Sunday, 23 December 2012

Book Review (190): Waltz With A Stranger - Pamela Sherwood

Waltz with a Stranger

Publication: 4th December 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 448
Genre: Historical Romance
Age Appropriate: 16+
One dance would change her life forever...

A man who never expected to inherit. A woman who never expected to wed. A choice that pits their honor against their hearts.

Crippled after a riding accident, Aurelia Newbold shuns Society—until a dashing stranger draws her into a secret waltz and changes her life forever. After a year abroad, she returns home and discovers that the one man she's been dreaming of is engaged to her beloved twin sister. 

James Trelawney is not prepared for the vibrant woman who returns to London in the place of the wounded girl he took pity on—or his growing need for her. But forbidden love is not the only danger...a chilling secret reaches out from beyond the grave, threatening both Trelawney and the woman he loves.
My Thoughts...
I've long been a fan of Historical Romance books, having not read one for a long time  this was the perfect story to get right back into it, and although I pretty much guessed the ending  I still loved the story and all of the characters.
One night while at an engagement party James ventures into the conservatory to find some peace and quiet, it's there he finds a woman Aurelia, hiding away from the other guests after a horse accident which left her crippled and her face scarred, after asking her for a dance they both feel a connection but neither do anything about it.
A year later and Aurelia has returned from abroad, happier, healthier and a lot more confident than she was after the accident, after reuniting with her identical twin sister Amelia she is introduced to her sister's fiancee who happens to be none other than James the one person she was hoping to reacquaint herself with after having him constantly in her thoughts for the past year.
James has also had Aurelia in his thoughts since the night that they met, but after inheriting the title of Earl from his recently deceased cousin he needs money to repair his crumbling estate and so proposes to Amelia for her dowry, while she agrees to marry him because of his title but once Aurelia comes back into the picture that both find themselves falling in love with each other but to save hurting Amelia they keep their feelings towards each other hidden.
There is also a subplot involving the mysterious death of James' cousins death, the search for the killer and the motive.
I really liked that the pov in the story was shared between Aurelia, Amelia and James, it helped knowing what thoughts were going through the heads of these three and their complicated relationships.
This was a top notch historical romance, Pamela Sherwood is a new author to watch out for.
I look forward to reading the next book set in this world, highly recommended.
I give this 5/5.

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