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A Great Love Story
on October 28, 2017
There is a moral to this story: Don't judge anyone based on the opinions of others.
Isabella has been forced into a marriage with a duke, Elliot Covington. Her father has basically sold her to this duke and she couldn't be more terrified.
Elliot is a lot older than Isabella, a fact that I find a bit disconcerting, but that isn't the problem. Elliot is severely scarred on his face. He's been in a self-imposed exile for eighteen years. His estate is blocked by briars and trees that are not kept, giving it an eerie look from the outside.
As with anything that is mysterious, stories and rumors abound. These stories were passed to Isabella when she was a child. She believed a monster lived behind the facade of the overgrowth which shrouded the house and now she's forced to marry this ogre.
But Elliot isn't an ogre. He isn't a monster. He's a very kind, loving, caring man who had some bad stuff happen to him. He's lonely, keeping just two people around; his friend, Crawford, and one of his servants, Kitty. There are other servants and workers around, but he avoids them and he avoids Isabella until nightfall. He never wants her to see him in the light of day because he knows how she will react when she sees how scarred his face is. She fainted at the altar, for Heaven's sake.
All he asks is two hours of her time during the evening. That's it. She's afraid at first, but when she starts to get to know him, she realizes that he is a man of substance. He's intelligent, witty, and...broken.
It was quite sad. But, despite how long it took her to look at his face (months), she fell deeply in love with him as he did her. They got to know each other and genuinely liked to spend time together.
Both Isabella and Elliot are sweet and forgiving people. There were no hot arguments, no mocking, or the common female main character thing, "I'm tough. Look at me," crap that we read in almost every romance novel these days. It was refreshing to see a real lady and a real gentleman get to know each other and fall in love.
If you're looking for hot sex, this book is not for you. If you're looking for a genuine love story, you will love it. I loved the ending.
I gave it a four-star review because of some misspellings and some weird punctuation. Other than that, this is a fantastic read.