Seven Hearts for MESSAGE TO LOVE!

MESSAGE TO LOVE received seven hearts from The Stephanie Loves review site. Check it out!


What Stephanie Thought: I was really impressed by this book’s complex plot. Brimming with accurate details from the late 19th century era, it was a romance that was full of both suspense and danger.

Audra’s journey begins in her comfortable and rather privileged home in the States. Fresh out of her preparatory school and innocent as can be, she meets Rollins, a dashing but overly confident lieutenant who claims to be on a “mission” to watch over her in her father’s absence. 

Self-sufficient and inexorable, Audra doesn’t want his assistance. But Rollins still insists, and before he or she knows it, they fall in love. There are several extremely passionate scenes in Message to Love — Audra and Rollins’s love is certainly intense, and certainly real.

Trouble brews when sleazy Jasen Angler (long-time property rival who’s recently bought almost everything Audra has left to her name) follows her to her trip to Cuba. She’s in search of her father, and she doesn’t need him. Or Rollins for that matter. But they both come anyway. Turns out, Jasen and some other corrupt officers have been planning to take advantage of Audra — and her fortune.

Then she discovers that her life — her life as she knew it — is not what she thought it was. And that Rollins, the good guy, the lover, isn’t who he says he is.

The ultimatum offered to Audra is that she is to choose either her father’s life or her first love’s — the type of decision neither you nor I would even consider to make. As a happily-ever-after romance, all ends well. The bad guys perish and the good guys (Greg and Rollins) survive. I thought it ended rather abruptly, but other than that, Message to Love was a  sweet, adventurous read. It was slightly slow-moving, but that’s because of the exquisite detail Arnold offered. I definitely recommend it to all historical romance lovers — especially those who appreciate a little love-making 🙂

Stephanie Loves: ‘Death is no place to linger, my friends,’ he offered. ‘The fortunes of many men are lost in the wind because they live in the vicious grip of death’s power. Exile, self-recrimination, revenge. It causes it all. It is a tragic fame to live in death.’ He downed the last of his liquor. ‘This, a soldier knows the best. Death is no place to stay.‘”

Radical Rating: 
7 hearts- A few flaws here and there, but wouldn’t mind rereading. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Thanks, Stephanie!


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