As a young girl, Evie got her first taste of true jealousy when she discovered her beloved brother had indeed acquired a new best friend while away at Eton. She was her brother’s best friend, so to put everything to rights, Evie decided to write to this Hastings and establish that the title of best friend belonged solely to her. It wasn’t long before she received a very deliberate response to which she was compelled to reply in her own feisty fashion. And so began the unconventional courtship of Evie and Hastings.
Throughout the years that followed Evie and Hastings continued to write to each other and formed a bond and trust that transcended expectation. They became comfortable and confiding in their anonymous companionship. However, just when they were to become introduced for the first time in the flesh, life led Hastings on another path and one that required he cut all ties to his previous life including Evie. What neither of them counted on was the spirit of their relationship to continue on when eventually their paths cross. As they explore this new and yet familiar connection, Hastings must continue keeping his identity secret even while Evie tempts him to distraction. She has shown him the life he could have and the one he wants most with her, but the cost of such desires could be deadly.
From the beginning, the reader is swept away with the lively letters Evie and Hastings write to each other. Their correspondence is sarcastic, witty, and flirtatious and with each new chapter, an enlightening and relevant snippet from their letters is shared. I appreciated that there wasn’t a long dramatic setup and instead immediately focus in on the boy and girl who unknowingly spark a friendship with just ink and parchment. The high stakes drama and mounting consequences from Hastings’ actions is thoughtfully planned and written into the story. All the while, an underlying romantic tension mounts between these two challenging and independent characters.
Although the climax of the conflict was a little long winded, I was nevertheless immersed in the to be or not to be relationship status of Evie and Hastings. This historical read will appeal to romance fans looking for a bit of intrigue and suspense with a promise of charming characters and setting. A delightful start to a new series and debut author!
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