Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CLEAN ROMANCE REVIEW: Drops of Gold by Sarah M. Eden

Jonquil Brothers #2
by Sarah M. Eden
Covenant Communications, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-60861-569-8
Clean Regency Romance
Source: Purchased
All opinions expressed are solely my own.


When her father dies and leaves her completely destitute, Marion can think of only one thing to do--make a new life for herself. Commencing a life of duplicity, Marion transforms herself into Mary Wood--governess. In possession of a forged letter of recommendation and cloaked in the anonymity of her new identity, she enters a life of self-imposed servitude as teacher and caretaker of young Miss Caroline Jonquil of Farland Meadows. Her idyllic daydream vision of life at the Meadows is dashed when she finds a child desperately in need of hope and a cold and sorrowful home haunted by the past. With her characteristic sunny disposition, Marion casts her spell upon the household and slowly brings to life the long-forgotten joy of those within.

Layton Jonquil is a man tormented by the lies surrounding the death of his late wife, but he cannot deny his growing attraction for the beautiful governess whose goodness and optimism have touched his dormant heart. Their connection grows ever stronger, and despite the impropriety of harboring feelings for a servant, Layton's heart whispers that this is the woman he's destined to love. But when Layton's fears about the past become too much to bear and the falsehoods in which they are entangled threaten to shatter his and Marion's blossoming attachment, will true love conquer all?


SARAH M. EDEN read her first Jane Austen novel in elementary school and has been an Austen addict ever since. Fascinated by the English Regency era, Eden became a regular in that section of the reference department at her local library, where she painstakingly researched this extraordinary chapter in history. Eden is an award-winning author of short stories and was a Whitney Award finalist for her novels Seeking Persephone and Courting Miss Lancaster. Visit her at www.sarahmeden.com.


Sarah Eden is one of my all time favorite authors.  Not only does she write clean romance, but she writes it very well.  Her characters are flawed human beings with plenty of challenges making them easy to relate to, but they also have the values and character traits to keep going even when life is really hard.  I think one of the things that I especially enjoyed about this one, (besides reading about the Jonquil brothers again) was the way the characters dealt with some painful secrets.  Secrets can be so destructive and they definitely play a major role in the story; secrets between family members, secrets between employer and employee.  These secrets cause major problems in the relationships between the different characters.  And yet despite the painful secrets, it's also sweet to see the difference that one person can make in the lives of others, in this case, Marion arrives at Layton Jonquil's home and quickly realizes that it's not a happy place.  But with her own natural optimism and tender stories she finds a way beyond her own painful memories to help Layton and his daughter find healing and peace.  A beautiful love story, but not just romantic love, also parental love, brotherly love, and the way that love helps bring healing.

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