I have fallen in love with Romance again!
Kat Flannery sent me an Advanced Reading Copy of her New Historical Romance, Chasing Clovers, and asked if I would review it. Chasing Clovers is set to be released in October of this year on the truly fantastic Independent Publishing site, http://www.imajinbooks.com/.
I read a lot of Historical Romances in my early twenties. The type I read were what is now referred to as ‘Bodice Rippers’. The name was derived from the genre’s tendency toward over-the-top romantic drama and love scenes that could last for pages. Truly escapist fiction.
Chasing Clovers is NOT a ‘Bodice Ripper’!
Mail order bride, Livy Green, is desperate to escape the memories of her past.John Taylor will never love another woman again, but his children need a mother. Will they learn to trust each other, or will their pasts interfere?
Olivia Green’s only crime is to be born to a Saloon Girl. Livy’s mother raises her in the environment of drunken cowboys and bawdy women.
Having spent most of her life hiding from the debauchery and being ignored by her mother, Olivia is left desperately alone when her mother dies. Using her beautiful singing voice, she becomes Angel Green and sings in the very saloon her mother died in. When tragedy strikes and Olivia must flee she agrees to become a mail-order bride.
John Taylor is a man suffering the heartbreak of losing his wife but realizes his children need a mother. He hopes that Olivia will be that for his children but has no intention of betraying the wife that died years before by developing feelings for Olivia.
When these two strangers meet the reader is not subjected to fanciful ‘love at first sight’ passion. Kat Flannery keeps the story realistic by exploring the heartache and pain of two vulnerable people. I appreciated this greatly.
The developing relationship between Olivia and John’s children was endearing and the requisite drama required for true romance fiction to work was evident. Everything I wanted in a Historical Romance was in this story and I wished I had read more of these in my twenties.
I also appreciated how Kat included the elements of budding desire and need but did not need to add gratuitous and unrealistic sex scenes. I am not implying I object to gratuitous sex in a romance, but it gets old and in this instance it would have cheapened the real life issues the characters had to face.
Any romance aficionado will love this book and this author. I am thrilled to have met her and her work! I look forward to adding more romance to my reading selections. Well, when Kat Flannery writes more books that is!
Kat Flannery has loved writing ever since she was a girl. She is often seen jotting her ideas down in a little black book. When not writing or in school, Kat enjoys snuggling on her couch with a hot chocolate and a great book. Kat has had her writing published in numerous periodicals. Recently, she completed her first novel to be released in paperback and ebook in 2012, and is now hard at work on the next. When not focusing on her creative passions, Kat is busy with her three boys and doting husband.