Julia Cummings has long been acquainted with loss-her mother, her
brother, her sister, her friend, all gone too soon. But the loss that
pushed her grief to the limit as a young girl was that of her best
friend, Lucas Jonquil, who abandoned her without looking back. Now,
eight years later, Lucas has returned to Lampton Park, and Julia has
steeled herself-she will never forgive the man who broke her heart.
After losing too many of his friends and family to early deaths, Lucas vowed to live life to the fullest. And after traversing the world, he has returned from his adventures to find his family and home as he left them-except for Julia. The little girl he left behind has blossomed into a captivating lady, a lady who makes it clear she despises him. With little hope of reconciliation, the former friends are blindsided when their parents make a shocking announcement. Lucas and Julia have been betrothed without their knowledge and are to marry immediately. Now Lucas must rely on the help of his closest friends to win the heart of a lady who loathes him-a lady he s coming to love more deeply every day.
I finally got to meet Lucas and get to know Julia better. I have loved their boys ever since I first "met" them, and they are some of my very favorite people. Based on how awesome the Jonquil sons are, one would think that their parents have always been equally as awesome, but this story shows us that they were human, and made mistakes just like everyone else. (What is that oft-repeated phrase about Jonquil men being idiots?) At any rate, a good part of this book was heartbreaking to read. This author definitely knows how to tug at your heartstrings. But there was also plenty of humor, which is another thing I just love about Eden's books. Ah, The Gents. I really can't wait to get to know them all a lot better. This book was one that kept me up past my bedtime more than once, and I could have easily finished it in a day if it weren't for all of the real- life stuff I had to get done. Definitely another winner!
How does Eden do it on a consistent basis? Seriously, I mean every story is well thought out and the characters just burrow deep into your heart and you want to be a part of their family and lives. Forget Me Not is one of these stories. The emotions are real and sometimes heart-breaking. The humor breaks up the tension, and the characters are people you want to keep reading about. I'm so excited for this new series The Gents.
What would it be like to be forgotten and left behind by those you loved, cared for, and needed the most? I think, just like Julia, I would shut down and protect my heart so I didn't get hurt anymore. And what would it be like to be forced into a marriage you didn't know about? I can't imagine living in a time when it was expected and accepted, even if you weren't happy about it. Can you imagine having that responsibility for your children? I really felt for Julia's dad, and the choice he made, and why he made it.
This Georgian era series will make you laugh, and it will make you cry. Pack some tissues and settle in for another winner by Sarah M. Eden.