Wednesday, February 8, 2017

An Inconvenient Romance by Chalon Linton {Blog Tour Review and Giveaway}

An Inconvenient Romance by Chalon Linton
224 pages
Published February 2017 by Covenant Communications    

The countryside of England provided an idyllic backdrop for Charles Brumley's and Leah Hasting's childhood. Neighbors and best friends, the pair passed many happy days racing through the rolling hills of Derbyshire. Everything was perfect—until Charles ruined it all and abandoned Leah for university.

Six years later, the former friends are thrust into each other's paths once more. Leah had been looking forward to the ball, an opportunity to further her acquaintance with the handsome Mr. Wilkins—but when she sees Charles's familiar face through the crowd, her traitorous heart leaps.

Charles faces his own struggle: he has loved Leah since he was fifteen years old, yet it seems he is too late—it appears that her affections are otherwise engaged. As the pair tentatively renews their friendship, the spark between them in undeniable.

After so many years apart, leah endeavors to reconcile her feelings toward her once cherished companion. But when a conniving revival for Charles's attention approaches Leah, the threat is clear: give up her association with Charles or a devastating secret about her family will be revealed. Faced with an impossible decision, Leah must make a choice—the ruin of her family or the ruin of her heart?


My Review: 4 Stars

Leah and Charles grew up together, but when he decides to leave and go to University, her dreams are shattered. Years later, they're reunited and it's not as easy to take their crushes to a higher level, since so many things get in the way to prevent true love from happening.

First of all, this Regency romance is unique in that it's told in alternating first person points-of-view. Each chapter switches between Leah and Charles. I really enjoyed getting into these characters heads, and learning about them and their thoughts on a more intimate level. However, it bothered me that these two have a history and know each other quite well, yet their thoughts weren't consistent with the names they used. For example, "Mr. Brumley this... Charles... Mr. Brumley that..." I often felt a little confused when it would jump between titles/names, even though I usually knew who they were referring to. I also like timelines and it bothered me that I didn't know how old Leah was at the beginning of the story, as well as how much time had past when the book concluded.

Now for my likes. This story is told in a way that is simple to understand, yet still feels true to the era. I thought the characters are portrayed in ways that really allowed their personalities to shine and even gave me a few characters to hate. The banter between Leah and Charles feels like a tennis match at times but left me cheering for both teams. There are certain elements that I've come to expect in a good Regency romance and while there weren't any big surprises, seeing those elements appear was comforting. This is an enjoyable and cozy story for those who love a sweet, clean romance.

Content: mild violence (an accident); very mild romance.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which didn't affect my thoughts in any way. All opinions are my own.*


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About the Author:

Chalon LintonChalon Linton was first introduced to Jane Austen by a dear friend and now she can’t get enough of handsome men in tailcoats. Her intrigue in the genre stems from a nostalgic longing for manners, wit, and true love. Fortunately, Chalon found her dashing gentleman, married him, and now lives happily ever after in Southern California.


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