Yours, Dorothy by E.B. Wheeler (Review & #Giveaway)

I loved the last book by this author, Born to Treason, that I read last year. When I saw she
was releasing another book set in England during the British Civil War, well, I knew it was
bound to also be a good read. You can see my full review and enter to win a copy below...

Yours, Dorothy
By E.B. Wheeler
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 370 Pages
May 1st 2018 by Rowan Ridge Press


Based on a true love story from the British Civil War.

Dorothy Osborne's family has sacrificed everything for King Charles of England, living in exile in France after the king's defeat by Parliament. Dorothy knows it is her duty to marry well and help her family, which means finding a wealthy suitor: Royalist, or maybe French, but never a Parliamentarian, and not someone of her own choosing.

William Temple struggles to commit to his father's Parliamentarian cause, making his family wonder if he'll ever commit to anything. William wonders too, until he meets Dorothy Osborne. The connection between them is instant, but their families will go to any length to keep them apart. Can their love survive separation and the upheavals of the British Civil War?

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My Review

YOURS, DOROTHY is a heartbreaking historical fiction about two individuals who fall in love, but face political and family opposition to ever finding a happily ever after together. Highly recommended to historical fiction and romance readers who enjoy stories based on historical facts.

This time in history, during the British Civil War, is not a setting that I've come across too often. It added a whole different set of circumstances that these characters had to wade through. There was so much political unrest and the country was torn apart by the war. Then there were other countries impacted, France who took in many refugees, Ireland who England occupied, as well as other countries. There was a strong contrast of socially acceptable behaviors, English refinement, spies, and the cruelty and harshness of war and towards those who opposed the changes. In the midst of all this, you have two characters who meet by happenstance and from there, a love story begins.

I liked Dorothy and William from the beginning. Dorothy had a lot on her shoulders and has been dealt a fairly hard life. William has it easier than she does, but can't seem to find his conviction towards one cause or another. I did wish he would have figured things out better or found a way to make a difference earlier, but I also understood the situation and what he was facing. Dorothy's family... they were equally wonderful and horrid. I wished that Dorothy would have stood up to her brother more, but things were different in her time and she dealt with fairly serious depression. I loved the letters back and forth between Dorothy and William and how they continued to restore their faith in each other and their love.

The story moved steadily. The pace wasn't particularly fast, so it read fairly slow. There were a few parts that had some more intensity, especially towards the end. It was definitely more historical in nature. I really enjoyed reading the notes at the end showing which parts were factual.

In the end, was it what I wished for? If you enjoy stories based on historical events and people, with a steady pace, a strong historical setting, political upheaval, and a sweet romance, then this is definitely a story for you. Well written, with likable characters, and an interesting setting make for an enjoyable story!

Content: Some violence and innuendo, but clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the author, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

Other Books by the Author

The Haunting of Springett HallNo Peace with the DawnBorn to Treason

About the Author

E.B. Wheeler grew up in Georgia and California. She earned her BA in history from BYU and has graduate degrees in history and landscape architecture from Utah State University. With Welsh ancestors on one side of her family and crypto-Catholics on the other, she’s been fascinated by the story of Welsh Catholics since writing about them in her master’s thesis. She’s the award-winning author of “The Haunting of Springett Hall” and lives in northern Utah with her family.


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