Disclaimer: I received this eARC from Macmillan-Tor/Forge courtesy of Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
They are the Beautiful Ones, Loisail’s most notable socialites, and this spring is Nina’s chance to join their ranks, courtesy of her well-connected cousin and his calculating wife. But the Grand Season has just begun, and already Nina’s debut has gone disastrously awry. She has always struggled to control her telekinesis—neighbors call her the Witch of Oldhouse—and the haphazard manifestations of her powers make her the subject of malicious gossip.
When entertainer Hector Auvray arrives to town, Nina is dazzled. A telekinetic like her, he has traveled the world performing his talents for admiring audiences. He sees Nina not as a witch, but ripe with potential to master her power under his tutelage. With Hector’s help, Nina’s talent blossoms, as does her love for him.
But great romances are for fairytales, and Hector is hiding a truth from Nina — and himself—that threatens to end their courtship before it truly begins (Netgalley, 2021).
What first drew me to this book was the beautiful cover. It’s just so vibrant and detailed. Even though the woman on the cover is dressed plainly the bugs, jewelry and flowers make the entire picture seem more ornate. Having seen this cover I just had to know what this story is about.
I have to say that I’m incredibly glad that I chose to request this book, because Silvia Moreno Garcia is a fantastic writer. This is the first book I’ve read by her and I just love how she is able to use language to paint vivid images in the reader’s mind. Not every author is so gifted and once I began this book I just couldn’t put it down till the end.
In addition to Silvia Moreno Garcia’s incredible use of language, what kept me enthralled were the characters. The plot itself was a typical period romance with a sprinkle of the fantastical in it, but I just fell in love with the characters of Nina and Hector. Nina was so genuine and sweet that I liked her from the moment we were introduced to her. Nina was not like everyone else in society and I really enjoyed seeing her blossom throughout the course of the story as she gradually came into her own. And I felt for Hector, who had suffered due to a thwarted love affair in the past.
I also enjoyed the slow burn of the love story. While Nina fell head long into love, it was a slower process for Hector as he put up barriers around his heart due to past experience and only gradually realized that he returned Nina’s feelings. Like in every good love story the lovers had plenty of obstacles to overcome. This only added to the appeal for me, because it made me root for the two even harder as I longed for a happily ever after.
This was a 5 out of 5 book for me. If you enjoy a well written romance then definitely make sure to pick up this book. Meanwhile I’ll be adding more books by Silvia Moreno Garcia to my to be read list.
Quotes I Enjoyed:
She thought him noble looking, even if he also struck her as overly serious; a man who was not used to mirth, his handsomeness marred by a vague whiff of melancholia”Nina
It was perhaps impossible to love in the same manner again, and he thanked the heavens for this mercy”Hector
He’d thought the whole world was one unending game for Nina, chasing dragonflies and speaking her facts and attempting card tricks, but abruptly she’d grown serious and full of longing”Hector
What is your favorite romance novel? Have you read any books by Silvia Moreno Garcia before?