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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Uneasy Fortunes

Uneasy Fortunes
by Mandi Ellsworth
pub. June 12,2012
240 pages


Battered by his past, Pete knows he has no business falling for anyone. But when time can’t heal a wound, love steps in to make it right. Based on a true story of the post–Civil War South, this gentle rustic romance will pull you in from the first page and leave you with a renewed hope in the power of real love.


    Let me preface this review with the statement that I am not a reader of romance novels or historical romances in general. This is mostly due to the fact that they are usually incredibly gratuitous with sex scenes and such. If it serves the story and is essential to character development and is handled well, I love it (I don't expect everyone to be prudes), but that is not always the case.
    Uneasey Fortunes is the perfect romance! There is so much sexual tension in this book and you never read about more than kissing. That, ladies and gents, is difficult to achieve. I could not stop reading this and stayed up until 3am just so I could get to the end. And then I was half-tempted to wake my husband up.
    The characters were well-rounded, but wholesome! The only thing that bothered me was the flash backs - they took me out of the story. I just wish there had been a less abrupt way to get that information.
    It is told from both June and Pete's point of views, but it's separated and clearly distinct whose viewpoint you are experiencing the story from - yay!  The writing is effortless (which takes far more effort than one might think) and the story intoxicatingly addictive.
    It is not often that I read a book that I want to run out and tell everyone to read it (either because it was pretty good, but not noteworthy; or because my taste in books is not the norm among women that I know), but EVERYONE READ THIS BOOK!!!! You will love it!

Thank-you to Mandi Ellsworth for the free copy in exchange for an honest review!

9.5/10 stars (You know how rare this rating is for me if you've read any of my other reviews!)

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