Reviewed by Meghan Hyden
As I flipped through the books available to review on Luxury Reading, I was immediately drawn to this book. Now, I’m not really a big fan of romance, but the whole story idea just caught my attention and, even after a few days, I could not forget about the book. When I received the package in the mail, I couldn’t wait to begin reading it.
Before I actually talk ABOUT the story, I have to say that this is one of the MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOKS I have EVER seen. The whole presentation – and the author swag she included – added tremendously to my enjoyment of the book. I love when authors do something a little bit different to catch potential readers’ attention and she did just that. (I posted some pictures of it on my blog – you should definitely check them out.)
Once I opened the book and began reading, I could not put it down. At first, things are rough for Betsey and I really felt for her. The fact that she’s willing to do things that, if caught, could get her in trouble, all to better her life, really drew me to her and she is definitely on my list of favorite female main characters. She’s just so … I don’t even know how to explain her. Even when she’s ready to give up, she’s still not READY to give up.
When she finally does get to Idensea, the adventure really begins. The story just flows and is so much fun to read. This is one of my “read the whole thing in a day” books because nothing seemed more important than finding out what happens to her … and finding out more about this mysterious Mr. Jones.
I like Mr. Jones. I don’t, however, like his girlfriend, who we meet as Betsey’s arriving at the train station. Immediately I knew she was not the one for him–and when you read the book, you’ll find out why.
This is the author’s first book and it was AMAZING. Definite 5 stars (heck, if I could give it higher, I would). I can’t wait to see what she has to offer us next.
You can find Meghan (that’s Meghan spelled the right way) over on her book-ish blog The Gal in the Blue Mask. She’s an avid reader, a book editor, a story teller, a purveyor of delectable fare and pulchritudinous confections, and the best aunt in the world. She loves gardening, hiking, cooking and spending time at the zoo, library and museums. She may not be able to find her wallet, car keys or sunglasses, but she always knows where her Kindle is.
Review and giveaway copies were provided by Alison Atlee. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.