Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Spotlight-Review: MIRROR OF LOVE by Samna Ghani


Emma Miller is an intelligent woman who believes in thinking with her head instead of her heart. A total cynic, she does not believe in fairytale endings nor is she one to swoon or pine for some man. She believes in attaining a comfortable existence. No complications. No worries. Her decision to visit Salar de Uyuni pretty much changes her entire perspective – about love, life and the truly important things in life.

Ashton Colyns is just like Emma. Cynical. Sarcastic. Witty. No idealistic notions for him either. But with his dry sense of humor and his irresistible charm, he manages to penetrate through Emma’s no-nonsense persona.

Midst the excitement and adventure and through the complicated mess with Henry Tudor and Anne Boleyn, will Ashton and Emma finally realize they were meant to be together?

My Review

Time travel romance fans will find Mirror of Love is a good novella-length story with a nice dose of history.  It's got a headstrong, independent and quite feisty heroine along with an slightly aloof,  always sarcastic hero.  

Everything in the story moves very quickly, which for me made it difficult to accept the attraction that spills so fast into a relationship between Emma and Ashton.  While it is a novella, I still found the almost insta-love between the two a bit too sudden, especially when neither knows hardly anything about the other.

Aside from that, we get a fun look at Henry Tudor and Anne Boleyn and get to see Ashton come to Emma's rescue in a very alpha-male way.  For me, I would have liked to see a bit more character development, which I think would only have been possible if this were a longer story...which would have also given the opportunity to stretch out Emma and Ashton's relationship to make them falling for each other a little more likely than the virtually instant love we see here.

Mirror of Love was a nice, quick escape and for me was a 3.5-star read.

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