Book Review: An Inconvenient Romance by Chalon Linton + Giveaway


Title:  An Inconvenient Romance
Author:  Chalon Linton
Publisher:  Covenant Communications, Inc.
Release Date:  February 1, 2017
Genre: Historical Fiction / Regency Romance



The countryside of England provided an idyllic backdrop for Charles Brumley's and Leah Hasting's childhood. Neighbors and best friends, the pair passed many happy days racing through the rolling hills of Derbyshire. Everything was perfect—until Charles ruined it all and abandoned Leah for university. 

Six years later, the former friends are thrust into each other's paths once more. Leah had been looking forward to the ball, an opportunity to further her acquaintance with the handsome Mr. Wilkins—but when she sees Charles's familiar face through the crowd, her traitorous heart leaps. 

Charles faces his own struggle: he has loved Leah since he was fifteen years old, yet it seems he is too late—it appears that her affections are otherwise engaged. As the pair tentatively renews their friendship, the spark between them in undeniable. 

After so many years apart, Leah endeavors to reconcile her feelings toward her once cherished companion. But when a conniving revival for Charles's attention approaches Leah, the threat is clear: give up her association with Charles or a devastating secret about her family will be revealed. Faced with an impossible decision, Leah must make a choice—the ruin of her family or the ruin of her heart?


With a sweet beginning of childhood memories, An Inconvenient Romance by Chalon Linton drew readers in, hoping to see the liveliness and courteous manners of a Regency period romance. We are not disappointed. As we read on, we are now driven to continue not by the tender fancy of childhood friendship, but the development of misundertandings, miscommunications and heartaches.  Protection of one's love ones may spur a decision that one may regret, but we can be sure the sound and oftentimes "hit in the gut" wisdom from family and friends will drive through. I enjoyed the plot very much, though it's not as lovey-dovey as I'd expected, but it brought about reflection.

The plot was a strong element for me, yet I couldn't bring myself to connect or love our main characters, Leah and Charles. There's a certain amount of disconnect and assumptions, but it could be the constant change of their point of views. I felt it was a little too much, to a point that it confused me a bit until I return to the chapter heading to see. So that was a little out of sorts for me. Yet, I think the story itself made it up for sure.  Themes of love and forgiveness presented in a seamless fashion.

"We all need forgiveness...the good Lord knew that from the beginning." (199)


Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Chalon Linton was first introduced to Jane Austen by a dear friend and now she can’t get enough of handsome men in tailcoats. Her intrigue in the genre stems from a nostalgic longing for manners, wit, and true love. Fortunately, Chalon found her dashing gentleman, married him, and now lives happily ever after in Southern California.

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