Sunday, February 8, 2015

A Gentle Love Story Set in Charleston

Eliza lives in London with an upper-class boyfriend and good prospects for a career in the art world. She grew up in Charleston but has no intention of going back. Then her secure London life is shaken first by meeting Henry, an old boyfriend, and then by agreeing to return to Charleston for her step-sister Sara's d├ębutante party. Once back in Charleston, the city and surrounding countryside reawaken her love for the area, and being with Henry rekindles their relationship.

This is a lovely story of unfolding love both of an area and a man. It's not an exciting romance; it's gentle and quiet without much happening except the flowering of a love affair. The author does such an excellent job describing Charleston and the surrounding area that sometimes I wondered whether the love affair was with the area or the man.

I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions of Charleston, the stories, and the odd characters. For me it made the book. I found the love affair a little too mundane. It reads like just living your life day to day. This isn't terrible, but if you like more excitement and romance, this may not be the book for you.

I reviewed this book for the Amazon Vine Program.