Review: The Lord Next Door by Gayle Callen

Posted May 9, 2016 by Suzanne in Reviews / 3 Comments

Review: The Lord Next Door by Gayle Callen
The Lord Next Door
by Gayle Callen

3 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: November 29th 2005
Series: Sisters of Willow Pond #1
Published by Avon
Format: eBook
 

The Lord Next Door was a nice start to the series…”
~ Under the Covers

Victoria is desperate. Her family is on the brink of poverty after her father’s financial ruin and then death, she is barely holding the household together, and with a looming deadline for their eviction from her home she is running out of options. Her only option seems to be marriage, but her prospects have always been non-existent, now with no dowry or good name it seems even less likely. Until she remembers her childhood friend and next door neighbour who she had a secret correspondence with. Although he is only a cook’s son, being a servant’s wife is better than being homeless. However, Tom isn’t quite who he said he was and instead he was David, Viscount Thurlow.

This is actually the second time I have read this book, I originally got it years ago and happened to find my copy of it on my kindle and decided to give it a reread. It was as I remembered, a pleasant read, with a plain Jane kind of heroine (something I love) and her romance with her much-changed and kind of angsty neighbour. It isn’t a book that sticks out in the genre, which is probably why I had forgotten I had even read it, but it is a nice book to sit back and relax with.

The marriage between Victoria and David starts out pretty cold, but I love the way that their relationship gradually warms up as they get to know one another again and David begins to see Victoria as more than a convenient person to run his house. Victoria also shows a little personal growth as well, after taking on the responsibility for her family after her father’s death she has gained more confidence, which gradually increases as she settles into being David’s wife.

I haven’t read the other books in this series yet, which go into Victoria’s sisters lives, but I do plan to, The Lord Next Door was a nice start to the series and something I would recommend if you like plain Jane books or want something to relax with.
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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Thanks for the review.

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I’ll have to try this…thanks

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Thanks Suzanne for the review