Review: Love in the Balance by Katherine Withers

June 19, 2014 Review 0

Review: Love in the Balance by Katherine Withers

Helen and Margaret Baldwin, aristocratic sisters, become enmeshed in scandal, romance and intrigue when Helen’s childhood love returns to the county, now a handsome lord with a newly renovated estate, a great fortune and a devilish reputation.

It’s clear to everyone they’d make a perfect match if only Lord Vyne’s ego and reputation didn’t leave Helen cold. Her little sister is more of a romantic and schemes to bring them together. With her help, Lord Vyne is soon a changed man and he endeavours to prove his commitment. But when his past catches up with him, their love is thrown into disarray.

Title: Love in the Balance
Author: Katherine Withers
Source: Publisher
Published: 14 April, 2014
Genres: Historical Romace
Pages: 174
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Stars: two-stars
Flames: three-flames

An early Regency romance that is heavy on the dithering females and light on the actual romance, this was  a story that was laden with characters and dialog, yet none stand out as particularly enjoyable.

Helen and Margaret are two sisters, impoverished and single after their father’s death and neither has particularly bright prospects.  Helen has been in love with one man since she was eight, yet she somehow can’t manage to believe in his willingness to make every allowance to prove he has changed.

I think that the inconsistency in the two sisters – who seemed to trade off dramatics and bad acts for their station at the drop of the hat kept me uncaring about their plight – or even their very bumpy road to salvation.  With several long passages of dialog that really didn’t help to inform the story at all, but brought others in to give ‘their perspective’ or inset their issues, what resulted was a rather muddled mess that went from slow starting to painfully slow to read.

Easy to put down, this was not a read in one sitting book for me, and I found myself constantly in need of refreshing myself as to what sister was highlighted, or if the character was important to the story or not.

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