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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Blog Tour: Fool for Love by Merry Farmer (Review)

I am pleased to host Merry Farmer's Fool for Love on Buried Under Romance!

Title: Fool For Love
Genre: Historical Romance (Western)
Number of Pages: 288
Publisher: Merry Farmer

Eric Quinlan was born a cowboy and a rancher and intends to die a cowboy and a rancher. But when his ranch is in danger of failing, he travels to the wilds of London looking for a business deal to save it. What he finds there are stuffed shirts, odd manners, and a damsel in distress.

Amelia Elphick’s life is over. She may have been born a lady, but when she finds herself jilted by a lover who leaves her pregnant and refuses to marry her, she seems destined for a life on the streets. When her employer’s rough but handsome houseguest, Eric, offers to rescue her from ruin, she has no choice but to say yes, even if it means moving halfway around the world.

But Amelia finds herself saying yes to more than a ticket west. What starts with a harmless lie tangles Amelia and Eric in a web of desire and deceit that exposes passions and turns their worlds upside-down. Eric believes Amelia holds the key to saving his beloved ranch and giving him the family he always wanted, but can he save her from the demons of her past without losing himself in the process?

People do foolish things when they’re in love...

Amelia Elphick was a fallen woman. A marquess's daughter, she was left in an unexpected situation after her father depleting his own fortunes through drunk and gambling. Her mother had already turned her sisters into whores to provide for their lavish lifestyle, yet Amelia chose to become a governess. Her naive heart believed that her fiancé, Nicholas Hayworth, since childhood would marry her, except he was a cad who abandoned her pregnant. In a last ditch effort to prevent her ruination, Amelia disrupted a party hosted by her employer which her fiancé was in attendance, but it didn't turn out as she hoped, except that her savior had come in the form of a rugged, American stranger...Eric Quinlan.

Erin was simply an incredibly nice man. When he knows that Amelia would be cast off after the party debacle, he offered to take her with him to Montana, a land where no one knows her and she can start over. On the passage across the seas, they pretended to by wife and husband, and he began to admire and respect Amelia's spirit and intelligence, as well as come to want her. But Eric is plagued with a huge problem: his ranch has been incurring losses over the past few years, and his cousin Curtis is urging him to sell it before he goes bankrupt. Between dealing with his ranch problems, and trying to ascertain his own feelings for Amelia, might he give her the happily-ever-after she deserves? Or might he believe that Amelia was as as depraved as her own mother stated?

In a romance novel, the driving point is the complexity of characterization and the ways in which characters respond and react with regards to conflicts. This is much the case here. Amelia was plagued with internal conflicts; her mother was literally a famous whore, and she lived her life trying to convince herself that she wasn't her mother, that her passionate nature was not a vice or a sign of depravity. Her downfall was the starting point of this book, and she had to somehow convince herself that she deserves Eric's love and affections, and valiantly fights for it, before she loses him forever. Amelia's inner conflicts, such as they are, are immense enough to interfere with Eric's external conflicts. It is clear to the readers that Eric's ranch has been the victim of sabotage, and who the culprit likely is, but it takes Eric a long time to figure out. As a result of that, his heart is rooted in mistrust and Amelia's on-off behavior with him confounds him. She wants him at night, yet refuses to become his wife in truth. And precisely because the two are such independent and resolute characters, they had to overcome barriers of communication before they could come together to confront a common enemy. And when that happens, their story lights up.

On the surface, this story is one of randomness (A total nice stranger offering a fallen woman a chance to start over without any strings attached?). Below the surface, it is a tale of sacrifice and salvation, of second-chances and overcoming not only the prejudices of society, but of oneself. This was an especially difficult journey for Amelia to undertake, but she emerged all the better for it. For Eric, his end reward was a good sense to hold on to what he holds dear, whether that's his beloved ranch, or Amelia, and fight for it with tooth and nail. Merry Farmer's writing has, once again, taken me on a journey from England (as brief as that stay was) to the still developing town of Cold Springs, Montana, an absolutely captivating journey that was both literal and figurative, and through the hearts of two fantastic characters. As with previous books of hers that I've read, this one charmed me immensely and I look forward to reading more from her.

*Review copy courtesy of ABG Reads; review of my honest opinion

About Merry Farmer

Merry Farmer lives in suburban Philadelphia with her two cats, Butterfly and Torpedo. She has been writing since she was ten years old and realized one day that she didn’t have to wait for the teacher to assign a creative writing project to write something. It was the best day of her life. She then went on to earn not one but two degrees in History so that she would always having something to write about. Today she walks along the cutting edge of Indie Publishing, writing Historical Romance and Women's Sci-Fi. She is also passionate about blogging, knitting, and cricket and is working towards becoming an internationally certified cricket scorer.

Find Merry Farmer on her websiteFacebookTwitter, and Amazon Author Page.

Book links:

The Loyal Heart

The Faithful Heart

The Courageous Heart

Our Little Secrets


Fool for Love


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