Upon starting this story, I was not sure what to expect. I love Historical Romances, but this story had a bit of "supernatural" in the beginning that I was unsure of how to take. Was it really a ghost/spirit or was it just a metaphor? Even upon finishing the story, I am still a bit uncertain.
The story has a good thought and idea. The biggest problem I had was that it was simply too short. It starts off with a good premise; a mourning woman finally meets up with her childhood friend, who you assume are trying to find out about their love for one another. In fact the story starts out at pretty good pace. Meeting with her parents, being invited to a Christmas supper, her being confused, the man dropping hints he loves her too, etc.
Then the issue for me arose, when suddenly it just started to feel a bit rushed. I wish the story would have been longer, even a full-length book. I think for the story, only 50 pages just did not have enough. Right when I was getting into character development, and trying to figure out what would happen, what kind of sexual tension would occur, all my answers were just thrown at me.
Ms. Moore had a great idea and story line, it was just a bit too condensed. In my opinion the essence of what makes a good story great, is a bit of surprise, and build up. I just didn't get that from this story. I will of course try out more of Ms. Moore's writings, because I liked the story, and see if there is anything similar, but just more drawn out and detailed.
Lady Rebecca Hastings has lost her sparkle, her intense joy for living, since her intended was killed in the Battle of Waterloo. On the day that Rebecca’s wedding had been scheduled to take place, she is reunited with her childhood friend and neighbor, Adrian Russell, Marquess of Burton.
Rebecca is immediately conscious of new feelings of contentment as she speaks with Adrian about the happy experiences they shared as children. Memories of their past combined with the cheer of the Christmas season—and some alarming visits from the spirit of her intended—eventually bring Rebecca the knowledge of an enduring love for Adrian. But can he ever accept her as more than a friend?