How do you heal your heart after tragedy leaves you broken? When the person you loved didn’t deserve it and they can’t earn your forgiveness because they’re already dead? How do you move on, and heal, and love?If you’re Princess Lorraina, you paint. A year ago Lorraina watched Tobias die, and she still doesn't know how she's supposed to heal—or forgive. How can she when she’s still running away? In an attempt to reinvent herself, she steps outside her comfortable life as princess and seeks the tutelage of a master painter—a man who is not at all impressed by her pedigree, and demands not just talent, but emotional honesty. Struggling to learn what’s being taught, she finds herself drawn to someone who not only knows her secrets, but who she once considered far below her notice. Now she is compelled to seek him out despite knowing their relationship would be forbidden if discovered. Staying away from him doesn’t seem possible when discovering him may be the key to healing her heart and rediscovering herself.
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Author Annette K. Larsen
I was born in Utah, but grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona and St. Louis, Missouri, the fifth of seven children. I attended Southern Virginia University and Brigham Young University, where I studied English and Theater. I now live in Idaho with my husband and four children. I have Charlotte Brontë to thank for the courage to write novels. After being bombarded with assigned reading about women who justified abandoning either their families or their principles in the name of love, I had the great fortune of reading Jane Eyre. And that was it: finally, a heroine who understood that being moral and making the right choice was hard, and sometimes it hurt, but it was still worth it. After rereading it several years later, I realized that if I wanted more books to exist with the kinds of heroines I admired, then I might as well write a few myself. My books are about women who face hard choices, who face pain and rejection and often have to face the reality of sacrificing what they want for what is right. The consequences are often difficult or unpleasant, but in the end, doing what’s right will always be worth it. I believe there is no substitute for good writing or good chocolate. Fortunately, one often leads to the other.
My Personal Review
***** 5 stars ***** LOVED it.
I have really enjoyed all of Annette K. Larsen's books. You'll see her listed as a favorite in my sidebar. This book was no exception. I'll just be honest- I was seriously crushin' on West, Raina's guard- like for the entire book. It was ridiculous. But anywho...
Lorraina is the least likeable sister in the series. She's very worried about acting as royalty should act. Although this book can stand alone, you should probably at least read Missing Lily so you have a little bit of background on what Lorraina is working through. She had been in love (or what she thought was love) with Tobias, and he was killed in front of her. For a year she's been trying to work through those emotions, and find herself. However, after "acting the part" for so long, she isn't sure she knows who "Raina" really is. Lorraina has never felt she was the noticed princess or even someone to really be loved. She begins to confide and lean on someone who has been a constant in her life... and then he leaves. Will Lorraina be able to see and find the real her? Can she finally heal and learn to live?
I just adored this book. I never really disliked Lorraina in the other books. I just KNEW there had to be more to her! I loved seeing her discover herself. And I loved, and reread several times this one part of the ending: "Then he looked up toward the castle - toward me- and dropped his sword. He took off at a sprint, heading for the nearest doors leading inside. It took me a moment to realize what was happening. Was he truly running to find me? Could I inspire such action in a man?" Oh my word, y'all. I want a man to sprint to find me. :)
I have this on my kindle- as I was given a copy for an honest review. But when I finished the book last night, I ordered the paperback to complete my set. I know it's one I will read over and over again.
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