigors of war and survived. Now the ex-soldier will have one more battle to fight--this time for love.
I've enjoyed this series. Each book stands alone, as each one tells the story of a different character, but characters from other books play very minor roles. What's different about this one is that WWI is over and life is moving on in England. Colin is set to carry on with his family's large estate and needs to find a way to get the money to save it. He does let his father control him a little too much and doesn't have the guts to follow his heart.
Nora doesn't have anything holding her back in Iowa, so when she discovers that she has inherited a distant family member's sheep farm in England, she sells everything off and leaves. She's used to hard work and moving doesn't change that. She's very likeable and finds herself in a little love triangle, while dealing with a mystery. Someone wants her gone and she needs to figure out who and why.
The mystery had a few elements and one was easy to figure out, but the others were a little trickier. The mystery, combined with the clean romance, really added to the gentle story and helped move things along at a good pace. The secondary characters were a pleasant bonus.
no language; very mild violence (brief mentions of war); moderate religious elements (Christian--church, church choir, prayers); mild romance (kissing). Clean!
About the Author:
Stacy Henrie has always had an avid appetite for history, fiction and chocolate. While she had a goal to write and publish a book one day, she turned her attentions first to graduating with a bachelor's degree in public relations. Not long after, she switched from writing press releases and newsletters to writing inspirational historical romances as a stay-at-home mom. Stacy loves reading, interior decorating, romantic movies, and most of all, laughing with her husband and three kids. She appreciates the chance to live out history through her characters, while enjoying all the modern conveniences of life in the 21st century.