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Ten years on, Katie finds herself disillusioned with life. But, a surprise gift of yellow roses on her birthday lets her know that Steven is still thinking about her. Can love blossom once again after 10 years apart? However, Steven isn't the only one with Katie on their mind. The sleazy Bill Wilson has been in love with Katie longer than he can remember and intends to marry her - whether Katie is agreeable or not!
The Handfasting is a lovely story of a love that time could not diminish. I like Katie as she appears to be a strong woman who knows exactly what she wants. However, throughout the story we see Katie change into a vulnerable and frightened young woman thanks to the odious Bill Wilson and his shocking behaviour. Katie is torn between what she wants and what she is being forced into. Can love save the day? A story of romance, promises made and promises broken. Its a story of how two men have the power to change one woman's life in completely different ways. I really enjoyed The Handfasting and would recommend it.
Move forward 10 years later to August 1977. Katherine is now in New York, sharing a house with Sara and Becky. There are expectations in her home town of Hamilton that she will marry Bill Wilson a local attorney. At least that's what he tells everyone!
Meanwhile Steven had also returned to the US and was now a curator in an art gallery. Will their paths cross? Will they get married as they pledged even though they haven't seen each other for 10 years? Or will she marry Bill Wilson like everyone expects her to?
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I had read up about handfasting and thought it might be some overly slushy romantic novel. How very wrong I was. Yes there was romance, but there was a mix of crime, heartache and despair.
Once I started reading this, I just couldn't put it down. I fact I continued reading until 3am as I was hooked!
I loved Katherine. She was kind hearted and had plenty of love to give, but sometimes I wanted to shake her and other times I wanted to hug her. Bill Wilson on the other hand...... Well I found him obnoxious and couldn't understand how anyone could like him, let alone love him. Steve was like most women dream about; loyal, kind, warm and loving.
I got to it was as if I knew these people personally as I was so immersed into the book. I formed a real picture of them in my head and I was sad to lose them when the book finished.
It is not very often a book leaves a real imprint on me but Mr Burnett has managed to do that to me with this book. I have to admit, I even shed a tear as the book was becoming to it's conclusion. Silly I know. It was not a slushy romance. It was a great read with a powerful storyline. If the author writes more books like this, I for one will buy them.
I was given this book by the promoter in exchange for my honest review.
The story starts as the pair initially fall in love and perform the Handfasting ceremony themselves in an abandoned church in Scotland, which gives them both time to concentrate on building their careers yet knowing that they are still there for each other, they give themselves a whole ten years. Within the church blooms a yellow rose bush planted by one of the monks and is now a symbol of both the Church and the town.
"Every time you see a yellow rose remember that I love you". Steven said to Katherine.
During this time they get on with their lives but deep down they both know that nobody can compare to their true love. Katherine becomes a doctor and Steven becomes a curator of a art museum in New York.
Fast forward ten years and after a lot of searching Steven finally finds his love, Katherine, who is still just as much in love with him as he is with her. There is just one problem, an unwanted admirer from Katherine's hometown, Bill Wilson, who is an arrogant, self centered and opinionated drunk with horrendous beliefs about woman who believes he has claimed Katherine and is set to marry her. What happens next is horrifying.
Following Katherine's plight you feel her despair and I was on tender hooks with the uncertainty of how the story was going to end, the suspense was amazing and I actually read half the book in one afternoon.
A nice, light and friendly romance story with an unwanted admirer who stirs things up to the core. An absolutely recommended read and I will certainly be reading more from this talented author.
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