ARC Review: The Italian Girls by Debbie Rix

๐๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐“๐ข๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž:๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ˆ๐ญ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐š๐ง ๐†๐ข๐ซ๐ฅ๐ฌ

๐€๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ: ๐ƒ๐ž๐›๐›๐ข๐ž ๐‘๐ข๐ฑ

๐†๐ž๐ง๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ: ๐‡๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐…๐ข๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง, ๐‹๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐…๐ข๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง

๐๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก๐ž๐ซ: ๐๐จ๐จ๐ค๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž

๐๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ƒ๐š๐ญ๐ž: ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ–๐ญ๐ก ๐’๐ž๐ฉ๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ

๐Œ๐ฒ ๐‘๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐ : 5 ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ฌ


The sun hung low in the sky, casting pink light all over the city. A faint breeze blew over the rooftops, as flocks of starlings swirled above her, swooping and diving in unison. It seemed unimaginable that, even now, German soldiers were marching along the streets below. It was time, she decided, for direct action. It was time to fight back.

Each morning Livia Moretti makes her way from an apartment overlooking Florenceโ€™s famous Duomo to a nearby cafรฉ, where she drinks espresso and reads the newspaper. To the crowds of tourists who pass by, snapping selfies, nothing about Livia will be memorable. She is simply an old lady. They walk on without knowing the part she played in ensuring the future of this beautiful city. And to Livia now, those dark days feel very far away too.

But today, when she opens the paper, she sees a name she has not heard for a long time. A name that will bring memories flooding back of Nazi troops marching through the city and the dangers she faced as a young woman, carrying out secret missions for the resistance.

Isabella Bellucci.

A siren of the silver screen, Isabella cultivated all the right connections to ensure her rise to stardom. But when Rome falls to the Nazis, Isabella is suddenly faced with the choice between protecting herself, and all she has worked for, or sacrificing everything to save the man she loves.

As the war rages across Europe, a terrible misunderstanding causes the fates of Isabella and Livia to become forever intertwined. And each woman must decide what theyโ€™re willing to risk, to protect the ones they hold dear from a brutal enemy.

Inspired by the incredible true stories of two women in wartime Italy, this is a heart-wrenching and unforgettable tale of love, resistance, betrayal and hope. Fans of Kate Furnivall, Fiona Valpy and My Name is Eva will be absolutely gripped by this sweeping Second World War novel.



I have recieved an Advance Review Copy from the Publisher via Netgalley in exchange of a honest review. All opinions listed below are of my own.

An enlightening, gripping story of two Itlaian women of opposing personalities in midst of World War II.

One of the leading ladies was Livia Moretti, a history and arts major at University of Florence, a bright, young, fierce woman.Being brought up in a restricted environment by her strict and orthodox mother follwed by years of boarding schools under the nose of yet another strict Governess had turned Livia quite a Rebellious spirit. I was smitten with her independent choices, conscience, intelligence and integrity. She turned up to be my favourite character of the book. Livia also shares a strong bond with her father,a lawyer, who encourages her each efforts. Following her father’s footsteps, Livia develops a strong dislike for the Fascists. Seemingly her new college boyfriend Cosimo shares the same interest.

Isabella Bellucci, on the other hand, is a famous celebrity. Being a rising movie star, she runs in *elite* (fascists and Nazis) crowds. Yet so, she had zero interests in politics.Unlike Livia, she’s far too dependent on others. Initially, I despised her but gradually warmed up to her near the very end.

While Livia engages herself in resistance and fights for the true and just cause by rebelling against the Nazis, Isabella becomes smittened by a certain director Vicenzo Lucchese, who happens to be a family friend of the Morettis.At some point Isabella acknowledges that her life was always under the influence of the fascists. Suddenly she realises the light and starts rethinking every decisions she have made so far.A series of misunderstandings leads her to make a difficult choice which costs her a lot. However, She decides to risk her everything and use her privileges right for the man she loves.
This book is the story of Livia and Isabella find their worlds interwined amidst a war. The choices they make during the war would shape and change their lives drastically in the future.

