Saturday 26 October 2013

Book Review: St Edmund Wood by Caitlin Luke Quinn

Title: St Edmund Wood
Author: Caitlin Luke Quinn
Publisher: Central Avenue
Publication Date: October 2013
Pages: 130
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Review Copy from Publisher

In a village near the Welsh marshes in 1820s England, outward appearances and behavior are important. Mary Burnley refuses to conform.

A young woman, widowed and shunned by her village.
A clergyman, new to his parish and congregation.
An unknown, unforgivable past.
St. Edmund Wood, a refuge.

In Regency England, Mary Burnley returns to her home after eighteen months of marriage; she is scorned and shunned by the village, and her mother. When Mary meets the Rev. Mr. Nathaniel Godwin, the new curate for the village church, life becomes a little less bleak. It is in the mysterious and beautiful St. Edmund Wood where a dark, unknown past is revealed, and it is in St. Edmund Wood where her new-found happiness will either be made, or broken.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

St Edmund Wood was an enjoyable novella. Mary is a likeable and engaging character and the prose is clear and concise, moving the story forward nicely. For me, it was just missing that extra spark to really captivate me. It's a story I was happy to read till the end, but not one I'd want to return back to for a second read.

That said, if Regency romance (the non-erotic kind) is something you are into, this is a pleasant quick read to while away an hour or two on a summer day.

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