It's Thursday once again! I love Thursdays!! Today's reader review comes to us from Rachel Rossano, an author I have had the pleasure to read in the past.
Title: Friends and Foes / Affections
Author: Sarah M Eden
Was this book recommended to you? If so, by whom? If not, why did you pick it?
I picked it up after falling in love with "Seeking Persephone" by the same author.
"Philip Jonquil, eldest of the Jonquil ranks and Earl of Lampton, is a man who takes care of people. He stepped into his father's shoes at a young age and started overseeing the well being of his brothers, all six of them. Sorrel Kendrick, another eldest born, is frequently overwhelmed simply caring for herself. Injured a few years before in a terrible accident, she faces daily pain and battles constantly with her body and her family to maintain her dignity. A chance meeting, an accidental exchange of canes, and a misunderstanding gone to far and these two find themselves at war. But, what a delightful war to wage."
"I have to add a disclaimer before I get into my review. This is based on my reading of the first edition of the book, ""Affectations,"" published in 2008. The new edition, now titled ""Friends & Foes,"" is debuting in January 2012.
From the first scene, Eden had me glued to the page. Being a first-born myself, I related to Philip. He has dedicated his life to protecting his brothers, going so far as to playing a grand role vastly different from his personality. I sympathized with Sorrel and her daily battles with her body while her family makes things worse out of misguided intentions.
As with ""Seeking Persephone"" and ""The Kiss of a Stranger,"" I fell equally in love with both of the main characters. Philip's self-sacrifice laced with humor had me laughing. Sorrel's biting tongue and spunk made me want to cheer her. The banter and witty word play is delightful.
I highly recommend this book. It is a entertaining and heart-melting read. My favorite of Eden's Jonquil series, its pages brought pleasure many times. Of all her books, it is a photo-finish second with ""Seeking Persephone."" I am eagerly anticipating its new version appearing next year. Eden says she made a few changes to the climax. I am looking forward to discovering more about these characters and their relationship."
Thanks again Rachel! Be sure to check her out at: http://rachel-rossano.blogspot.com
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