My first impression was that the 1st person point of view felt strange and I was afraid it was going to distance me. But not for long. Soon I was absorbed in the heroine's character and personality, and if anything it drew me in more.
I loved the prologue, and how it creates PTQ, not that I wouldn't have turned the pages anyway as I couldn't put it down. I adored the oldfashioned advice book the heroine is reading, and the mention of Wuthering Heights etc which contribute to the atmosphere.
Despite my second impression, which was suspicion of the writer's Cornwall (which I know like the back of my hand) I really loved the gothicy darkness of the Cornish castle setting, despite a few niggles, not enough to spoil my overall enjoyment or detract from my five star plus rating.
Love the oldfashionedness of the outrageously dark hero (I adore outrageous heroes) and really enjoyed not being in the hero's head. The clues to him and how he’s feeling are all there so you really have to pay attention to what he says and does…and what he doesn't. But believe me paying close attention to Edward St Cyr is no hardship....
The snowy gothicness is redolent of old Anne Mather’s, such as Leopard in the Snow complete with wounded hero and gym, no leopards, but a gorgeous sheepdog (just to make me extra happy), and of Sara Craven’s Cornish manorhouse settings and non-Hero-pov stories. Fans of these authors will love this. But the setting, only-heroine point-of-view etc is given a fresh twist by the contemporariness of her family background, the US setting and by the author's fabulous writing voice which has so much warmth and personality and is what makes this first person romance such a success.
The ending is absolutely beautiful and made me cry.
My favourite Jennie Lucas, one for my keeper shelf and a definite re-read. I believe Jennie has written a previous book in first person with Edward St Cyr as the villain…which I'm off to find now.
Nine Months to Redeem Him by Jennie Lucas