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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Book Review - Innocence (A Forbidden Love #1) by Elise de Sallier

Author: Elise de Sallier 
Series: A Forbidden Love

Number in Series: 1
Format: ARC PDF (Netgalley)
Release Date: December 17, 2013
Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Historical Romance

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 Synopsis from Goodreads
Forced to flee her father's brutal heir, Anneliese Barlow masquerades as Lisa Brown, a servant, in the grand country mansion of the Duke of Worthington. Discovering the life of gentility she had known was a virtual fairytale, reality a dark and forbidding place, she faces danger at every turn.
Captivated by the beautiful maid, Lord Marsden decides the only way to keep her safe is by offering her his protection. With all hopes of returning to her previous station lost, Lisa surrenders her virtue to the man she has come to love almost beyond reason. Finding unexpected passion in Nathaniel's arms, her senses are awakened to a world of sensuality she had not known existed . . . a world not without grave risks. 
If her identity is uncovered, Lisa's innocence won't be the only thing that's lost.

     Innocence is a story that follows a young woman named Anneliese. Anneliese is forced to leave the comfort of her family and home when tragedy strikes her father. She has no other choice, but to run and save herself or else she will be married to a man that has every intention on marrying her and using her family's fortune. Anneliese becomes Lisa and now works at a slave with a Duke that keeps his staff safe. Problem is, the Duke is not in town. Lisa is about to learn things about the world she never thought she would. One of those things comes from a man named Nathaniel who makes her feel things she knows she has never felt and isn't sure she should. Lisa must keep on the run, but it may be more difficult due to her feelings for Nathaniel.
    This was quite the enjoyable read. de Sallier has such a great style. It was very addictive. I couldn't put the book down. I love how detailed it was, she really knows her Victorian era. I also love how much we get to learn of the characters and what they had to deal with given the time they live in. Lisa was an interesting lead. She was innocent, I mean INNOCENT! Her knowledge of sex and the world in general was the equivalent of a three year old's. It was honestly scary and quite unbelievable. So it was interesting watching Lisa learn new things about the world, both the good and the bad. This was quite the journey since I wasn't sure how much I liked Lisa at first. She needed a little spine and this definitely helped her. de Sallier did such a great job demonstrating the struggles of Lisa and other young women in that era. 
    I was hooked on this book from page one. The plot was very intriguing. It does slow down a bit after the beginning, but it was mainly so we can learn about Lisa. I loved the connection between Lisa and the other servants she had to work with especially Ruth who has such a sad story. We slowly see Lisa's eyes opening about how little she knew about girls less privileged than her. I also loved the suspense and mystery of this story as well. No one can know who Lisa really is because the man that wants to marry her, Lord Copeland, is still out there. Her father told her not to trust anyone and she won't. But it is very difficult. I really loved Nathaniel. At first, I did want to punch him because of his attitude at times, but that quickly changed. I am definitely in love.  
     I am being very careful with this. There is quite the twist in this book, so I am going to tread lightly. I don't read a lot of historical romances and I am so happy I decided to grab this one. de Sallier really knows how to grab your attention. Innocence was very addictive and engaging. Even if historical romances aren't your thing, I would still tell you to read this book. You will love it.

About Elise de Sallier

Elise began her lifelong obsession with the romance and paranormal genres when she was far too young to be reading either. After many happy years of marriage, she now believes great relationships don’t just ‘magically’ happen they take work . . . which doesn’t mean writing about them can’t be a whole lot of fun.

After surviving all manner of health obstacles while raising a family and nursing her elderly grandmother –her writing name-sake, though she’d have been shocked by her granddaughter’s steamy love scenes—Elise established a career as a counsellor and family therapist. Seeking an escape from the stresses of work in romance stories, Elise discovered the world of fan fiction, and her timid writer’s muse began to make its voice heard. Two point three million hits, twelve and a half thousand reviews, and one request from a publishing company to try her hand at writing an original historical romance story later, and her life found a new and fascinating direction.

While enjoying the opportunity to create her own worlds and stories, Elise likes to see her characters grow, experience passion and adventure, and find lasting love . . . eventually.

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