by Jennifer Delamere
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Pub Date 31 Aug 2021 | Archive Date 30 Sep 2021
Bethany House, Bethany House Publishers
Emma Sutton knows she should be satisfied with her life. She has a position at London's Central Telegraph Office, and behind her rented rooms is a small plot where she can indulge her passion for gardening. But ever since she was orphaned as a child, she has longed for a family of her own and the stability and consistency it provides. Her deepest wish appears realized when a handsome engineer is thrown into her orbit and sends her a thrilling love note.
Mitchell Harris's sharp wit and facility with a pen have enabled him to thrive despite serious obstacles. That the woman of his dreams works just two floors above his should make life perfect. But a childhood accident has left Mitchell convinced he'll never draw a woman's affection, especially from someone like Emma. When his best friend--who once saved his life--falls in love with Emma too and asks for help writing her love letters, Mitchell must choose between desire and loyalty.
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I have enjoyed everything I have read by Jennifer Delamere and this book was no exception. Crossed Lines is Book Two in her Love Along the Wires series and while I really liked Book One I savored this one even more, as this book had me feeling connected to the characters on a deeper level. Mitchell and Emma, the beautifully written hero and heroine, have each endured difficult childhoods and persevered to carve out respectable, hard-working lives for themselves working at a telegraphy office in London. These characters and their backstories, combined with a plot line of someone writing letters for another, resulting in confusion for the recipient, paved the way for wonderful character development between Mitchell, Emma, and Mitchell’s friend, Christopher. The love notes and poetry mentioned were sigh-worthy and the conversations among the main characters engaging, heartfelt, and at times, quite humorous. It was fun to see a romance guide for spinsters that was previously mentioned in the series’ first book make another appearance in Book Two, this time being read and interpreted by a different person. Another highly informative and pleasing topic mentioned was that of (Victorian-era) gardening, a passionate interest of Emma’s. Last but not least, the faith element was inspiring and naturally interlaced into the book through heartfelt discussions among a few main and secondary characters. The intensity of conversations between Emma and Mitchell allowed for deep reflection and personal growth. This was such a sweet, poignant, and engaging story which kept me turning pages and closing the book with a happy sigh. I definitely recommend adding this to your to-be-read list! I received an advanced review copy from the author via Bethany House and NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions expressed here are my own.
I enjoyed reading this book. I love the historical accuracy that Jennifer puts into every one of her books. And I loved the Shakespearean references and poetry. I do love when an author puts a writer main character in their books. Especially one who is attempting to use words to court another. You can just let the eloquence loose and see where the words take you! There were some resemblances to other familiar stories where a man uses the words of his friend to woo the heroine, but the story was well drawn and both the hero and heroine grew along the way in maturity and sense, though never losing that romantic sensibility.
Utterly delightful! By turns funny, tender and bittersweet, Ms. Delamere spins an original take on a love triangle, placing the hero in the unfortunate role of loyal friend, penning love letters full of poetic prose. While the ending was predictable, I enjoyed Emma's story and found the romance charming. Ms. Delamere's research into the Victorian age, and many references of the workers in the telegraph and mill industry is refreshing. It was an age when the numbers in the working and middle class were growing and the author masterfully portrays their world. A great book to reach for at the end of a busy day. I received an advanced review copy from the author via Bethany House and NetGalley. I was not required to write a review and the opinions expressed here are my own.
Crossed Lines by Jennifer Delamere is a precious and cute romance. It is set in Victorian England with a heroine who loves gardening. She longs for a sweet romance and to marry. The hero, Mitchell loves her at first sight and writes beautiful sonnets about her. Trouble is, she meets Mitchell's best friend. Thus, a love triangle. I enjoyed this book with the romantic poetry and historical setting and I look forward to the next installment. This is a series, but it can be read as a stand alone. *I was given a copy by Bethany Publishers and this is my honest opinion.
This was a delightful read. I had previously read the first in the series and enjoyed it as well. Although love triangles (in this case two men care for the same woman) are not new in literature, this may be the first time I’ve read a book where one featured prominently. Mitchell was my favorite character from the get-go and I was glad things worked out the way they did for him! I received this book from the publisher via net galley in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars!
I thought this a wonderful read! Excellent writing and well rounded out characters! Just splendid! While I don't really have a favorite character in this book I still very much enjoyed the book. The two men are the ones who made me smile a lot. I just loved their antics and of course their friendship. I really appreciate Rose. Rose is a strong and steady solid presence throughout the book. If she were real, I think we could have been great friends. In my opinion Emma is just like me in a lot of ways. It's one of the many reasons that I could relate to her. Even though I wanted to shake her sometimes to see what was right in front of her the whole time! I found myself shaking my head at her sometimes. I appreciate the research that this author has done for the novel. I really feel that she has put her whole heart and soul into this story and it shows. Sometimes in my opinion the historical background is my favorite part of the book! 5 stars! I highly recommend! You'll not want to put this book down until it is completed. I wanted to savor this book so I finished this in two days. My thanks for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
This is one of those delightful books which you know from the very beginning is going to let you just relax & enjoy it. Sometimes we need a quicker, lighter read between the ‘heavier’ tomes, & Crossed Lines fits the bill without being inconsequential. I must admit it kept me guessing right to the end, as to how it would turn out : all in all, a satisfying read which I can recommend. Note : Whilst this is part of a series, it certainly works as a stand-alone. 4 1/2 stars!
This was a great book by Jennifer Delamere. I loved her characters and how you fell in love with them from the first page. I loved how Mitchell struggled with his disability but how Emma was able to see past that to see the beauty within. I liked how it was a love triangle but how it worked out in the end. I liked how Emma helped Mitchell to see that God was there for him even when it seemed he wasn’t. I enjoy this series because I think it is interesting to learn about women being telegraph operators. I love the storyline and how the romance developed. I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, and or authors. A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.
Crossed Lines by Jennifer Delamere is the second book in the Love along the Wires series, but it can be read as a stand-alone novel. Emma Sutton is determined to find the love of her life while she is employed at London's Central Telegraph Office. Unbeknownst to her, co-worker Mitchell Harris has been in love with her from afar but is afraid to meet her. Mitchell worries his crippled leg would turn any woman away. When Emma becomes infatuated with Mitchell's best friend, Mitchell is forced to write love letters to Emma to help out his friend who saved his life years ago. Will Emma find out who is the true writer of the letters, and who does her heart choose in the end?
Crossed lines by Jennifer Dalemere Emma Sutton the main character longs to be loved and married. It's a sweet historical romance set in Victorian England . Michell and Christopher best friend end up loving the same girls the beautiful Emma . Michell does not want his friend know how his feel and helps his friend woo Emma with romantic poetry with Emma loves but thinks the words are coming from Christopher. Story is beautifully written takes you to Victorian times. Thank you Netgally for letting me preview this book
Crossed Lines by Jennifer Delamere Pub Date: August 31, 2021 Bethany House Publishers I am a fan of the books Bethany House publishes. Their content is always appropriate for our conservative small-town library, and our patrons are excited whenever a new one comes out. This is the second in the series Love Along the Wires. While typically a love triangle doesn't appeal to me, this one was different than the usual structure. While I didn't enjoy Crossed Lines as much as Line by Line, it was a delightful tale. Emma's love for gardening and romantic letters were lovely inclusions. The cover is stunning. I look forward to Rose's story as hers has been the most mysterious. Thanks to Bethany House and Net Galley for the ARC. I loved this book. I will recommend this book! 5 star