By Monica Burns
Her future lies in the past
When a bomb explosion thrusts Victoria Ashton backward in time to 1897, she’s forced to
impersonate the Countess of Guildford. Despite Victoria’s attempts to convince the earl she’s not his wife, her counterpart’s infidelity, lies, and ill-tempered personality makes the task almost impossible. Worse, Victoria finds herself falling in love with a man who loathes her. Only when the earl learns to trust her does she realize her future lies in the past. But love always comes at a price, and she must make a painful sacrifice in order for them to be together.
Her love is what will save him
Nicholas Thornhill, Earl of Guildford has been searching for his missing wife for three weeks. Rumors of him being guilty of murder make him unwilling to believe his wife’s latest in a multitude of lies. But the changes in Victoria continuously surprise him. Despite his best intentions, he finds the contempt he once felt for his wife turning into something deeper and stronger. But when danger threatens to separate them forever, he must forge a bond with her that crosses the boundaries of time.
A passion to last forever
Nick Barrows has always been captivated by the portraits of the long dead Countess of Guilford, even to the point of only dating women who bear a resemblance to her. When Victoria Ashton walks in one day, looking to buy a painting, Nick is floored, because she is a dead ringer for the countess. The two of them immediately feel a pull of attraction and familiarity, when an explosion occurs, seriously injuring Victoria, and putting her into a coma.
As Victoria’s body lies comatose in the present day, she wakes up in 1897, where everyone believes she actually is the Countess of Guilford, who has been missing for several weeks. Her husband, Nicholas, the Earl, has even been accused of murdering her. There is no love lost between the Earl and his wife. She has been betraying him literally since the day of their wedding, and he feels only contempt for her. Although skeptical of her story, her injuries, and her memory loss, Nicholas can’t deny that this lady seems totally different from his wife.
Victoria soon has to accept that she has truly travelled back in time, and has no way of knowing if she will ever return. Slowly, Nicholas starts to fall in love with Victoria, believing that she is his wife, but changed from her injuries. Victoria is falling in love as well, and soon the two are living as husband and wife and sharing an explosive sexual chemistry.
There is no easy happy ever after. The real countess truly is missing, and she was involved with some dangerous people, who are only too willing to do whatever it takes to protect their secrets. I’m generally not a fan of time travel, but Monica Burns has written a true gem. Forever Mine has passion, excitement, romance and heartbreak. It’s beautifully written, and has some unique twists. I found myself in tears, as I came to truly care about these two star crossed lovers. The epilogue is amazing, and adds so much to the story. I will definitely be checking out Monica Burns’ previous books, and I wholeheartedly recommend Forever Mine.
Reviewed by Rose
5 STARS *****