Her One True Love by Rachel Brimble @RachelBrimble #Review #Extract #Giveaway @BrookCottageBks

 

I am delighted to be bringing you my review today of Her One True Love by Rachel Brimble. I also have an extract to share and a fab giveaway to enter!

First of all let's take a look at the book...



HER ONE TRUE LOVE
 BY RACHEL BRIMBLE

Genre: Victorian romance
Release Date: March 15th 2016
Publisher:  eKensington/Lyrical Press
She Can't Forget Him… 

Jane Charlotte Danes has loved the squire of her idyllic country town for as long as she can remember. He is good, kind, and alluring beyond words… and he chose to marry another. Tired of dwelling on her futile longings, Jane plans a move to Bath, where she dreams of a new beginning. But the man who has so imprisoned her heart is only a few steps behind…

He Can't Let Her Go…

Until now, Matthew Cleaves has endeavored to meet the responsibilities of his position with dignity and good spirits--including his dutiful marriage. But when his wife leaves him for another man, Matthew is at last free to pursue his one true love. Only one vital question remains: will the captivating, stubborn, beautiful Jane allow him the challenge, and the pleasure, of winning her back?.. 
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EXTRACT

Matthew turned and faced Jane. “When are you leaving for the city?”
She took another step back, her gaze darting over his face. “The day after tomorrow. Why?”
“Because I will escort you. We can travel together in my carriage.”
“No, I do not need your––”
“I will be going anyway. I planned to visit some contacts in the city in the hope of securing guaranteed trade for Biddestone in the coming year. It seems unnecessary for us to make the trip separately when I have a carriage plenty big enough for us both.”
“There is absolutely no need. Jeannie will be coming with me.”
“My offer still stands.”
She glared. “It’s my intention to start on the path of independence, of finding out what the world has to offer me on my own merit. I will hardly be carving out my own path when at the first step from my home, I lean on you.”
“You are being stubborn.”
She pulled back her shoulders. “And you are not?”
The longer he looked at her, the more Matthew saw the quiet beauty he’d desperately tried to ignore. He took a steadying breath. “Please, Jane. Let me escort you to Bath.”
The seconds passed, but Matthew held his tongue. It was imperative she spoke next, that she understood he didn’t mean to bully her but wanted to ensure her safety to a city ravaged by danger, as much as opportunity.
She sighed. “Fine. On one condition.”
He held her gaze. “Which is?”
Her eyes softened, slowly lighting with mischief. “You smile. Now. You smile at me like you did before she left.”
Heat rose to his face. “You want me to smile?”
“Yes. Smile for me, Matthew.”
Empathy and passion swirled in her eyes, but they also bore a deep, painful awareness that scratched hard over his heart. The longer he stared, the more he wanted to make her happy.
He smiled, his gaze on hers…and was surprised to find the trade no effort at all.

My Review  

I have to say that I instantly liked Jane she was a very determined character and once her mind was made up she acted. It was great to see her speak so honestly to Matthew well in most things except for revealing her feelings for him. Jane's independence and desire to help people is a lovely attribute. Matthew has similar traits and is determined to help the village after letting his responsibilities slip.

Although at times I wished I could have knocked some sense into them both but this would have resulted in a very short story. It made everything all the more enjoyable to see them hit some bumps along the way. There is a sizzling chemistry that Jane and Matthew share. I loved that they were friends to start with this just made me root for them even more.

The story moved at a good pace and I enjoyed Jane achieving some independence at a 
time when that wasn't always possible. Unrequited love can be tough and at times I felt so sorry for Jane. However is Jane's love unrequited after all that is the question?

Her One True Love is a lovingly written story that had two engaging and at times stubborn characters that kept me entertained throughout.

Heart warming and perfect to curl up with!

Thank you to Rachel Brimble & Brook Cottage Books for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.




ABOUT RACHEL BRIMBLE

Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. Since 2013, she has had six books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and recently signed a contract for two more. She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical Press.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.
She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!



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