Good morning everyone! Tell me, has anyone else here read a good time travel romance lately? I hadn't read one in YEARS until this one and I was very surprised at how addictive it was!
Format: .epub (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: Maroli SP Imprints
Release Date: December 2, 2014
When a bomb explosion thrusts Victoria Ashton backward in time to 1897, she’s forced to impersonate the Countess of Guildford. Despite Victoria’s attempts to convince the earl she’s not his wife, her counterpart’s infidelity, lies, and ill-tempered personality makes the task almost impossible. Worse, Victoria finds herself falling in love with a man who loathes her. Only when the earl learns to trust her does she realize her future lies in the past. But love always comes at a price, and she must make a painful sacrifice in order for them to be together.
Nicholas Thornhill, Earl of Guildford has been searching for his missing wife for three weeks. Rumors of him being guilty of murder make him unwilling to believe his wife’s latest in a multitude of lies. But the changes in Victoria continuously surprise him. Despite his best intentions, he finds the contempt he once felt for his wife turning into something deeper and stronger. But when danger threatens to separate them forever, he must forge a bond with her that crosses the boundaries of time.
It’s been ages since I read a time travel romance (I think the last time was a Nora Roberts book back in 2000). I normally shy away from them because nine times out of ten they get so tangled up with the storyline that it goes from being a fun read to a chore.
Victoria Ashton finds herself in trouble when a bomb sends her back to 1897 and she’s forced to impersonate the Countess of Guildford. Trying to convince the Earl, her “husband” that she is not the woman he married proves to be difficult due to the real Countess’ lies and horrible personality. As time passes, Victoria finds herself falling in love with him and wanting more than anything to stay in the past. In the meantime, Nicholas Thornhill, the Earl of Guildford is trying to determine if his wife’s tale is just the latest in a long line of tricks and deception. He can’t deny the changes in her though and the hatred he had for her begins to turn into love. But then both of them suddenly find themselves fighting to survive an attempt to prove Victoria a fraud and Nicholas a murderer.
Okay, so I loved this book. There wasn’t anything that I didn’t like about it. The plot was not only interesting, it was tightly put together. I didn’t feel like there was an overabundance of unnecessary details or scenes. That’s what made the book flow easily and quickly. I never got bored.
Victoria brought just enough of the modern woman to the 1800s to make her interesting but not too much to where it became unbelievable. I loved her strength and her vulnerability; both sides of her were nicely balanced and brought a lot of emotion to the story. Nicholas on the other hand, brought passion, not just the romantic kind, but the kind that comes from a man who has been lied to one too many times and has had enough. At first I thought he was kind of a jerk but as time went on and the facts of his marriage were revealed, I kinda felt sorry for him. He was a good man who became bitter. In a way he got a second chance to be the man he should have been.
Nicholas and Victoria made an admirable couple, they were two passionate people with their own opinions and their romance was bittersweet.
Forever Mine took the time travel romance theme and really ran with it. Author Monica Burns crafted a beautiful tale of love and loss that spanned two totally different timelines all while sticking to the important facts. I really can’t say enough good things about this book! It flowed so effortlessly that I had no trouble keeping up with everything that was going on and I never felt like the story was dragging on too long, it was just the right length for such an interesting story. I’ll definitely be keeping this author on my watch list and will pick up another book of hers as soon as I’m able.
Final Verdict: I could see myself picking up another one of Monica Burns' books soon.