Author: Meredith Duran
Genre: Historical Romance
My Copy: Review Copy via Simon & Schuster
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Synopsis: At a house party in the countryside, the joyful spirit of the Christmas season threatens to sweep Georgiana Trent under the mistletoe—and back into the arms of the dashing rogue who broke her heart two years ago. Little does she know that Lucas Godwin has no intention of leaving until he has reclaimed her as his own.
Meredith Duran is a new author to me and I’m glad I gave her a try! I’m a big fan of second chance romances and Sweetest Regret really sounded interesting. It’s a novella and was originally published in the anthology, What Happens Under the Mistletoe, in 2015.
Characterization is good. Georgina Trent is the daughter of a diplomat and runs her father’s household. She’s not beautiful by society’s standards and she’s also a bit shy. I’d also say Georgina is loyal once you’ve earned it, but her insecurity can get in the way. Then we have Lucas Goodwin, a society darling! Of course he’s good looking and attracts the ladies, but there’s only one he has eyes for. We have a few secondary characters that play a role, but this story is mostly about Georgina and Lucas.
What I really liked about Duran’s Sweetest Regret is that both Georgina and Lucas suffer from some type of insecurity. And of course, there’s a misunderstanding that causes them to dislike one another. I kept waiting for the big talk and once it happens, I was angry at a particular character. I loved the angst filled bits and while there are a few errors in the book (one of them in particular is a time reference-looking for a Christmas tree when there’s no daylight to a British title error), they don’t distract from the narrative. At the end of the novella, you’ll probably do a little dance as justice is finally served.
Overall, I enjoyed Meredith Duran’s Sweetest Regret. I only have two complaints; One, I wish it had been longer and two, Lucas and Georgina should have talked sooner. I can’t wait to read Meredith Duran’s backlist.