I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
I have to start off by saying that Ms. Marlowe did a great job in capturing the feel of the era while providing a clean voice. Sometimes, with historicals, you get the authors who really did their research, and then laden the narrative with the voice of that era, which was really...*thinking* Let's just say that things were slower then, so they had a lot of time to say a single sentence, which could, really, last an entire page. The Voice of this book was historical and fresh, which instantly drew me into the book.
The characters were good as well. I liked the fact that Del wasn't searching for a man, but her eyes were open for it. She is a really neat character. I would "friend" her on Facebook and put her in my news feed. This wasn't one of those books where the helpless female had to find a man who would sweep her off her feet and save her from a life of destitution.
The setting was clear. I could see it well. Ms. Marlowe painted a lot of really strong story structural elements to make this a fantastic story.
The thing that killed it for me was the romantic plot element, and because this is a romance, this structural element had to be strong. The connection between the two characters was instant and sizzling, and I loved that! But...Del touches a ring, there's kissing, a touch of a boob, a wardrobe, and then they're both instantly in love with each other. And this happened in one day.
Really? I felt the lust. I did. It was hot and lovely. Tingly! Very tingly!
Love? *floundering* No.
The story went on after that, and by the end of the book, I felt the love element. However, it felt like a "love for the sake of love" story for me. It could be that I'm a bit of a cynic. Well, I know I am, but I still love a good romance. I love to be swept away by the discovery of it. There was no "discovery". It was cop a feel, stir, instant love. I wanted more.
There's a lot of great potential with this author! She really has a gift for telling a story. There is, however, room to grow. Did I love this story? No. Will I read the next one? YES!