GENRE: Regency/Time Travel Romance
PUBLISHER: Lilliput Press
RELEASE DATE: September 8, 2019
Julian St. John needs a wife. An oath to a deceased guardian must be kept. Miss Clarissa Andrews, a vexatious beauty, has dangled after him all season but he has no intention of choosing such a she-devil.
Maine, Present Day
Author Claire Channing is desperate to write a bestseller to save her failing career. She moves into her grandmotherʼs abandoned cottage to write the book, but a local resort baron wants to raze the place. Without the deed, the clock is ticking on how long she can stay. She thinks she’s writing St. Johnʼs story. But when she discovers an old prayer shawl and finds herself in his Regency world, she falls in love with him, a man she thought she invented! Miss Andrews, however, is also real—and she’d rather see Julian dead than in another womanʼs arms! Claire must beat the clock to prevent a deadly tragedy, but can love beat the limits of time itself?
“Note to self: This cottage is magical. Find the deed!”
Forever, Lately was a delightful surprise! Time travel books can be pretty tricky to pull off well, but Burkard did just that – with an engaging balance of charm, wit, and romance. The mechanics of the time travel are smartly plotted and cleverly presented, and now I want a prayer shawl… and a cottage in Maine… just in case.
I love that Claire’s a writer & that she ends up in the world she thought she had created. (a fun twist to be had there, as well!) It allows for great tongue-in-cheek quotes such as…
Note to self: If characters are going to change from what the writer envisioned, they must do so early on in the writing.
Speaking of Claire, she’s a genuinely likable protagonist and readers will easily find themselves relating to her even if said readers are neither writers nor time travelers themselves. I loved her ‘notes to self’, though I wished they had continued all the way through; they cleverly give us insight into Claire’s emotions or thoughts without the author having to specifically tell us.
And then there’s St. John. SWOON ALERT! A redeemed rogue whose resolve toward gentlemanly behavior is sorely tested by Claire and how she utterly intrigues him. His intentionally scandalous kiss – after making sure the maid is watching to confirm his rogueish behavior for wooing-certainty purposes – may make you as weak in the knees as it does Claire. There are also times when he’s channeling Hugh Jackman in Kate & Leopold but with more humor, and he’s so endearing in those moments that he’ll have you grinning through entire conversations.
Bottom Line: Forever, Lately by Linore Rose Burkard is smart and witty, heartfelt and romantic. There are some characters you’re meant to love – and you do – and some characters you’re meant to strongly dislike – and you do. Several surprising twists keep you on the edge of your reading chair and along for the ride, and the swoonilicious romance has you hoping for the power of true love to cross time. I would love to spend more time with these characters – please say a sequel (and maybe even a prequel!) is planned!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Celebrate Lit Tours. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / Love it!
KissingBook Level: 4 / Keep those fans and fainting couches handy!
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Linore Rose Burkard wrote a trilogy of genuine regency romances for the Christian market before there were any regencies for the Christian market. Published with Harvest House, her books opened the genre for the CBA. She also writes YA Suspense/Apocalyptic fiction as L.R. Burkard. Married with five children, Linore home-schools her youngest daughter, teaches workshops for writers, and is the Vice President of the Dayton Christian Scribes. Her latest PULSE EFFEX SERIES, takes readers into a “chilling possible future for America, while affirming the power of faith in the darkest of times.”
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