Author: Mary Balogh
What I’m Talking About:
The enemies to lovers trope is one that has to walk a fine line. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as the growth that comes from seeing the error of your ways and caring enough about someone to right whatever you did wrong, but depending on what you’ve done wrong, many novels are too short to really address the wrong in a believable way. What may have happened over months in the story is a page turn for the reader and entirely unsatisfying if not written well. I’m happy to say that I could buy into the redemption of Lucas Arden, Marquess of Roath after he just sticks his foot in his mouth in a monumental way, seemingly forever relegating Phillipa to a life of insignificance and embarrassment.
The title, Remember Me, comes from a great moment in the story when Phillipa confronts Lucas rather than cowering from him, determined to address him even if she can’t address society at large. I liked that moment. I also loved Lucas’ grandparents who have already decided they like Phillipa and won’t take no for an answer. Suddenly being thrown together is not a groaner of contrivance, but the cute interference of elderly and opinionated busybodies. This would make a great movie along the lines of 1999’s An Ideal Husband.
Two thumbs up for an excellent poolside read!
My Rating: B+ Liked It A Lot
About the Book:
Philippa, elder daughter of the Earl of Stratton, grew up eagerly anticipating a glittering debut and a brilliant marriage. Then her brother caught their father out in a clandestine affair and denounced him publicly. The whole family was disgraced, and Philippa’s hopes grew dim, then were fully shattered when she overheard the dashing, handsome Marquess of Roath viciously insult her upon learning of her father’s identity. Only years later does Philippa find the courage to go to London at last to meet the ton. She is an instant success and enjoys a close friendship with the granddaughter of a duke. Only one man can spoil everything for her, but surely he will not be in London this year.
The Duke of Wilby is nearing death and has tasked his grandson and heir, Lucas Arden, Marquess of Roath, with marrying and producing a son before it is too late. Lucas, who usually shuns London, goes there early in the Season in the hope of finding an eligible bride before his grandparents come and find one for him. He is instantly attracted to his sister’s new friend, until that young lady asks a simple question: “Remember me?” And suddenly he does remember her, as well as the reason why the daughter of the Earl of Stratton is the one woman he can never marry—even if his heart tells him she is the only woman he wants.
Unfortunately for Philippa and Lucas, the autocratic duke and his duchess have other ideas and believe them to be perfect for each other. They will simply not take no for an answer. Telling Philippa the full truth is the hardest thing Lucas has ever faced, and the discovery of it will change them both before they discover the healing power of love.
Release Date: June 20, 2023
Series: Ravenswood #2
Genre: Historical Romance
Format(s): hardcover (368 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Publisher/ NetGalley
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