Review: In Darkest Days May Blossom by Leila Snow

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In Darkest Days May Bloom by Leila Snow

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Bruised but not broken, she stood in the mud of the street, wearing nothing but a tattered shift the day Jonathan first saw her. He had watched in mesmerized fascination as the girl swiped a filthy arm across her split lip, squared her shoulders, and raised her chin in defiance of her assailants. But when, by random happenstance she turned her head and her piercing, blue eyes met his regard, Jonathan knew his entire world had tipped on end. 

Charlotte had known nothing but adversity and hardship the entirety of her life. Orphaned at a young age and condemned to fend for herself, she learned to trust no one and rely solely upon her own strength. Yet, when she’s cut down in the street for a crime she didn’t commit and Jonathan comes to her rescue, Charlotte is begrudgingly compelled to the realization that perhaps hope and love do exist in this miserable world. 

England, at the end of the 18th century, is a land exemplified by firm divisions between the social classes. What is a life of ease and prosperity for some, is an arduous existence for others. Nevertheless, ’tis true that love can bloom in the unlikeliest of places. But when a grievously injured Charlotte is falsely accused of a crime and sent to one of the most infamous prisons in the land, the tender bud of Jonathan and Charlotte’s love is threatened. Jonathan is forced to defy family in a desperate bid to save her from the hangman, whilst conspiracies and betrayal are afoot in a cruel effort to keep them apart. 

Love at first sight and being from two different classes means a long road of difficulty for Jonathan and Charlotte. Every time I thought they caught a break something else was thrown at them. It’s quite clear from the start who is going to be the problem, but I was shocked by how far he would go to keep them apart. I was holding my breath the whole time she was in London hoping he would find her before it was too late. When they finally found each other again there was still a threat that I didn’t see coming.

The added story of her friend was heartbreaking because the hateful way she acted was her way of coping. I was so glad that his brother came to his senses and in the end, he helped so much. The ending left me wanting for and I hope there is more to come.

Charlotte never gave up hope that he would find her and she never stopped fighting. I loved her from the start with how she wouldn’t go down without a fight. She also never gave up on her friend and was willing to do anything to help her.

Jonathan knew he lost his heart the moment he saw her and he didn’t care what anyone thought. He never gave up and wasn’t going to stop until he found her. I loved that he never hid his feelings.

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Review: Overruled by Fate by Leila Snow

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Overruled by Fate by Leila Snow

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋1/2

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Blurb

A tale of an enduring love, powerful enough to survive time and circumstance. Two souls destined to be halves of a whole, but fated to be kept apart. And yet a love such as this is not content to blindly accept the bonds of fate…

Nathaniel can hardly recall a time he hasn’t adored Madeline. For Madeline, he truly is her knight in shining armour. Alas, one stolen night is all they are granted before Madeline is given in marriage to the wealthy and titled, Earl of Marbourne, who is fast friends with the king. A whirlwind of intrigue and contrivance follows Madeline as she joins the court and catches the eye of the king, while cruel fate conspires to keep Madeline and Nathaniel apart despite their desperate love.

It lies not in our power to love or hate,
For will in us is overruled by fate.
When two are stripped, long ere the course begin,
We wish that one should love, the other win;
And one especially do we affect
Of two gold ingots, like in each respect:
The reason no man knows; let it suffice
What we behold is censured by our eyes.
Where both deliberate, the love is slight:
Who ever loved, that loved not at first sight?
~ Christopher Marlowe

My Review

*I received a copy from the author in exchange or my honest review

A forbidden love that overcomes so many things because fate overrules everything. I rarely get to read this time period and I’m so glad I got to read this one. It’s an emotional rollercoaster throughout this story and you will cry, be angry, and excited many times. I fell in love with their story right away and couldn’t put it down. So many things kept them apart at every turn even tragedies. I never saw the twists coming especially the one at the end.

Madeline is stubborn and that helps her keep her head high with everything that happens. I loved her right away because she didn’t just nod her head and go along without a fight. She feared nothing and didn’t hesitate to work to take down the person causing so much of the pain.

Nathaniel will break your heart in many ways. He is a knight ruled by his emotions at times. I loved him more and more throughout the story because he truly tried to let go and be happy without her. He would do anything to protect her even though his heart was broken. I was so happy that he was the one to follow the king’s orders.

This book has some very accurate information and has my favorite vows in it. The cover matches a scene in the book and I love that.

Review: Proof of Virtue by Leila Snow

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Proof of Virtue by Leila Snow

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋1/2

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Blurb

“In struggling with misfortune, Lies the true proof of virtue.” -Shakespeare

It is the year 1848, and a cholera outbreak has just ravaged Manchester, leaving Emma Belden an orphan, with two young siblings to care for. Left with few options, she is forced to enter the workhouse and suffer the habitual injustices commonplace to that sad institution. Her beauty and naivety a target for the unscrupulous master of the workhouse and Edward Wells, the owner of the local textile mill, Emma will be compelled to make the difficult decision between the safety of her brother and sister, and her own virtue.

Gideon, Lord de Monthaut, is instantly smitten the moment he sees Emma, despite the fact that she is on the arm of one of the most notorious blackguards in Manchester society.

Will Emma find it possible to rise above her circumstances and find love? And in the process learn the true Proof of Virtue?

My Review

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review

This is not your typical romance as it shows the dark side of the time, but the raw emotion is so worth it! I liked the amount of time it took for them to meet because I really got to know Emma beforehand.  It’s one of those stories that have your emotions on edge and changing throughout the book. I love how they first spotted each other and the scene at the opera. I held my breath when it came to the pond scene and almost yelled out loud. Throughout the whole book, I was hoping for a certain ending with Edward and it happened so I was thrilled. This is not a full feel-good story which makes it a nice change.

Emma is so strong and a fighter. I loved her from the start because she didn’t cower from anyone and wasn’t going to be bullied around. She did what she had to to keep her brother and sister safe and taken care of. No matter what she was going to her brother and sister and start a new life.

Gideon can make you smile no matter what. I loved how he had a way of lightening the mood and how he was with every person he was around. He took action as soon as he realized what was going on with Emma and didn’t care about what she had been forced to do. He would never let her feel shame.