Published date: June 18, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Series: Ugly Ducklings #3.5
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I was initially reluctant to read about a character who was an obvious antagonist in Manda Collins' previous books, but upon reading this novella, I had really grown to like Amelia Snow, for her change of character was not only believable, but heart-warming.
Her mother's sudden death had left Miss Amelia Snow destitute, forced to seek a position as a lady's companion to a family whom in the past she would have snubbed. Suffice it to say, Amelia had experienced an epiphany, belatedly realizing that her past behavior was beyond horrific, and that she truly needed to make amends to the "Ugly Ducklings" (heroines of the author's previous series). Armed with her new understanding of herself, and how her physical beauty had blinded her to believe in the irrelevance of inner beauty, she has resolved to be a better person, and to put the past behind her. However, when fate intervenes at a house party and she meets again Lord Quentin Fortescue, someone whose love she has spurned in the past due to youthful foolishness. Quentin, despite still desiring Amelia, cannot forget how she rejected his marriage proposal. Can they battle their past conflicts and arrive at a happy-ever-after? Or will each leave broken-hearted?
The answer is, of course, the first, though in the course of this novella Amelia and Quentin falls in love all over again. I find Amelia's confession of her past character to Quentin admirable, as is her willingness to admit her mistakes and seek forgiveness. Quentin, albeit understanding of Amelia's current plight, is reluctant to bare his heart again, in fear that it will be crushed anew. But even with knowledge of Amelia's previous disgraceful behaviors, he finds in the current Amelia the same qualities he fell in love with as a youth. Truly, it is a remarkable journey for the two to end up together again, and to the author's credit this is a very well-written novella of old love and forgiveness.
*ARC received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 4.5 tulips