Saturday, June 4, 2016

Arabella by Louise Lake

Goodreads Summary

When wealthy young girl Arabella Lybeck is forced to move from London to Derbyshire, she believes her life to be over. Until she meets Lewis Larson; the son of a farmer.
As their friendship blossoms over time and they come of age, so does Larson’s heart.
After the death of his father, Larson, joins the military to support his mother and farm, but not before sending word to Arabella of his love for her.
Arabella’s father; who undoubtedly hates Larson and blames him for his sons accident intercepts his letter, leading Arabella to believe Larson has left without a word, as she soon realises she returns Larson’s love.
After being separated, Arabella, is sent back to London to find a suitable husband at her father's command.
What becomes of love when all is lost?
Will Arabella and Larson be reunited?
Can their love stand the test of time?

A heart-warming story of love and loss in Georgian England.

My Thoughts

Louise Lake, the author of Arabella, sent me an email a little while back asking me if I would like to read and review her new book.  I happily agreed!  I do not read historical fiction/romance books very often but this one sounded good.  While Arabella may not be the best book I’ve ever read, it was a fairly good book.

I don’t normally write how many stars I give a book in my blog but I am going to for this one.  I am giving Arabella three stars and I’ll give three things I liked about it and two things I didn’t necessarily like (to equal 5 stars, in case you didn’t catch that).

Three things I did like:
1. It was a decent read that moved along quickly enough to keep me reading.
2. There were surprising elements that I really didn’t see coming.
3. Most of the characters were likeable and enjoyable.

Two things I didn’t like:
1. Although I don’t always want the typical happy ending book, there were too many upsetting things happening in one short book.
2. The book was a bit too short to have all of the things that happened in it.  It didn’t leave enough room for character development or world building.

All in all, it wasn’t a bad book; it just wasn’t my favorite book.  I would love to have given it a glowing review but it wasn’t my taste, I guess.

*Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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