Today’s book review features
Crossed Line by Jennifer Delamere.
Emma Sutton knows she should be satisfied with her position at London’s Central Telegraph Office. But ever since she was orphaned young, she’s longed for a family of her own. Things look up when a handsome engineer is thrown into her orbit and he sends Emma the love note of her dreams.
Mitchell Harris’s sharp wit and facility with a pen have enabled him to thrive despite serious obstacles. That the woman of his dreams works just one floor above his should make life perfect. But a childhood accident has left Mitchell convinced he’ll never draw a woman like Emma Sutton’s attention. When his best friend–who once saved his life–falls in love with Emma, too, and asks for help writing her love letters, Mitchell is torn between desire and loyalty.
Believing the writer of the letters is the answer to her prayers, but confused over her growing attraction to Mitchell, Emma’s heart must decide where to call home.
Crossed Lines by Jennifer Delamere is the second book in her Love Along the Wires series. Emma Sutton would prefer to be a wife than a telegraph operator, but finding a husband is trickier than she expected. Enter Mitchell Harris and his best friend in a Cyrano de Bergerac style love triangle.
You know the saying about watching a train wreck and not being able to look away? Reading about Emma and Mitchell and knowing a disaster would happen at the climax of the book—because how could it not?!—yet being unable to put the book down because of that very thing … yeah, it was fantastic!
All three characters are loveable, if misguided, people who seek the best for each other. Somehow, it all gets mixed up, causing all sorts of trouble. But at the center of the tangle is something much deeper: the threat of destroying deep friendships and the hope of life-long love.
Love-triangles aren’t usually my favorite trope, but this had such a clear set up (we know who the leading man is) that it felt less like a traditional love-triangle and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Plus, it has Shakespeare all over it, which is just fun.
If you love Cyrano de Bergerac, then definitely give Crossed Lines a read. Now I can’t wait for Book Three!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC guidelines.
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