Enlightenment dawned, sharp and painful in its glaring exactitude. He knew. From the moment she had uttered her true name, he had known that she was not free. So why was he here? Why did he still look at her in that way? Why could she see the adoration in his eyes and the torment in his features? Had he come to say goodbye? To leave her to this fate?
How can an innocent stroll through Hyde Park change the course of so many lives?
Confused and chastened following her cruel rejection of Mr Darcy’s proposal, Elizabeth Bennet returns to her aunt’s home in Gracechurch Street. Unable to find solace while pondering her terrible misjudgment of his character, she is overwhelmed with guilt for how she treated the puzzling gentleman from Derbyshire.
Fitzwilliam Darcy has retreated to his London home after being spurned by the lady he loves, and after serious reflection has come to the realisation that he never deserved Elizabeth’s good opinion.
A chance encounter brings the opportunity to seek forgiveness, and possibly, a new start to their budding romance. But the introduction of a stranger into Elizabeth’s life threatens to reveal old family secrets that have the potential to truly unravel her world and all that she holds dear.
“So Mr Darcy, shall we enter the realm of debate today?”
Do you know those books that make you completely unaware of the passage of time? Forgotton Bethrothal is one of those books. I was reading it last evening and was at about the midway point. It had been a little slow going up until then (merely becuase the plot was being set up). I thought I would simple read for a few more minutes and then go to bed. Next things I knew, it was after midnight and I was almost finished with the book.
I wrapped it up this morning and am pleased to say, this is an excellent debute from L.M. Romano. There was a bold surprise in the plot with two minor characters that grabbed my attention -but no spoliers here. I will be looking forward to more stories from this author. I think readers who enjoy the little nuances of historical propriety will really enjoy this book!
L. M. Romano is, as Miss Bingley would say, ‘a great reader,’ though she still owns to taking delight in many things. As an inveterate bookworm and a longtime lover of historical fiction, she is delighted to present her début novel, Forgotten Betrothal, as a tribute to her love for the works and characters created by Jane Austen. As a history professor, she eagerly embraced the opportunity to delve into Regency England and the many facets of London’s high society, which provided endless evenings of entertainment for both herself and any unfortunate family members who happened to be nearby.
A Northern California native, L. M. Romano currently lives with her husband in Ontario, California. She plans to continue writing, teaching, and reading countless books to her heart’s content.
Thank you to Quills & Quartos for sending me a copy of Forgotton Betrothal. All opinions expressed are my own.