on November 15th 2016
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ONE GOOD FRIEND DESERVES A LOVER…
Lady Eleanor Palmer, a practical young widow, wants a family of her own. Her first marriage was an adventurous disaster, so this time, nothing but the most proper sort of man will do. Absolutely not who she’s looking for? The impulsive, roguish Duke of Hampshire…even though she has secretly loved him as long as she can remember.
Nicholas Langford, the Duke of Hampshire, has always relied on Eleanor’s humor and good sense. Who else would guide him through a scandal with laughter and grace? He would do anything to ensure his old friend’s happiness—even help Eleanor find a suitable new husband.
As Eleanor makes plans for a new life without him at its center, Nicholas realizes the depth of his own feelings. But he can offer Eleanor nothing she thinks she wants. How can he convince her he is everything she truly desires?
~~Reviewed by Mary~~
An Enjoyable Novella for the Ages.
Content: Very few authors can aspire to tell a remarkably dear, sweet, and convincing love story in so many pages, and Theresa Romain has undoubtedly mastered the fine craft of novella, to say nothing of her wonderful novels. From the first page, it is a huge question of how two friends who have grown up together, and remain good friends for over a decade, can realize so suddenly that they do, in fact, love each other beyond the platonic sense.
At the start, Nicholas is helping Eleanor to pack for her move towards independence, and the two reminisce as the old friends they are. Increasingly, though, both feel restless in their lives, and somehow it is no longer enough to keep living in the same vein that they always have. Naturally, the delight here is that the reason for their restlessness is due to their missed romance, which is nicely resolved at the ending scene. There was little doubt that the two would end up together once they both became brave enough to address their feelings, a nice reminder to today’s population as well. 🙂 Bravo, Mrs. Romain!