Author: Monica Burns
Release Date: 16 December 2014
Her future lies in the past
When a bomb explosion thrusts Victoria Ashton backward in time to 1897, she’s forced to
impersonate the Countess of Guildford. Despite Victoria’s attempts to convince the earl she’s not his wife, her counterpart’s infidelity, lies, and ill-tempered personality makes the task almost impossible. Worse, Victoria finds herself falling in love with a man who loathes her. Only when the earl learns to trust her does she realize her future lies in the past. But love always comes at a price, and she must make a painful sacrifice in order for them to be together.
Her love is what will save him
Nicholas Thornhill, Earl of Guildford has been searching for his missing wife for three weeks. Rumors of him being guilty of murder make him unwilling to believe his wife’s latest in a multitude of lies. But the changes in Victoria continuously surprise him. Despite his best intentions, he finds the contempt he once felt for his wife turning into something deeper and stronger. But when danger threatens to separate them forever, he must forge a bond with her that crosses the boundaries of time.
A passion to last forever
I loved Forever Mine. It really ticked every box for me, and it's been so long since I've read such a well-written and thought out time travel romance. I love time travel romances (mostly because I like to imagine it happening to me) and this was a wonderful example of time travel done right.
Victoria Ashton is browsing an art gallery when a bomb explosion sends her back through time to 1897, where everyone thinks she's the Countess of Guildford who has been missing for three weeks. Victoria has a particularly tough time adapting since the real Countess of Guildford was basically a complete cow, her insensitivity and heartlessness means that her husband pretty much hates her. Victoria is the polar opposite of her doppelganger. She's kind, compassionate, and just a sweetheart, but she's also fiercely loyal and with a rather large stubborn streak. She's kind of the perfect heroine, someone you'd love to be friends with and can root for through the story.
Nicholas Thornhill, Earl of Guildford, is relieved when his wife finally shows up, at least now the rumours that he murdered his wife will be silenced. Nicholas has quite the dilemma when his wife wakes up and claims that she's not his wife and that she doesn't belong there. Add in the fact that she appears to have had a complete personality transplant, and you could forgive Nicholas for being more than a bit unsure and confused about Victoria. Nicholas has been humiliated countless times by his wife, leaving him angry and bitter. He's understandably slow to trust this new Victoria, but once he starts to he is just so sweet with her. He's also stubborn and can be rather autocratic, but he really does have a heart of gold.
I absolutely adored Nicholas and Victoria together. They overcome the unlikeliest of circumstances to forge a passionate and intense bond that even time can't break. I loved seeing Nicholas slowly be won over by Victoria. He's reluctant to believe her, thinking it's some kind of new scheme of Vickie's (his wife), but soon enough he's convinced that Victoria is a new person.
I was utterly absorbed by both Nicholas and Victoria's romance, and the underlying mystery of just what happened to Vickie. Throughout the book, I was constantly wondering how the time aspect of the story would work. I was desperate to know whether Victoria would stay in the past and build a life with Nicholas or if she could be pulled back to the future at any moment. The book also switches between the present and the past, leaving you completely in the dark as to the turn the story could take.
I will unashamedly admit that the end of this book made me sob quite a bit....urgh, I feel teary even now. I loved the ending and thought it fitted the story perfectly, but it was heart-wrenching. After recovering from the ending, I then realised I hadn't read the epilogue....which set off the waterworks again. I sound a bit pathetic, but that's just how much you can connect with the characters in the story.
I would absolutely recommend this to everyone. Even if you're a bit on the fence about time travel romances this is definitely one you can't miss.
*I received a review copy for my honest opinion. Thank you!
About the Author
A bestselling author of spicy historical and paranormal romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. Her historical book awards include the 2011 RT BookReviews Reviewers Choice Award and the 2012 Gayle Wilson Heart of Excellence Award for Pleasure Me. She is also the recipient of the prestigious paranormal romance award, the 2011 PRISM Best of the Best award for Assassin’s Heart. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.
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