1871 - Born to privilege and duty in Virginia, Olivia Gentry comes of age as women begin to find their social and political independence. She has been raised and educated to carry on the Gentry family’s successful horse breeding stables with her brothers at Paradise, their family home. Having been deceived in love as a young woman and unsure of her instincts, she is wary to commit to a marriage, but she cannot deny her long-buried feelings for a family friend.
Jim Somerset has been in love with Olivia Gentry from the moment she gazed up at him as a young girl. A farrier by trade like his father before him, he and his business’s future are inexorably entwined with the Gentry family. He has watched her be courted by statesmen and considers her and her goals out of the reach of a common workman like himself. But he is fearful that he will never rid Olivia from his mind and from his heart. Has the moment come for him to reveal his passions for her? Find out in the third installment of the Gentrys of Paradise.
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For This Moment is the third installment from The Gentrys of Paradise series. I thought it was pretty good and I enjoyed it. I was not sure how I thought of Olivia at first, but she quickly grew on me. I love her in the scenes with Jim. They have great chemistry together, however, they do not know that each other have their own secret. I give For This Moment four stars. I would like to catch up and read the first two of the series. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
For This Moment is a well-written historical fiction romance, about love, taking chances and overcoming the fear of rejection. It takes place in Virginia, during the 1870s. Olivia Gentry was an educated woman from a wealthy family, but she was not the usual Southern Bell. Olivia was independent, opinionated, worked with horses and loved politics. Her weakness, however, was her brother’s best friend, Jim. The man she has loved for ages. It broke Olivia’s heart to hear that he didn’t feel the same about her. Jim made it abundantly clear to Olivia that he would never marry her. Olivia was determined to move on with her life. And, if that meant traveling to a faraway city to distance herself from the man she loved, then that was what she was going to do. There was something, though, about Jim that Olivia didn’t know. Disasters, however, have a way of changing lives, healing hearts and exposing a person’s true feelings. For This Moment is an enjoyable romance, well-written and captivating. Thank you, Holly Bush, for my advanced review copy