Published by Swerve on February 2nd 2016
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To escape a forced marriage to her loathsome, social-climbing cousin, Cecelia Harcourt banks on selling a romantic novel. But when she's hit by a coach on the way home from meeting a potential publisher and loses her memory, the accident leads to an encounter with a fascinating man. . . who she’s convinced is the hero of her novel.
Due to his brother's influence, Lieutenant Adam Hunt finds himself honorably discharged from the army. Adam intends to make his way in the world without the help of a war-hero duke, brother or no. He finds his plans for independence sidetracked by a chance encounter with a lady whose memory has gone. She believes he's a hero. Can Adam become the man he was meant to be and fill that lofty role?
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
THE UNFORGETTABLE HERO is absolutely enchanting, perfectly paced, and gorgeously written, and it is also quite suspenseful. Since their parents’ deaths, Miss Cecelia Harcourt has been responsible for herself and her younger sister, Mary who is ailing. Their uncle Herbert and aunt Selene reluctantly allow them to reside with them. Mary needs costly medicine, and the sisters have little money, but worst of all, Cecelia will have to marry her cousin Percy, which nearly makes her cast her accounts. As a last resort, Cecelia decided to write a romantic novel in secret, hiding her manuscript in the dusty attic. Her last word written, the ink barely dried on the precious sheets of paper, she sets off to see the only publisher willing to have a look at her book. When she comes out of the publisher’s office, she is much preoccupied and so distracted, that she is nearly run over by a carriage. Adam Hunt, who was passing by, shouts at her but she doesn’t hear him, so he runs to her rescue and carries her to his brother’s home. When Cecelia comes to, Adam asks her what her name is, and she replies: Lady Magnolia Makepeace, which is the name of the heroine of her novel; Cecelia cannot remember who she is!
Valerie Bowman has crafted a wonderful romance, and even though this is a novella, it is just the right length, and a very meaty story. The rather many characters are all fully developed, and Adam and Cecelia are extremely engaging; Adam is the stuff Prince Charmings are made of, and they form a delightful couple. I love amnesia stories, and I must admit Ms. Bowman exceeded all my expectations because she gave quite a few clever spins on the trope, which makes for a riveting story. THE UNFORGETTABLE HERO is a page-turner if I ever saw one! One tiny, and most understandable, misinterpretation is quickly settled, there is a spectacular revelation I never saw coming, and the ending is simply glorious! Valerie Bowman has written an unforgettable love story!
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.