The countryside of England provided an idyllic backdrop for Charles Brumley’s and Leah Hastings’s childhood. Neighbors and best friends, the pair passed many happy days racing through the rolling hills of Derbyshire. Everything was perfect—until Charles ruined it all and abandoned Leah for university. Six years later, the former friends are thrust into each other’s paths once more. Leah had been looking forward to the ball, an opportunity to further her acquaintance with the handsome Mr. Wilkins—but when she sees Charles’s familiar face through the crowd, her traitorous heart leaps. Charles faces his own struggle: he has loved Leah since he was fifteen years old, yet it seems he is too late—it appears that her affections are otherwise engaged. As the pair tentatively renews their friendship, the spark between them is undeniable. After so many years apart, Leah endeavors to reconcile her feelings toward her once cherished companion. But when a conniving rival for Charles’s attention approaches Leah, the threat is clear: give up her association with Charles or a devastating secret about her family will be revealed. Faced with an impossible decision, Leah must make a choice—the ruin of her family or the ruin of her heart?
In Emilee’s opinion:
The title definitely fit the entire book as we really see an inconvenient romance between childhood friends, Charles Brumley and Leah Hastings. I loved how it started with Charles and Leah as best friends. I loved their relationship. Then Charles moved away and I was aching inside. I wanted their relationship to blossom faster than it did. It seemed to take awhile but that is how life is. We wait and try to remain patient but things work out differently than expected. I loved how each chapter went back and forth from Charles and Leah’s perspectives. However, it became frustrating when they wouldn’t talk to each other. If they just shared what was in their heart, they would have had more time together than all the nonsense. But, that is what drew me into this story. I wanted to find out what happened. I wanted to see if there would be a happily ever after with Charles and Leah. Or did Leah follow a different course with someone else? It is definitely worth the time to find out.
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