Review: Love in Three Quarter Time by Rachel McMillan

"For a brief moment, looking up at him, she had the strangest feeling that her life would start and end here. Vienna."

Title:  Love in Three Quarter Time
Collection: Vienese Valentine: Three Quarter Time Novella
Author: Rachel McMillan
Publisher: Rachel McMillan
Release Date:  February 14, 2018
Genre: Contemporay Romance Fiction
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A romantic waltz through a city filled with music, passion and coffee. 

Evelyn Watt fell in love with Austrian marketing director Rudy Moser the moment he stepped into their Boston firm. With his ice blue eyes and chocolate-melting accent, he is as refined as she imagines his home country to be. When Evelyn finds herself unexpectedly unemployed right before Christmas, she is left with an unknown future until Rudy steps in with a job appraising, assessing and cataloging heirlooms, lending her American vernacular to the translated descriptions to give each item international appeal. Evelyn will live in Vienna for the months leading up to a grand auction at a party held in conjunction with the Opera Ball—on Valentine’s Day. 

Vienna is a magical blend of waltzing, antiques, and bottomless cups of Einspanner coffee at the Café Mozart. When a secret from Rudy's family's past blows in with the winter chill, Evelyn is forced to confront how well she knows the object of her affection. Her café tablemate, the gruff and enigmatic Klaus Bauner might be the only person who holds the key to Rudy’s past. But could that key also unlock her future? In the days leading up to the Opera Ball, Evelyn finds herself in the middle of the greatest romance of her life…as long as she doesn’t trip over her two left feet.


Rachel McMillan is one of those enigmatic authors that I'm always intrigued by. Her Herringford & Watts Mysteries have been on my favorite lists since reading them. I wasn't sure what to expect on her first contemporary romance (not an inspirational category), but I knew it'll be fun. And I was right. Love In Three Quarter Time is a sweet novella that is perfect for a cozy night home with a hot cup of something and snuggling under a soft throw.

"'Being in love with a person and being in love with the idea of a person…' he spread his hands on his knees. 'It’s sometimes hard to tell.'"

Once you start this novella, you won't want to take a break, so you honestly need all your comforts right there with you. Love In Three Quarter is beautiful, lyrical, and pretty insightful if you ask me. It's very much about finding out who you are as it is about love. Romantic in its prose and plot, it's a love letter to Vienna, it's culture, it's food and it's people. And may I tell you I have a slight crush on Klaus, his gruffness, but also his gentleness. In the end, Love in Three Quarter brings you a trip to a beautiful city, a romance that comes to life from the moment they meet, and a story that is short, but sweet.

"For as much as Vienna can be tasted in coffee and cream, so it can best be experienced with the favored left turn, the whirl of rotation, the pulse of a Strauss tune in three quarter time…"

Disclaimer: I received a digital ARC copy of this book from the author/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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Rachel McMillan is a keen history enthusiast and a lifelong bibliophile. When not writing or reading, she can most often be found drinking tea and watching British miniseries. Rachel lives in bustling Toronto, where she works in educational publishing and pursues her passion for art, literature, music, and theater.

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