Saturday, January 27, 2018

Review of The Trouble with True Love by Laura Lee Guhrke


Book two in The Dear Lady Truelove Series tells the story of a shy young lady who believes in love and happily ever afters.  Unfortunately, the man she has fallen in love with wants nothing to do with love and never plans to marry.

Clara Deverill is the sister of the heroine in the first book in this series and is left in charge of the newspaper that her sister saved and kept them from being destitute.  Now Irene is on her honeymoon and Clara is in charge of the newspaper.  She has never been the kind of girl to put herself forward and she let her sister take care of everything.  Now she realizes that it up to her to keep the business going until her sister returns.  She is having trouble with almost every part of the newspaper but mostly the advice column that her sister started called Dear Lady Truelove.  She has no idea how to give advice to woman and men about their life and love.  Then one day she is in a tea shop and hears a conversation that will change her life forever.

Rex, Viscount Galbraith is a man who has a reputation as a rake.  The rumors of his love affairs, drinking and spending money has landed him in a spot.  His father has cut off his allowance and refuses to relent until he finds a suitable young lady and marries her to ensure the succession.  Rex has no intention of listening to his father, being that his father and mother married for love and what a disaster that turned out to be.  When one of his good friends asks to meet to discuss a problem he is having with his mistress.  Rex's has no idea that his advice to his friend would be overheard and printed almost word for word in a gossip column.  When he goes to the office of the newspaper and finds a young lady he is dumbfounded.  What happens next will turn his life upside down and makes him doubt his long-held beliefs in love and marriage.

I loved this book, it is pure enjoyment from cover to cover.  Laura is an exceptionally talented writer who knows how to write a beautiful love story that has wit, wonderful characters that will stay with you long after you finish this book.  Clara's innocence and belief in love are contradictory to everything Rex has ever believed and wanted.  The way Clara slowing chips away at Rex's beliefs are both touching and witty.  From the first meeting, they have a connection that will surprise them both.

I have read all of Laura Lee's books and loved them all, but Clara will hold a special place in my heart because I was kind of naive and innocent when I first went out into the world and like Clara I found my true love and happily ever after.

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