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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Book Review: Romancing the Runaway (The Forsters #4) by Wendy Soliman

Romancing the Runaway (The Forsters, #4)
Romancing the Runaway by Wendy Soliman
Publication date: April 28, 2014
Publisher: Carina Press
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~~Reviewed by Debbie~~
Miranda Cantrell is climbing out a window to escape her guardian.  Mr. and Mrs. Peacock had been her guardians since she was fourteen.  But being locked in her room wasn’t really what her father thought would happen when he died and left them her guardians. It isn’t an easy climb and she lands wrong and hurts her ankle.  Still determined to leave, she hobbles to the stable to retrieve her beloved horse Bianca, with her dog Tobias trailing her.  She leaves behind her hideous guardian Mr. Peacock and his son, that she is being pressured
 to marry.  Miranda just turned 17 and only want to return to her beloved home, The Wildes in Cornwall.   Because she is in such a hurry, she didn’t see the roots and rabbit holes on the trail. Bianca trips and damages her leg so they are forced to seek shelter at a nearby barn, which happens to be on the estate of Gabriel Forster.  

All Gabriel wanted was to escape the trappings of marriage from the ton ladies.  As he was riding the estate, he notices a dog, heading
  to the barn.  As he searches out the barn he discovers Miranda, sick with fever from the cold, and worn out from caring for her horse.  As he too is a horse lover, he brings them back to his estate.  

As Miranda recovers, Gabriel learns the circumstances surrounding her running away.  But there is more to the story then she is revealing.  Little by little, the facts come.  Gabriel is filled with the strong urge to protect her and discover why Miranda’s guardian wants her marriage to his son.  To solve the
 mystery, Miranda and Gabriel travel to her beloved property, As they sail to Cornwall, Gabriel knows he is falling in love with Miranda, but he doesn’t want to, so he is struggling to just protect Miranda, act as her brother and quit kissing her!  

This starts the mysterious happenings at The Wildes.  From their arrival, things weren’t what they should of been.  Things were missing in the house, the house had not been kept up. There are caves and secluded coves at The Wildes.  Do they have anything to do with why Mr. Peacock
 want her beloved Wildes?  While working together, will they both sucume to their feeling toward each other or is Gabriel too far above her in station? 

While reading ROMANCING THE RUNAWAY I connected with the heroine Miranda.  She had gone through ladies school and had been taught how a lady should act.  However, she never could.  She spoke her mind, enjoyed studying from books, and breaking and breeding horses.  Her love for her home, her desire to return and just live her life like she wanted, showed her to be a very strong
 women.  When her and Gabriel spent time together, it was hard for them both to ignore the tension between them and the feelings that were growing stronger with each day.  Gabriel struggled with his feelings that he felt for Miranda.  My interest was kept as Wendy Soliman wrote with such feeling, describing the emotions of both Miranda and Gabriel.  

I did feel that at times the relationship dragged.  How long do two people that care for each other, that are alone most of the time, do not act upon their growing feelings.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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