Friday, May 10, 2019

Always You by Lucinda Whitney {Review}

Always You (Falling in Love Romance #1) by Lucinda Whitney
Kindle Edition, 1st edition
Published April 22nd 2019 by Lange House Press 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
She longs for the man who’s been writing to her for fifteen years. He wishes he could tell her it’s him. Can they come to the truth before it’s too late?

Simon Ackerley arrives in Lisbon for his temporary job as a consultant, not expecting to find his secret penpal easily. After all, he doesn’t know what she looks like or what her real name is. But when a biking accident reveals that Simon’s prickly co-worker Isabel is the elusive Amélie, he has to win her trust before he can confess his true identity.

Isabel Antunes is content with her life as director of the English Academy in Lisbon, until the chairman hires a consultant without her knowledge. Despite Simon Ackerley’s repeated assurances to the contrary, Isabel believes he’s after her position, and she won’t hand it over without a fight. As if dealing with him at work isn’t enough, he shows up at her book club as well. Her only solace is writing to the penpal she knows simply as Elliot.

As they work together, Isabel realizes Simon is nothing like her first impression and a tentative friendship grows between them. But how can she explore the possibilities when her heart belongs to Elliot?

Always You is a sweet secret relationship romance and it can be read as a standalone.

*Part of this story was previously published as One Small Chance. It has been rewritten and expanded to include new content and a swoony epilogue.*  
My Review: 5 stars

Isabel is hardworking and doesn't want to give up her position without giving it her all, but Simon is new and seemingly out to take what's hers. Their first (and second, for that matter) encounters were hilarious and adorable, and a smile definitely came to my face.

I love the way Lucinda Whitney really takes a reader into the heart of Portugal. The setting and characters are what make this story complete, especially as a sweet romance buds.

I read this when it was previously published and absolutely adored it. How cute is it that these two are pen pals who haven't ever met and alter their names and information to keep themselves anonymous? I love how their friendship gradually morphs into more, as they get to know each other in a new and different way. Romance built on friendship is lasting and penetrates my heart. People can always portray themselves differently on paper (or through a computer), but their true inner selves always catch up to how they come across, merging the self on paper with the self in person. This one is darling, sweet, and swoony and the additions that were made are the icing on an already beautiful cake!

Content: mild romance

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