I love to read just about anything, as long as it's fiction. I read for me - that means I read what I want, when I want. My reviews tend to mostly be based on how I'm able to personally connect with the story/characters. They are not intended to influence someone to read, or not read, a particular book. I always encourage people to take a chance and make up your own mind.
Oh, and I love chocolate.
This is now the second novel I've read by Amy Jarecki, and I think I've found a new 'go-to' author. I've mentioned before that historical romance is not my typical genre, but I do go in spurts where I tend to read several in a row (although not usually Scottish historical romance). Coming off the recent disappointment of The Governess of Highland Hall, I needed this book.
My usual complaint with this genre (and why I stop reading the books) is that they all tend to follow the same blueprint. Just change the names and the setting - otherwise the same books. It gets boring. So far, Jarecki has been able to use the standard outline (romance, villain, misunderstandings, tragic events that bring the hero and heroine together, etc.) yet she is able to infuse unique twists and ways to weave the plot that keep my interest.
And I love that her characters actually communicate with each other most of the time! There can still be conflict with communication, and I like that she recognizes this. I also like how her characters have a life outside of one another.
Back to this specific novel, I really liked Meg and Duncan. I believed in their chemistry and I enjoyed the banter between them. I think there were some 'liberties of fiction' used, especially at the end.(show spoiler)
However, it didn't detract from my overall enjoyment of the novel.