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Feature book: Meant to Be

6 January 2021

Meant to Be by Sara Bennett

Subgenre: historical romance
Release date: 27 Sep 2019
Publisher: self-published
Format: ebook and print
Length: 295 pages
RRP: $7.18 (ebook); $24.19 (print)

There is a significant difference in their social status. He is the son of a baron. She is the daughter of a bankrupted landowner, and the granddaughter of a rich man’s mistress. But they can always be friends.

This story takes us through Harry and Sophy’s life from when they were young friends until they meet again in the ballroom. We see how both fathers deal with their friendship. One father is very calculating, the other tries to outthink that calculation and manipulation.

In their younger years, Sophy was always trying to be with Harry whenever circumstances allowed. It was those awkward moments when men like Digby, Harry’s friend, created issues for Sophy and Harry both when they are young and then when they are older. Their relationship is noted by others who try to convince them they are too different and will never be allowed to be together.

There are constant misunderstandings between Harry and Sophy, which only adds to the emotion of the story. Before the final HEA, Harry believes Sophy is married with a child, so he announces his engagement to another woman. Then wants to renege on the engagement to be with Sophy but Adam, Harry’s brother, comes to the rescue and allows Harry and Sophie to be together. Adam is the womaniser who comes through for his brother when he needs it most, and shows he is probably not as cavalier as he shows society.

There are many times in this story where the angst of the characters leaps from the page. The raw pain of their emotions is ripped from them for the reader to feel. This was certainly a different type of historical story than I’ve read before but that is what makes it an emotional read. This is probably a more coming of age story and it works with angst and emotion.

reviewed by Heather

A review copy of this book was provided by the author.

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