MY PRE-RELEASE REVIEW of
Once Upon a Summer Night
Mists of Fate – Book Three
by Nancy Scanlon
Diversion Books /Diversion Publishing
Publication Date: April 11, 2017
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Time, worlds, and hearts collide in this mesmerizing time-travel romance, perfect for fans of Diana Gabaldon.
Colin O’Rourke’s elite matchmaking service is taking off until Winifred Emsworth, Great Britain’s most influential gossip columnist, writes a scathing article about it. She’ll retract the column…if Colin can match her shy, bookish niece with a modern British aristocrat.
But that’s not Colin’s only problem. As one of the O’Rourke time-traveling Guardians, Colin’s destined for one woman only. His thinks he’s found her when she wanders into his cousin’s garden, but she leaves before he can get her name. If he doesn’t track her down again, he’ll never know true love.
Eleanor Carberry is happy with her life as a bookshop owner, and she knows she has her dear aunt Winifred to thank for it—especially as Winnie helped smooth over a very public breakup and a very personal loss. Her aunt has never expected anything in return, so when she asks Ellie to help vet an American matchmaking company, Ellie reluctantly agrees.
When Colin and Ellie meet, Colin realizes she’s the woman from the garden. He’s bound by contract to find her an Englishman, or he’ll lose the business he’s worked so hard to grow. Despite the distance he tries to keep between them, Fate has other plans when Ellie takes an unexpected trip back in time—once upon a summer night.
When I read the description of this book I expected a traditional time travel romance. What I got was something entirely different!
The beginning of this book was a sometimes confusing and stilted read. I almost put it aside for something else, but I did agree to read it so I went on. As it progressed I found it more compelling by the chapter.
the final half of the book was very well written and kept my interest.
The characters also became more interesting and compelling as the story progressed.
I gave this book 3.75 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization. and a sensual rating of 2 of 5 flames. There is almost no physical interaction between our hero and heroine. There is, however the threat of rape when our heroine is kidnapped.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this title from the publisher to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed.
Meet The Author:
Born and raised near Boston, Massachusetts, Nancy wrote her first romance novel at age 16, when she realized that fictional boyfriends were much easier to figure out than real ones. In the time since, she managed to earn a degree in English, obtain a graduate certificate in creative writing from the University of Cambridge, and marry the man of her dreams (but she still holds tight to her fictional boyfriends).
Nancy adores all things misty, caffeinated, chocolate, and grammatically correct. Currently, she resides in Puerto Rico with her husband, two small children, and two not-so-small dogs.
When not writing, Nancy spends her time reading, reviewing and blogging about romance novels, and watching too much HGTV.
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