Longing by Mary Balogh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is an unconventional romance book, and I loved it. Pretty much every convention there is about how a love story should play out in this genre was broken, except for their being two POV characters, the ultimate hero and heroine. There’s a gaping wound of a love triangle, a worker’s revolt, an English overseer who realistically takes a while to get up to speed on his mines and mills, subthemes on gender and class and so many Welch names that there’s a pronunciation guide at the front of the book.
I wondered at times whether I would have been enthralled if it wasn’t Mary Balogh, who has earned my benefit of the doubt. The writing is hers of twenty years ago, in shorter sentences, not as lyrical despite the musical subplots of this story. But I hope I would. The story is courageous and gripping and the characters shaded and true to themselves. I have been recommending the book to others with a passion.
At least to those who like a love story that breaks the rules.
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