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"[A] quintessential romance." -Booklist on Prelude to a Scandal
Posted July 31, 2012
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Free to live the life of a rich widow in New York away from the gossips of London Lady Bernadette Marie Burton has no desire to allow another man to control her destiny. Matthew Milton knew the prestige and freedom money gave his life and now is living with the pain that losing it brings.
When these two forces meet in New York, there are actions beyond pleasure to partake in, a battle over maintaining one’s pride, and a tussle of wills to overcome. Matthew is scraping along the underbelly of New York trying to ensure everyone has a meal and a place to sleep while Bernadette fulfills her desires and lives out her dreams going from one adventure to the next. They both bring a calming peace to each other’s life and trying to overcome the obstacles standing in their way is very difficult. Overriding every other thought is the feeling that this is the moment to seize. Every expectation you have from life is right in front of you, so decide how to make the most of it together. Enemies abound for both of them, and trying to figure out which one of them is bringing trouble to their door is difficult to discern.
Delilah Marvelle writes with such exquisite beauty that the mere words on the page bring a blush to your check and a tear to your eye. With each book, Ms. Marvelle delivers on the diversity of life and the romance you can find if you keep looking.
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Posted August 10, 2012
I had a hard time getting into this novel. The characters weren't really "speaking" to me at first, and I couldn't recall enough of the details from book one (Forever and a Day) to make it all make sense--I read it back at the end of December. Maybe I read too much (is that even possible?) but I couldn't for the life of me remember enough about Georgia and Matthew and Roderick from book one, so about a quarter of the way through, I went back and skimmed book one and re-read the prequel (Forever Mine, although I was more than halfway through the novella before I realized that I HAD read it before) and that helped me feel like I had more of a grasp on the characters and their motivations. After that, the reading got much better. I liked Matthew at the beginning of the novel, he lost me a bit before he decided to reform, and I LOVED him at the end (though I was bothered a bit by their big moment when he "made" her his virgin...that he went from back to front like that, it's just so unhygienic....) I absolutely loved Ronan, Matthew's adopted son, and totally can't wait to read book three and get to hear Coleman's story (though I should probably make myself a cheat sheet for all the characters and plot lines in these three books now, while I still remember!) There were times--many of them--when I just wasn't crazy about Bernadette. I understand her issues with London society, but it seemed like there were many instances when she appeared to go out of her way to make things more difficult for herself and for Matthew. Frustrating. Still, she made up for much of it at the end. It's an interesting series, and I am anxious to get my hands on book three.
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Posted November 27, 2014
What I liked in this book was the way Milton roused above his circumstances and that no matter what happened in his life he put everyone above his own needs. Not many people see this way. Even knowing he came from a place of money he didn't let that go to his head and he helped everyone he could as much as he was capable of.
Something that got to me and I have this problem a lot was that even as it was a historical book I didn't felt like I was transported to that time in which the book was wrote. But in general it was a good story of survival, morals and above all triumph over the circumstances in which life can be cruel and make you forget yourself.
Posted November 29, 2012
FOREVER A LADY by Delilah Marvelle is a Regency historical romance.Book 2 in the "Rumor" series, but can be read as a stand alone. See," Forever and a Day". While, this title starts out a little slow to me, never fear it does pick up nicely. It has rumors,passion,a bit of danger,secrets,touches on the crudites of Sing-Sing prison during the 1800's,social class, Irish Catholics, rumors,a bit of suspense,Irish-American gangs,romance,and love. Follow, Bernadette Marie Burton,a respectable widow and Matthew Joseph Milton,an Irish-American gang leader,on a journey filled with adventure and passion. Can rumors and Society gossip stop Bernadette and Joseph from finding true love, you will have to read "Forever A Lady" to find out. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley. Visit the author's website,HQN or My Book Addiction and More for more details.
HEAT RATING: MILD
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews
Posted November 5, 2012
Posted August 28, 2012
Matthew Milton is a man who was wronged by an employee of his father's who stole their business and livelihood and landed Matthew and his father in the bowels of life in the inner city we were introduced to in Forever and a Day, the first book in the Rumor series. He starts off as the gentleman he was raised to be, but quickly realizes he can not stay that way in order to survive in Five Points. Lady Bernadette Burton is the wealthiest widow of her time. She cast off propriety when her elderly husband passed away and decided to follow her desires to America. She does as she likes and cares for few. When their paths cross in London, Lady Bernadette is being attacked by a spurned former suitor and Matthew comes to her rescue. There is instant attraction, but she is not looking for commitment while Matthew is looking for just that: "The One." As more obstacles rise and time is spent in each other's company, they start to come to want what they did not think they could have.
Delilah Marvelle has a remarkable skill of taking a two unlikely soul mates and bringing them together while maintaining the historical integrity of the period she writes about, while keeping the reader entertained. I was surprised by how much I felt for Matthew and Lady Bernadette. Matthew's history was particularly touching because it showed what had shaped him into being the gentlemanly head of The Forty Thieves. He was willing to steal to keep women and children fed, but he was not willing to steal to make a profit for his own gain. Matthew was willing to take on a virtually parent less child and love and raise him as his own. It's really hard to like someone who isn't honest, but it's even harder not to like someone who does it for the greater good of others. Lady Bernadette was also a surprise. Having being constrained in a marriage not of her choosing and unhappy in it, she was not willing to compromise on it now that she was a widow. I admired her joie de vivre and her willingness to help Matthew and those he cared for.
Ms. Marvelle has also once again covered many topics that you would not expect to find in a historical novel. This is no piece of historical fluff, but a meaty book with social issues relevant not only to the time, but also to today with a tender, romantic story. I applaud Ms. Marvelle's depth of research and her topic matter. Her vivid writing allowed me to picture myself cantering alongside Lady Bernadette in the park or seeing the appalling state of Five Points through Matthew's eyes. I am so glad that I stumbled across the novella Forever Mine, that preceded Forever and a Day. It introduced me to a lovely series and a brand new author. I look forward to the next book in the series, which is the about the missing Lord Abbott and his journey to reclaim that which was lost to him. December 18, 2012 can not come fast enough for me!
Posted August 12, 2012
Loved this book. Absolutely amazing to read about New York in this time period. Loved the story, and loved each character. I enjoy all her books and truly would recommend any of them especially this one!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 4, 2012
I received a copy of Forever a Lady through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion, and I genuinely LOVED this novel!!! Now, anyone who knows me knows how much I absolutely love historical romance novels; this is definitely on my list of favorite books now. In the prologue, we are introduced to Matthew Milton, the main character, who is rescuing Ronan from a man, who has dealings with his mother; we also meet Coleman, who ends up befriending Matthew. Chapter one is years later, and Matthew is still poor, leading a group called the Forty Thieves, and is blind in one eye. The story is also told from Bernadette Burton's point-of-view; she is the richest widow and does as she pleases. She and Matthew meet in London while they are riding horses, he's with Coleman, and she is with Georgia; when Matthew saves her from being cropped, their lives are forever changed (in a good way). This novel had all of the right elements and didn't lack in anything…if you're not mature or don't like love scenes, I suggest not reading this novel. Even though Matthew's character was supposed to be super poor and only had sight in one eye, I found him to be very intriguing and attractive. The thing I loved most about this novel is that the author, Delilah, didn't shy away from anything. I also admire the fact that she included tidbits about "The Truth Teller and also the Five Points at the end of the novel, in the Author's Note. Although this novel is the second in a series, it can be read as a stand alone novel. If Historical Romance is your genre, I HIGHLY recommend that you purchase this novel today! I'm super anxious for Coleman's story!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 9, 2013
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