Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Review: The Portrait by Hazel Statham

Genre:  Historical Romance 

Published: August 2010

Publisher: Avalon Books

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Format I Read:  Hardcover

Pages:  185

Source:  reviewed for Pump Up Your Books

Read an excerpt
Book Summary
England 1812
Severely injured at the battle of Salamanca, Edward Thurston, the new Earl of Sinclair, returns home to his beloved Fly Hall. Determined not to present his prospective bride with the wreck he believes himself to have become, he decides to end his betrothal, unaware that Lady Jennifer, for vastly differing reasons, has reached the selfsame decision.
Throughout the campaigns, Edward was often seen relying greatly on a miniature he carried, and it is to this token he clings upon his return. Will he eventually find happiness with the girl in the portrait, or will he remain firm in his resolve not to wed? Reason dictates one course, his heart another.

My Thoughts
After being injured in war, Lord Edward is determined to spare Lady Jennifer the pain of being married to a less than whole man.  Although he is secretly in love with her, he doesn’t want her to pity him.

Jennifer is upset that Edward has never given her a chance to get to know him, but she more than agrees when he proposes that they call off their engagement and just remain friends. 

After I picked up this book, I couldn’t put it down.  I loved Jennifer and Edward.  Although I could tell that the two were already in love with each other, I enjoyed their friendship and all the shenanigans the two managed to get themselves in. 

I loved that their relationship was not rushed.  After they got to know each other, the romance blossomed. I think that’s what made me like story more because I had a forced romance.  It kills the whole story.

The Portrait is historical romance at its best.  The book was short but the story is unforgettable.  Hazel Statham did an excellent job with the plot and the characters. 

My Rating
I give The Portrait four flowers of love.  This is definitely a great romantic read.