James, the owner of the most popular restaurant in town, sweeps Mary off her feet. He shows her the bright side of life, and for the first time in years, she is truly happy. The happiness does not last for very long, as, due to her painful past, Mary's tendency to distrust automatically leads her to jump to conclusions when she is led to believe that James is not the type of man she has come to know. She learns the truth at last, only to discover that the chance to make amends is forever out of her reach.
A story of a broken heart learning to love and trust again, A Camellia, My Love demonstrates how sacrificing true love is not worth what would be considered a frivolous thing, should the unthinkable ever happen.
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Cliché after cliché after cliché after cliché... Did I repeat that enough times? Maybe I didn't, because I think this author got confused while reading on what NOT to do when writing a novel. Of course, the heroine is a poor little orphan who inherited loads of money from her dead parents so she doesn't want for anything, owns a nice house and animals, and people fall all over themselves to help her and get close to her. In my opinion, the heroine was nothing but a sad, depressed lump who annoyed me greatly. I lost track of how many times she was sad or cried over something. Seriously? Does ANYBODY write happy, strong heroines anymore with normal childhoods without all the tragedy and death?! I swear it's an epidemic! Oh, but I guess we have to see how "damaged" she is after her parents' death instead of, you know, being strong and moving on with her life right? Now on to the dialogue. I understand this is war-time era, but I highly doubt people spoke like that back then. I can't imagine anyone picking a flower, handing it to their boyfriend, and saying "This little beauty" along with a lengthy explanation to show their learnings. *bangs head on desk* And then we get to the main plot... *takes deep breath*. Someone TOLD the heroine that her boyfriend was cheating on her and she instantly believes them, just like that? I would think a very simple sit-down with said boyfriend would be in order, not throwing things around the room and never speaking to him again just because of what that one person said. Unrealistic, to say the least. The plot wasn't strong enough, and consisted of conflict that the two main characters could've very easily resolved if they were so in love. Simply confront him about what that person said, then talk it out. Had high hopes for this one when I first started to read it, as I LOVE war-time era romance and am always on the lookout for fresh new authors, but it just didn't deliver. Sorry to say I will not purchase anything from this author again. Disappointed.