4 out of 5 Robots!
Barely a Lady
Author: Eileen Dreyer
Release Date: July 1, 2010
Genre: Historical Romance
Paperback: 432 pagesProvided by: Hachette BG
Wow. I was really impressed with Barely a Lady- I have to admit, when I see a cover like this, I don't normally think it will be one that I'm going to love. But I got into it- Lots of suspense! When will I ever learn to stop judging a book by its cover?! This book had me on an emotional roller coaster ride right up until the last page. Dreyer throws you into her inventive, dramatic love story of betrayal and fast plotting immediately... there is non-stop action.
Olivia's heart is ripped from her when she is both betrayed and abandoned by her husband. She's tough, but her strength is tested when she is forced into the world on her own... with an unexpected pregnancy. Five years after surviving alone with her child, she runs into her ex-husband. But something has changed. He thinks they're still in love? He can't seem to remember their cruel past. Hmmm... What's Olivia to do- Will she turn her back on him? Or does she take the opportunity to return to the life she wished she had never lost?
Although this plot has been done before, I can't complain because Dreyer's writing was gripping and the characters were vividly playing their roles in my head. The stories main focus was not on the intimate moments between Jack and Olivia, thankfully- which is why I kept wanting to turn the pages. There was an immense amount of plot twists and suspense, I couldn't stop thinking about the truth behind Jack's situation. This couple has a lot of growing up to do, but with all their obstacles they try to find a way to forgive and stick together through thick and thin. Loved it... can't figure out how Olivia still loves Jack! But I'm a little more stubborn than she ;)
Jack and Olivia aren't the only engrossing characters. The supporting characters are just as entertaining and delightful. They all have their own quirks and stories of pain.
Overall, the storytelling was well written and researched- I would suggest this one to any Historical Romance junkie! Definitely planning on reading the next in the series, can't wait to read it!