An Inconvenient Romance by Chalon Linton
The countryside of England provided an idyllic backdrop for Charles Brumley’s and Leah Hastings’s childhood. Neighbors and best friends, the pair passed many happy days racing through the rolling hills of Derbyshire. Everything was perfect—until Charles ruined it all and abandoned Leah for university.
Six years later, the former friends are thrust into each other's paths once more. Leah had been looking forward to the ball, an opportunity to further her acquaintance with the handsome Mr. Wilkins—but when she sees Charles’s familiar face through the crowd, her traitorous heart leaps.
Charles faces his own struggle: he has loved Leah since he was fifteen years old, yet it seems he is too late—it appears that her affections are otherwise engaged. As the pair tentatively renews their friendship, the spark between them is undeniable.
After so many years apart, Leah endeavors to reconcile her feelings toward her once cherished companion. But when a conniving rival for Charles’s attention approaches Leah, the threat is clear: give up her association with Charles, or a devastating secret about her family will be revealed. Faced with an impossible decision, Leah must make a choice—the ruin of her family or the ruin of her heart?
An Inconvenient Romance is a cute and sweet story. I liked the characters and enjoyed the long relationship they had had as neighbors that added so much to their feelings. The alternating points of view really added to the story.
As a reader there was a bit of frustration that Charles and Leah didn't just talk to each other, but their fears, coupled with Leah's dedication to her family, made for an entertaining read.
I would read more from this author.
I really wanted to like this book, but it just didn't hit the mark for me. The main two reasons were that there was so much switching between formal and informal names - sometimes several times on a page. It was kind of confusing at times trying to keep track of who was who. The second reason was that Leah kept mentioning that Charles broke her heart, but we never saw anything about how it happened until page 84. That was 84 pages of me wondering what he did that was so bad, because in the first chapter of the book, nothing overly heart-breaking happened.
Other than those two things, the story was OK, but it just wasn't the amazing romance that I was hoping for.
When I first saw that each chapter was alternating perspectives I was a little leery. That can either be good or bad, but I was pleasantly surprised that it added to the story instead of being a huge distraction. I was able to read this quickly and as an added bonus, it's a cute cover :)
This is one of those books that you want to yell at the characters to just communicate with each other and it will all be fine! They don't of course...got to have that tension and conflict I guess. Where would the story go without it?
I was kind of hoping for more on the resolution. I mean, I like how it ended and everything, but the way the conflict was solved I would have liked a little more with what happened to everyone. I guess it wasn't really needed, but I still would have liked it.
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Author: Chalon Linton
Published: February 2017
Source: We received copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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