Never Let Go
Author: Selena Fulton
Publisher: Wild Rose Press/American Rose
Date of Publication: June 20, 2012
Kendra Prescott, a high-powered Atlanta real estate broker, is sent to England to coax the owner to sell a beautiful cottage. Family portraits line the stairway, and Kendra finds one man, Benjamin Sheffield, fascinating. Too bad he lived almost two centuries ago.
In 1863, Benjamin Sheffield escaped England because of a trumped-up murder charge. He came to America to disappear in the vast Western frontier but was delayed by a little thing called the War Between The States.
When Kendra trips on a rock and loses consciousness, she wakes in the middle of Civil War-torn Georgia. She doesn’t know what happened to the cottage, but when she sees Ben, she realizes he is the key, her only chance of returning to her own time. Trouble is, now that she’s met him, she isn’t sure she wants to.
The cover on this book is lovely. The eyes, both the big center ones and the woman’s, are incredible. But that’s not why you come (oh ye few yet hopefully faithful and someday growing #s). You come for the review, so I’ll jump into that. I just had to love a little on the cover.
This is the first book I’ve read from the Wild Rose Press, and from what I’ve been able to find, the only novella out by Ms. Fulton. Which is a pity, because I like her writing a lot. The story is short, but you don’t feel the lack. Kendra is a fully developed character, a woman who finds herself in the rather remarkable position of vaulting back in time to the Civil War after finding herself entranced by a portrait that’s hung in the cottage she’s been brought to England to try to get the owner to sell.
She of course gets to meet the man who sat for the portrait and falls pretty hard and fast for him (she was already halfway there having been so fascinated by his portrait before she goes back in time). He’s of course quite skeptical about her tale of coming from the future, though her being able to describe his cottage in England goes a long way toward convincing him.
They have a very short time together. Kendra learns the truth about why Ben came to the United States, and tries to convince him he should go back to England even as she wants to get closer to him.
I have to say I like how Ms. Fulton handled the issue of the modern day and how and where she ultimately brought these two together. Of course I’m rather fan of any author who chooses to end the book the way she does (which is all I can say because I won’t spoil the fun for anyone who wisely chooses to read this book). Kendra and Ben of course end up together and have their happily ever after, though there is a great deal of adjustment for the time traveler in the end. I mean, you jump a century and a half and there’s going to be some adjustment, right?
So, let me sum up by saying you should read this book. It’s got romance, the hell of war, and strong characters who don’t let a little thing like a pesky century and a half from their true love stop them from having said true love. 4 stars all the way!
Book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.