Isabelle Rackham knows she will not marry for love. Though arranged marriages have fallen out of fashion, hers has been settled for some time. Alexander Osgood is handsome, well-known, and wealthy, but he is distant and aloof, spending much of his time at his textile mill.
Moreover, Northern England is nothing like Isabelle’s home in the Lake Country, and her marriage is far from the fairy tale she expected. Conversations with Alexander are awkward, when they happen at all, and Isabelle struggles with loneliness.
Sensing his wife’s unhappiness, Alexander brings Isabelle to his country estate. During their time together, the couple begins to build a friendship, opening up to each other about the details of their lives. But when a tragic accident leaves Alexander unable to walk, their fledgling relationship is tested.
Isabelle is determined to see to her husband’s recovery, and in caring for him, she discovers within herself an untapped well of strength and courage. In learning to rely on each other, the couple has an opportunity to forge a love connection that they both have longed for but never dreamed could be.
***Thanks to NetGalley and Shadow Mountain for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided.
enjoyable/easy to read:
A light, easy read full of the expected tropes in modern Regency, I nonetheless enjoyed this story very much.
The characters were a little one-dimensional and the narrative probably would’ve benefited from another character’s POV, particularly Alexander’s. Sure, it was predictable and a little cheesy, but I think that’s to be expected in this genre.
I flew through Isabelle and Alexander in record time. While that may not speak to complexity or depth, it certainly speaks to enjoyability.