Another great point of the book was how much effort the Writer took to mention the horrible consequences of a War torn country. As II Duce sends maximum under resourced Italian Troops to fight in Russia. It’s only a matter of time when , ordinary men are called up to fight in the war. One of such example is Cosimo, Livia’s boyfriend.
It shows Italian people’s worries about losing their loved ones at war and subsequently suffering the painful death of their loved ones. Italian People not only endured the pain of losing their loved ones but also had to face a terrible famine and poverty. This book talks about the horrible consequences of war- the poverty, famine, loss of dear ones, sacrifices and other terrible miseries.
The realism the Author pointed is highly appreciated
I really loved her writing. I just didn’t want this to end. I haven’t felt like this after reading a book for a long time. I love this one so much. Truly deserves the 5 stars.


Book Review: Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

๐—•๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ ๐—ง๐—ถ๐˜๐—น๐—ฒ:๐—ง๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ง๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜ ๐—ง๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜„

๐—”๐˜‚๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ: ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—Ÿ๐˜†๐—ป๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป

๐—š๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€: ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ด ๐—”๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—น๐˜,๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜†,๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ

๐— ๐˜† ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด: ๐Ÿฑ/๐Ÿฑ


The Hating Game meets Nick and Norahโ€™s Infinite Playlist by way of Morgan Matson in this unforgettable romantic comedy about two rival overachievers whose relationship completely transforms over the course of twenty-four hours.
Today, she hates him.

Itโ€™s the last day of senior year. Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been bitter rivals for all of high school, clashing on test scores, student council elections, and even gym class pull-up contests. While Rowan, who secretly wants to write romance novels, is anxious about the future, sheโ€™d love to beat her infuriating nemesis one last time.

Tonight, she puts up with him.

When Neil is named valedictorian, Rowan has only one chance at victory: Howl, a senior class game that takes them all over Seattle, a farewell tour of the city she loves. But after learning a group of seniors is out to get them, she and Neil reluctantly decide to team up until theyโ€™re the last players leftโ€”and then theyโ€™ll destroy each other.
As Rowan spends more time with Neil, she realizes heโ€™s much more than the awkward linguistics nerd sheโ€™s sparred with for the past four years. And, perhaps, this boy she claims to despise might actually be the boy of her dreams.

Tomorrowโ€ฆmaybe sheโ€™s already fallen for him.


A cute, aww-worthy, adventurous,sweet, engaging read with two vivid main characters.
My new favourite book in shelf, another great successful Nemesis-to-lovers trope.

5 Reasons why I loved this-

  • Strong suited and likeable main characters having a depth to them. They each have a story to tell. Though Neil’s story was much more deeper, sad and intriguing.
  • Portrayal of the horrible religious prejudice faced by minority religions. It was really sad to read about. How minority religions are pushed out and their religious holidays are not factored in.
  • A well paced book, I loved how the author wonderfully put everything into places even though it was all-in-one-day sort of book. I adored the slow paced love story.
  • I related so much with the female lead. Especially because of her love and adoration for Romance Novels. Her struggles in high school was also greatly potrayed by the Author.
  • The cute banter between the characters was truly amazing to read about. I don’t know how many freaking times I awed at the cute moments. The Assasin/Tag game was also fun and adventurous to read about.

In word, this book was a perfect high school romance, I devoured myself into each page reading this gem of a book. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good high school romance.


