Type: Historical Romance
My Copy: Sent
Deborah Moore has learned her lessons well–feel nothing, reveal less, and trust no one. Now widowed with a child of her own, she leads a lonely, cloistered existence, counting her farthings and thinking she is safe. When five-year-old Julian is lost one bitter December day, she discovers how tenuous that safety is.
Evan Haverfield has lived thirty carefree years, hunting, laughing, and dancing among London’s high society. His biggest problem has been finding excuses not to marry. But his life changes when he finds Julian Moore half-frozen under a hedge and carries him home to his mother. The young widow hides behind a mask, hard and reserved, but Evan sees glimpses of another woman, wistful, intelligent, and passionate. She’s vulnerable, desirable—and completely unsuitable for the heir to Northridge.
Alone in the earliest hours of a new year, Evan teaches Deborah to waltz. Can he teach her joy and laughter? Will love sweep away the shadows of her past and reveal the luminous woman she could be?
This book was such a refreshing change from most things I’ve read lately. If you’re looking for a book full of raunchy language or hot sex scenes, this isn’t the one for you. If you’re looking for a tender, emotional, almost innocent love story between two people who have no business being together, you’re in for a treat.
The storyline of this book is nothing new. Evan Haverfield lives the life of a nobleman, hunting and dining with society’s cream of the crop. He is carefree and free and really has no immediately plans to remedy that last part. He knows he is destined to marry someone acceptable eventually and settle into life as a family man, but deep inside he yearns for something more. He thinks he catches a glimpse of that something more when he meets Deborah Moore.
When Deborah’s son goes missing, she frantically pleads with the people in town for help in finding him. Evan does not know Deborah, but he is appalled at the lack of concern her fellow citizens show to Deborah’s plight. He couldn’t just ignore a mother’s plea to find her missing son on a cold winter day. Taking it upon himself, he sets out with the select few who also volunteered to go look for five-year-old Julian. Deborah is beyond grateful for Evan’s help and knows she probably wouldn’t have Julian back home without Mr. Haverfield’s help.
Even once he is safe, Julian catches ill and it is quite some time before he is out of the woods. Something about the boy and the lovely widow pull at Evan’s heartstrings and he can’t force himself to stay away. At first he stops by to visit merely to check on the patient, but as the days turn into weeks, he finds himself spending more and more time with them. It breaks his heart to see Deborah’s strain from taking care of her sick child around the clock, and he wants to do whatever he can to ease her burden. He also wants a lot more from her, but he knows that the timing is all wrong, and deep in his heart, he’d be doing her a disservice by asking for more when he knows their paths are not meant to stay together.
The one thing I loved about this book right from the beginning was Evan’s protectiveness of Deborah. There was very little romance, at least in the first half of the book, but the way he treated her was so romantic. He gave her what she needed, despite her protests, and despite the fact that he wanted to give her so much more. Deborah was more guarded, having survived an abusive childhood and the death of her husband. She knows Evan is way out of her league and she has no business even thinking about an attraction with him.
The carefree nobleman and the lonely widow isn’t exactly an original storyline, but Kerryn Reid delivers it with grace and beauty. Both Evan and Deborah were likeable characters on their own, and together they were wonderful. It was so touching when Deborah finally opened her heart to him, and knowing it was his caring for Julian that brought it all about made it even more special. My only complaint is that the author could be quite wordy. The parts about Evan’s sister and the dinner parties and all of the people he had no desire to associate with just distracted me from what I really wanted to read more about, and that was Evan and Deborah.
Learning to Waltz is romance at its sweetest, with no need for extravagant storylines, eroticism or paranormal elements. The hero and heroine are true, honest people who deserve each other and deserve the happiness their love brings. I’ve read a few other reviews comparing Kerryn Reid’s book to something by Jane Austen and I have to agree. While it wasn’t a mainstream, steamy romance that I normally read, I truly enjoyed it.
I give Learning to Waltz by Kerryn Reid 4 stars!