Title: Tremaine’s True Love
Author: Grace Burrowes
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Overall, an easy read. You don’t have to think too much, and you get your happily-ever-after. It’s your typical Regency Romance with nothing to really set it apart in a good way or a bad way from the rest of the genre.
I don’t believe this is the first book in the series, but it stood alone just fine, and I haven’t read any other works by this author.
I found the first few pages very convoluted and difficult to follow. Perhaps because I hadn’t read the other books in the series. I almost put it down and moved on, but the writing did get much better.
The premise of the story is Tremaine is looking to buy some very expensive sheep from the Earl of Bellemonte, and the earl is debating selling the sheep as he interviews Tremaine as a marriage prospect for one of his four unwed sisters.
The heroine is a spinster who also happens to be a healer. Her healing and compassion become the reason she and the hero don’t get together quickly so there’s a book.
While both are likable enough to me, neither of them are very deep. There are no meaningful character arcs in this book, but I don’t really expect them in regency romance novels.
I liked that it took time for the hero and heroine to build up an attraction to each other. There was none of the love-at-first-sight stuff that makes me roll my eyes.
But I wish the author would’ve spent more time with them.There was a massive cast of characters, and other romances going on at the same time.
Most jarring, the author kept switching point-of-view in the story. I expect to hop between the hero and heroine, but not the heroine’s sisters, brothers, and whoever else. At the start of each scene, I’d have to take a moment to figure out whose eyes I was seeing through. Other than this, the writing itself was tight and well done.
The plot is pretty sparse. Although, I will give the author some credit for looking up common diseases of the time as well as medical practices.
Still, 99% of the issues in the story revolved around a very incompetent doctor. I can’t comprehend why the heroine’s father or brother kept him in town without finding another much, much sooner. Made me think very ill of them as earls.
I also grew weary of all the “deep insights” into each other all of the siblings had, insights that didn’t really go anywhere or lead to anything. Perhaps the author was trying to use this as character building, but it didn’t work.
Of course, didn’t think too highly of anyone’s problem solving skills when it didn’t occur to any them until the very end of the book to get a competent doctor so the heroine could be with the man she loved. *eye roll*
All in, an easy read and a diversion from all the stuff going on in our lives right now. How about you all? Read anything excellent lately?