ARC Review: Finding Balance by Kati Gardner

๐๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐ƒ๐ž๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐ฌ

๐“๐ข๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž: ๐…๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐š๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž (๐๐ซ๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐„๐ง๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก #๐Ÿ)

๐€๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ: ๐Š๐š๐ญ๐ข ๐†๐š๐ซ๐๐ง๐ž๐ซ

๐๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง: ๐…๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ฑ ๐๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ฌ

๐๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ƒ๐š๐ญ๐ž: ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ—๐ญ๐ก ๐’๐ž๐ฉ๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ

๐†๐ž๐ง๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ: ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐  ๐€๐๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ, ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ

๐Œ๐ฒ ๐‘๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐ : 3.75 ๐’๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ฌ

If you’re into Cancer survivors story then this book will definitely impress you with it’s emotions and realism.

Jase Ellison doesnโ€™t remember having acute lymphocytic leukemia when he was three years old. His cancer diagnosis only enters his mind twice a year. Once at his yearly checkup at the oncology clinic and one when he attends Camp Chemo in the summer. No one in his โ€œrealโ€ life knows about his past, especially his friends at Atlanta West Prep.
Mari Manos has never been able to hide her cancer survivorship. She wakes every morning, grabs her pink forearm clip crutches, and starts her day. Mari loves Camp Chemoโ€”where sheโ€™s developed a healthy crush on fellow camper Jase. At Camp, she knows that sheโ€™ll never get โ€œthe lookโ€ or have to explain her amputation to anyone.
Jase wants to move on, to never reveal his past. But when Mari transfers to his school, he knows she could blow his cover. Thatโ€™s the last thing he wants, but he also cannot ignore his attraction to her. Mari wants to be looked at like a girl, a person, and not only known for her disability. But how do you move on from cancer when the world wonโ€™t let you?ย 


I was provided an eARC by the Publisher via Netgalley in exchange of a honest review on my part. All opinions listed below are of my own.

This book follows the two individual interconnected stories of two Cancer Survivors, Mari and Jason. Mari lost one of her legs, to Bone Cancer when she was ten, and ever since then she can’t hide away this part from her life. She tries to be strong when people ask questions about her leg, and demand to know her story and even when her mean peers through in nasty comments here and there. But she is blessed with a supportive and caring family members.

I Swear, Mari has the best set of brothers anyone can ever ask for. I loved Nick, Kris and Leo.They’re not overprotective or anything, they know their little Mari is strong enough to fight her battles but also remain ready as a sheild whenever she needs them. Her brother’s girlfriends are equally amazing, I love Giselle and Caroline so much. Actually, I loved all of Mari’s close bonded family. Loved their chats and cozy settings. My favourite quote from the book was by her mom,

๐˜‹๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ’๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ,๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ช. ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ.

Our male protagonist Jason, on the other hand doesn’t remember anything about his time with cancer as he was diagnosed with Leukaemia at a tender age of three. The duo have met at Camp Chemo many times over the years, where they became close friends and a bit more. But when, Mari transfers to AWP, the same school Jason attends, Jason instantly starts behaving like a stranger, as if he never knew Mari. A jerk move on his part, he is afraid people will know his little secret of being a cancer survivor. He is anxious about being bullied just the way he suffered throughout Middle school. He doesn’t want that horrible life back.

This doesn’t go well with Mari ofcourse, But our girl Mari, is a breath of fresh air, a strong soul, soon, she befriends with some like-minded people like Lucas, who stand by her.
While Mari cannot afford to shut away her cancer survivor story from the world because of her one leg. She hates to explain to everyone she meets, she hates when people assume they have the right to know her story. Nevertheless, she keeps on going. But Jason has the privilege to hide away his story. So, except his family and friends from Camp Chemo, nobody knows he had Cancer. While I agree, it is completely his decision whether he wants to share his story or not. But that doesn’t give him a free card to be a jerk to Mari.I loathed everytime Jason was a jerk to Mari, though he redeemed himself towards the end, still I wasn’t quite convinced.

