Come Be My Love by Diana Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wonderful, engaging, entertaining book with occasional passages of literary merit that aren't off-putting or alienating like other literary fiction I've read.
Both hero and heroine change admirably in the book. The heroine's childhood infatuation for the hero takes a mature turn at the midway point, and although her decisions are a bit stubborn at one point, they're understandable in light of how the men in her life have treated her in trying to force her to bow to their will. I liked her so much by that point that it wasn't off-putting to me how some of the decisions she made weren't good ones, or that she naively believed in the goodness of a man a bit like Wickham from P&P.
The hero also matures and shows his love for the heroine with his protective and sacrificial actions even before he tells her he loves her, which really makes his love seem more believable.
My only two complaints ... (spoiler hidden)
However, aside from that, a really engaging story that I absolutely loved. Once I started it, I didn't want to put it down.
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