on November 21st 2017
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Once upon a time…
Recent college grad Emma Damon knows the Rose Room in Hartley Hall is off limits, which is exactly why she can’t wait to get inside. Once she enters the forbidden room, Emma learns more about the history of the museum than she ever intended to know.
Waking up confused and shocked in 1816, all Emma wants is to return to her cozy home with flushing toilets and disposable razors. But when she’s mistaken for someone else, Emma must pretend to be everything she’s not. About to be engaged to the Earl of Hartley’s brother, Emma fails miserably at playing the role of a sophisticated lady.
Hartley is determined to ensure that the quirky and adorable woman marries his brother – despite his ever-growing attraction to her. After loving and losing, he refuses to fall prey to the shackles of love. But as his desire for Emma increases, he knows he must forfeit his happiness for his brother’s future. After all, there’s no such thing as happily ever after.
Or is there?
I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Want a twist on your historical romance? Once Upon a Time Travel will definitely hit the spot!
American Emma is in the UK working at historic Hartley Hall. She’s made a great friend in roommate Bex and loves watching Bex swoon over the current Earl of Hartley, Charlie Portwood. When Emma ventures into a forbidden part of Hartley Hall, she finds more than she ever expected. Thrust back in time to the Hartley Hall of 1816, she’s mistaken for an American Miss Blythe sent to wed the Earl’s younger brother. Emma is instantly attracted to one thing in her new time, the Earl of Hartley, Jaxson Portwood.
Through the magic that brought Emma back in time, she strives to find a way back home. She struggles to keep up the rouse of being Miss Blythe, but eventually is able to confide in the Earl’s aunt, Charles. Yes, you read that right, Hartley’s aunt is named Charles.
Wilson creates hilarious and heartfelt situations to bring us a love story lost in time. While Emma’s point of view is told in a first person narrative, Hartley’s is told in third person, an interesting and refreshing choice. I loved the Emma’s fiery disposition and her determination to make the best of her life while she was trapped in 1816. I won’t give away the ending, but we do get a happily ever after Wilson promises.
This was my first experience reading Sariah Wilson’s work and based on this novel, I look forward to reading many more stories of hers in the future.