This was my first time reading a book with the main characters being survivors of cancer. The plot seemed unique, which is why I picked this book. I loved reading about both of the protagonists’ journey with cancer. I have learnt so much by reading this book. I really liked how the Author addessed important issues like medical expenditures, the anxiety, fear and other feelings so perfectly.
I completely agree with both of the MCs finding it hard to explain to everyone about their story. And it doesn’t ends well, when people are always demanding more and don’t really care about their feelings and throw in mean comments. I hated characters like Lindsay, though it’s a clichรจ (being mean to disabled classmates, bullying them) but people like them actually exist.
I loved Mari and her family,I tried to love Jason but just couldn’t. Though I admired his journey and empathised with him.
This book felt slow paced, few of the things kept happening over and over again. This book had an unique plot I feel it could do more? But however I enjoyed reading this. Definitely recommend it.
Mari has leveled up to one of my favourite characters.

ARC Book Review: The Stolen Letter

๐˜ฝ๐™ค๐™ค๐™  ๐™๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ก๐™š: ๐™๐™๐™š ๐™Ž๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ก๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™‡๐™š๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง

๐˜ผ๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™๐™ค๐™ง : ๐˜พ๐™ก๐™–๐™ง๐™– ๐˜ฝ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ฃ

๐™‚๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ง๐™š: ๐™ƒ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ž๐™˜๐™–๐™ก ๐™๐™ž๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ, ๐™‡๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™–๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™๐™ž๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ

๐™‹๐™ช๐™—๐™ก๐™ž๐™จ๐™๐™š๐™ง: ๐˜ฝ๐™ค๐™ค๐™ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ง๐™š

๐—ฃ๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ: ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฐ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ

๐™ˆ๐™ฎ ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ: 5/5


I have recieved an Advance Review Copy from the Publisher via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review. All opinions listed below are of my own

Historical Fiction are my second go-to genre after YA, this one had WWII plot which instantly attracted me. This charming book comes out Today. Happy Book Birthday to this heartfelt book. I adored reading this tragic story.


Let’s move on to the Blurb, shall we?

The longer her imprisonment went on, the more she cast her mind back to the stolen hours they had spent together. His love had blown in like an unexpected breath of warm summer air, giving her the promise of life and joy. But now they had been torn apart and she was tormented by the thought that they might never be reunited.

Italy, 1938: When Stella arrives in Florence, itโ€™s love at first sight. She is wowed by the rolling hills dotted with olive trees, the buttermilk villas with shuttered windows and terracotta roofs that glow gloriously in the sunlight. Even the breeze holds the scent of freedom โ€“ freedom from England, where the shadow of her past haunted her.

Then there is Ted, an American journalist who is wild and mischievous, with an arrogance bordering on rude. Stella is infuriated by him โ€“ but she cannot deny the lure of the danger and excitement he promises.

But there is something dark under the bright surface of this beautiful country, with unspeakable tragedies just around the corner. When the Nazis take control of Italy, Stella and Ted โ€“ and whatever dreams the future held for them โ€“ are ripped apart. As bombs descend, destroying everything in their wake, there is nothing to do but sit in darkness, praying to see tomorrow.

And it seems that even in Italy, Stellaโ€™s past has found her. Somewhere in the winding streets of Florence there is a letter that could change the course of her fate. Unknown to her, it holds a secret with the power to rewrite her past, and everything she has been running away from. But will she live to find it? And with the odds stacked against her, will she ever see Ted again?

This beautifully spun and stirring tale is about the impossible tragedies of war and the miraculous possibilities of love. Fans of Kristin Hannahโ€™s The Nightingale, Rhys Bowenโ€™s The Tuscan Child, and The Letter by Kathryn Hughes will be utterly captivated by this spectacular historical page-turner.

The poignant tragical tale featuring the realities of War, a story of love being the light in darkest of times, a tale of misunderstandings, bad decisions, loyalty and lies.

