"Runaway Heiress," is a historical fiction novel that I thought I could undeniably fall for, unfortunately, I found myself almost loathing this story. However, to be fair the overall story did have a few and unquestionably limited moments when I found charm within the plot. The story was a very easy, almost breezy read that was far too ordinary for my imagination. As a reader, I very much need that Hollywood level thrill that I would expect to find in a romance novel. This story was indisputably missing such excitement.
The story I felt was so average that the entire book could be summarized from the end of the first chapter as nothing meaningful really happens during the rest of the book. I was hoping that the story would begin to pick up once Alexandra meant Thomas, but together this duo's chemistry was doused immediately and therefore I was not happy about the romance at all. In fact, the romance is what actually killed this story for me because it felt so pushed as if the author was desperately trying to convince the reader that the couple deserved a happy ending. I liked both of the characters well enough as individuals, but together as an actual couple, the twosome just felt odd.
Like the romance, I felt like the story fell short. The writing is unique in the sense that it is highly narrative. I felt like I was reading a script, or watching actors in a play because of each scene reading in such descriptive way and I am not a fan of such writing styles.
Since the cons outweigh the pros in this book I would not recommend the story. At this moment I have no plans to continue the series but I feel like the author shows potential and one negative book does not defy an author's career. So I will be on the lookout for a future series by the author in hopes that perhaps the next time I can write a more positive review.
When a runaway heiress runs into trouble, she may end up exactly where she belongs…
Brainy and college-educated, American heiress Alexandra Atherton will do anything to avoid marriage to the English peer her mother has chosen for her--even abandon the life of privilege she's always known. But as her escape goes horribly wrong, Alexandra must invent a new identity to gain the help of a handsome stranger.
Thomas Carlyle, the Earl of Longford, sweeps in and out of London disguised as a humble artist, earning just enough to keep his ancestral Cornwall estate afloat. When Alexandra crashes into his life, she awakens feelings and desires that he vows will stay buried. Despite himself, he needs this beautiful newcomer, for his sisters have run off another governess.
Alexandra is surprised to find she thrives in her new position at Longford's home. But as she grows closer to Thomas and his sisters, and her relationship with the emotionally guarded earl unleashes their hidden passions, the truth Alexandra's been forced to hide may end up coming between her and the only man she's ever loved.