Review: It Started At Waterloo by Lynne Connolly

it started at waterlooReviewed by Jen

Amelia is a lady only interested in helping the wounded soldiers in need during the Battle of Waterloo. Finding a husband is the last thing on her mind. But falling asleep in a tent with her friend and devoted surgeon Will gives her an escape from the society marriage her mother has planned.  Amelia respects Will; they share a passion for serving the injured; and it doesn’t hurt that he is very attractive.  She has no idea when he asks her to marry him that she would be doing much more than saving her reputation… she would be marrying an earl.

Will has ignored his title for years, instead, devoting himself to his work as a surgeon. He doesn’t want to deal with all of the headaches that come with being the earl.  Unfortunately, a gentle nudge from his cousin, the duke, has him returning to the fold of nobility.  And it quickly puts a strain on his new marriage by blowing up his plans for his future with his new bride.

The story is ok. I think its brevity works against it some, not allowing for too much time mining for deeper feelings in the relationship. I liked Amelia and Will well enough, but a lack of communication is their central problem and it really felt like the plot device that it was.  If the two of them would have been honest about themselves and about their needs and fears, there wouldn’t have been much conflict. As it was, the worst things they had to contend with were their elevated social status and their concerns about disappointing one another. Meh.

I think I would have liked some surprises, but it’s all laid out in the blurb.  It also might have been more impactful had I seen these two fall in love, but I think that ship had already sailed by the time the story began.  The novella isn’t bad, just not super-engaging. It’s pretty much as advertised.  A quick, fair read.

Rating: B-/C+

*ARC provided by publisher

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It Started at Waterloo
by Lynne Connolly
Release Date: June 16, 2015
Publisher: Samhain


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