The description is so top-notched that it made gasp with all the fears and emotions trembling across me. I could feel the character’s emotions and their fear and desires, everything felt so realistic. I am so amazed by this. Another great point for this book landing with a 5 starred rating from me.
The story starts at 1938, with Stella’s arrival at Florence, Italy. She stays as a guest at her Stepmother’s house, who has remarried. Monica’s(the stepmother) main motive is to find the lost paintings of her dead husband and she knows Stella could have a link to that. As the book proceeded, this plot about Paintings becomes lost and serves as a secondary subplot as the WWII proclaims the main plot.
Being trapped in a castle life in England, Stella has always been deprived of a life outdoors, which turned her into an immature, timid and innocent young woman, who has no idea about how cruel the world can be. She is mesmerized by the beauty of Italy, the beautiful architectures and pleasant gift of nature. For the first time in life she is experiencing freedom. But soon, the war begins. With the lack of proper decisions making ability and assistance, Stella steps foot into a blunder of her own which turns her life into a living hell. Even the stern and firm warnings from Ted didn’t do her any good. Until she realised what she did, it was way too late. She also finds out her family secrets, which makes her see her own father in a new light.

Ted and Stella’s story was sad and intriguing to read about. This devastating story of love will surely make you teary eyed. The emotions Ted and Stella shared was so pure and heartbreakingly beautiful. The best thing about this being a succesful WWII book is it doesn’t only focus on Ted and Stella’s tragic romace but every other character’s sufferings and devastation. We see Beatrice’s pain of losing her newly wedded husband to the war, only to have doubts in the upcoming years if his sacrifice was merely for nothing. We experience the day-to-day lives deals in WWII, which was enlightening to read about. Italian representation on WWII, is not something we see often, I was glad the writer gave us this. Also, the descriptions and setting of Italy was a delight to read about.
There’s portrayal of domestic violence, abuse, military torture, poverty, betrayal by closest allies and all other miseries a war may bring.
This book can be called slow-paced but I adored this slow and steady development of the plot.
The unpredictability factor of the book served to the curiosity of mind. I couldn’t put this book down. I am seriously irreversibly in love with this book.
This story of tragedy and passion made tears rolling through my eyes. Highly recommend reading this, if you are interested in WWII based Historical fictions. I am so impressed by Clara Benson’s writing style, hope to read more of her books in future.

ARC Review: Misleading a Duke By A.S. Fenichel

~๐‘ฉ๐’๐’๐’Œ ๐‘ซ๐’†๐’•๐’‚๐’Š๐’๐’”~

Book Title: Misleading a Duke

Author: A.S. Fenichel

Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance

Publisher: Kensington Books

Personal Rating: 3.5 stars

Publication Date: 29th September 2020


~๐‘ฉ๐’๐’–๐’“๐’ƒ~

When Nicholas Ellsworth, Duke of Breckenridge agreed to marry Faith sight unseen, he never counted on her level of conniving. He wanted an unconventional wife, but she and her friends have gone too far. Thinking heโ€™d left espionage behind in France, he wants a quiet life in England with a woman who he might come to admire. Faith and her Wallflowers of West Lane have fooled and thwarted him for the last time.
 
Having made a terrible mistake by spying on Nicholas, Faith doesnโ€™t know what to do to win back his good opinion. Her mother wonโ€™t speak to her and Nicholas is furious. Desperate to apologize for making a fool of him, she stoops to trickery once again. Enlisting the help of the Wallflowers, they lure him to a remote castle in order to give Faith time to make up for her folly. The elaborate plan includes fancy meals, games of chance, and the saddest puppy in all of England. She may be devious, but Nicholas may not be able to resist Faithโ€™s charms.


