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Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Hero: Andrew Somerset
Heroine: Laura Hampton
Date of Publication: April 2013
Started On: July 9, 2013
Finished On: July 9, 2013
Andrew Somerset is an intriguing mix of the past and the present. Revealing who he is would be ruining the story for interested readers.
Laura Hampton is the grieving widow who needs to get away from everything that reminds her of her beloved husband for a much needed timeout from all the grief that is weighing her down after his death.
When Laura’s husband dies a tragic death and she needs to get away, Laura’s well meaning friends offer her the use of their vacation cabin in Asheville. There she finds herself stumbling across an unkempt cemetery which somehow calls out to her to restore it to its original beauty. And when Andrew Somerset crosses her path and intrigues her on more than one level, what follows is a journey that tests the limits of Laura’s endurance and the love that unfurls deep inside of her for a man who is as appealing as he is mysterious.
The Restoration has a contemporary setting and is told from Laura’s point of view in first person. Story has a paranormal edge to it.
One of the things that struck me the most about The Restoration was the compelling writing style that urged me to keep reading this little number in one sitting. There were confusing bits where Laura’s wayward and uncontrollable emotions made everything that was happening surreal but then again it also touched on a subject that few people would like to talk about. The appropriate length of mourning and why society should dictate & judge upon it is a question that sprang to my mind as the story progressed.
The love that exists and comes to life between Laura and Andrew is one that just happens; there is no reason or rhyme to it. And the struggles they go through are real, just like any other couple who passionately love each other with the added burden of the secrets that Andrew holds close to his chest. Though sometimes Laura tended to confuse me with her at times ‘childish’ tantrums, The Restoration proved to be a good read that kept me reading, just to discover what would be the end result of a love that seemed doomed right from the beginning.
Recommended for fans of unusual romances and romances with a bittersweet edge to them.
Final Verdict: With a bittersweet edge to it, The Restoration is definitely a page-turner.