Waltz with a Stranger

Pamela Sherwood
Waltz with a Stranger
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Release Date
December 2012
Historical Romance

"May I have this dance?"

Aurelia wasn't hiding exactly. She just needed to get out of the crush of the ballroom—away from the people staring at her scar, pitying her limp. She was still quite enjoying the music from the conservatory. And then a complete stranger—dashing, debonair, kind—asked her to waltz. In the strength of his arms, she felt she could do anything. But both would be leaving London soon...

When they meet again a year later, everything has changed. She's no longer a timid mouse. And he's now a titled gentleman—with a fiancée. Is the magic of one stolen moment, one undeniable connection enough to overcome a scandal that would set Society ablaze and tear their families apart?

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Dec 03, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
81 people found the following review helpful
WALTZ WITH A STRANGER is a delightful and well-written historical romance.

One moonlit waltz changed Aurelia's life forever. Injured from a riding accident, she was frail and fragile, brittle. Yet when James danced with her, he offered hope, and that was when Aurelia decided to get better, in hopes that she would meet James once again. But when she did meet him again, he was engaged to her twin sister, Amy. How could she break the union when Amy was so happy?

Of course, she couldn't, and here we see Aurelia's character--self-sacrificing and loyal. Honorable. I like what she said once, that men have honor (in protecting the women under their care) but women have honor, too. And that's why she couldn't allow their interactions to go further because she didn't want to hurt Amy.

James too couldn't forget Aurelia, and the more they came into contact with each other, the more the feelings between them grew. Pamela Sherwood maintained this angst and tension throughout the story, increasing the stakes each time James and Aurelia spend time together.

Aurelia is a lady through and through--not just because she dressed like one, but from her actions as well. She battles her insecurities and each time emerged the victor. Ms Sherwood did a great portrayal of the struggles Aurelia went through to overcome the consequences of her accident and showed us that, like in real life, such a war can't be won just once, but this war is a combination of several battles won, each victory bringing a layer of hard-won confidence. Aurelia has certainly emerged the queen all throughout, and it is easy to see why James would fall for her.

The resolution of their star-crossed romance is evident early on, but it is the journey of these characters, how they and their romance grew and developed, that makes the reading of this story worthwhile.

Interwoven in the romance is the side plot of the mystery of James's cousin's death, and even this served to bring to light the characters' different personalities. The pacing is just right, though I often find myself hurrying past pages to get to the scenes that feature James and Aurelia together. The author also tries to explore how James and Aurelia might also have happy lives with other people, if they had not met each other again.

WALTZ WITH A STRANGER is a worthy read for its endearing characters and thought-provoking themes.
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