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Misleading a Duke is an outstanding Regency Romance. I enjoyed reading this book, the writing style charmed me a lot. When I started this book, I found myself turning pages after pages in this book. The MCs have strong personalities, when we meet Faith in “Earl Not Taken” she was one of the most optimistic, rational thinking, thoughful, opinionated young woman. Her character was so intriguing and I instantly liked her. We don’t get to see much of Nick’s personality in that book, so I was quite excited for learning about him. Nick is a compassionate gentleman. He reminds me of Classic Heros. He has a mysterious past which happens to be one of the interesting plot of the book. My advice is to read the first book before picking up this one, as most of Nick and Faith introduction happens there. I am a sucker for Contract Marriage/Fake Dating tropes. Though this doesn’t have it, but Faith and Nick did had their marriage arranged by their families, so there’s that very tiny glimpse.

The first book dealed with spying on Nick, but on this one we get some firsthand takes on Nick and Faith’s romance. I loved their conversations. I am glad there wasn’t any dragging around the plot, and enjoyed this lighthearted quick-read. But please note, this is not all lighthearted read, this book does has some intense and dramatic scenes which also has few amount of violence portrayed in it. Which honestly I didn’t expected at first, but it served to my thrilling experience reading this.

From the first book of the series, Nick and Faith are engaged, but only on arranged terms, after observing her friend’s disastrous marriage, Faith finds it hard to just marry a man without knowing him. So, she and the wallflowers hit upon a plan and try to gather information about Nick’s character. But all these doesn’t end well with Nick. By the end of the first book, Faith comes to realise Nick’s good character and reasons for his secretive life. In this book, we find some closer look at their relationship. Faith invites Nick to meet her at one of her family estates to get to know her Fiancรจ a bit better and clear up all the misunderstandings. But the thing don’t go as per plan, Nick’s shady past invades their private meeting and soon they are taken hostages. But one dear friend saves the day. The days in captive becomes the intitation of Nick and Faith’s blooming love story. The characters had a striking chemistry which I absolutely fangirled. The protagonists had strong personality traits and were straightforward with each other which impressed me. Wallflowers of West Lane are a 4 woman club, who met while attending Finishing school, which turned them into strong and confident woman instead of just a dedicated “bride”. I loved their bond since the first book and loved it even more better this time.

Some points worth mentioning-

  • Faith’s character development was realistic and well-written. She finds her true self through various ups and down
  • Nick is another amazing personality. He has got this aura around his character. He’s patriotic, charismatic, strong willed.
  • The sisterhood of Wallflowers is the major highlight of the book.
  • Faith was a young woman who didn’t bow down to society rules and took her life decision on her own hand.
  • I loved Nick’ s personality and his devotion to the Crown. And ofcourse, his adoration to Faith. I am a bit upset about Nick not having enough scenes with the Wallflowers.

Overall, it was a good book.I wanted to give it 4 stars, but the ending was too rushed for me and I found myself all over the places at the last couple of chapters. I felt like too many dramatic subplots kept happening and all of a sudden a rushed happy ending didn’t interest me. Also, there wasn’t any amount of character development in this book. It’s more of a follow through of the first book, and a more closer look at the development of Faith and Nicholas’s relationship. But that too happend on the first couple of chapters, the rest chapters went on in dramatic adventures and confusion. So, I’m gonna end up giving it 3.5 stars.


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A.S. Fenichel gave up a successful career in New York City to follow her husband to Texas and pursue her lifelong dream of being a professional writer. Sheโ€™s never looked back.

A.S. adores writing stories filled with love, passion, desire, magic and maybe a little mayhem tossed in for good measure. Books have always been her perfect escape and she still relishes diving into one and staying up all night to finish a good story.

Multi-published in historical, paranormal, erotic and contemporary romance, A.S. is the author of the several series, including Forever Brides, Everton Domestic Society, Wallflowers of West Lane and more. Strong, empowered heroines from Regency London to modern-day New Orleans are what really excites A.S., and thatโ€™s what youโ€™ll find in all her books.
A Jersey Girl at heart, she now makes her home in Southern Missouri with her real-life hero, her wonderful husband. When not reading or writing, she enjoys cooking, travel, history, puttering in her garden and spoiling her fussy cat.

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