Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Book Review: 'You Were Always Mine' by Cerise DeLand


Nick Reardon, the hero of the story says at one point: “I’m not a believer in lightning striking,” referring to the instantaneous connection between him and Abigail, the heroine. Making characters instantly fall in love and show that there is something real between them beyond lust is difficult. Cerise DeLand pulls it off in this story.
In the first place, although the characters are really attracted to each other, there is no sex until well into the novel. Furthermore, what brings them together is in the first place, Abigail’s brother, Terry, and in the second, American history. The appearance of a mysterious ghost leads to a story that goes back centuries. I found the idea romantic and sweet and enjoyed the little mystery that surrounded the romance.
Cerise creates a romance between two strangers that are at the same time very familiar. In my opinion she did this well with Nick. He is commanding but in a way that comes through as sweet, caring and almost desperate for love. He is a true gentleman. On the other hand, Abigail occasionally fell short. Her thoughts and feelings sometimes appeared a tad superficial compared to his, and I would have liked to know more about her.
All in all, You Were Always Mine, was a quick, sweet read. I’ll be looking forward to a possible story between Terry and Catrina.

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