I was provided with an advance reader copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.
Published by Escape Publishing on February 22, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
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Only one woman can confirm his innocence, and release him from the torments of his past.
Determined to throw off the shackles of her convict past, Charlotte Oliver accepts her employer’s marriage proposal, even though she does not love him, and together they board a refitted whaling schooner bound for Sydney to begin their new life.
But life has a way of disrupting plans, and during the voyage the Zephyrus undergoes a mutiny. Captain Christian Charity loses his ship, but he also risks losing so much more.Charlotte has in her possession a tiny blue bottle and an Angel coin. On their own, they mean nothing more than a keepsake, but to Christian, they could mean everything – a past remade and a future with love.
I don’t need to say how much I love Australian-set historical romance, because I’ve said it many times before. BUT…….I’m going to anyway! I shall even express it in GIF form.
There’s not nearly as much of it as I’d like, but I can always count on Téa Cooper to feed my Australian historical hunger. I’ve adored Téa’s other Oz-toricals, and I’m happy to report that Forgotten Fragrance is another winner.
So, what did I think of Forgotten Fragrance?
What I’ve enjoyed so much about Téa’s other Oz-toricals is the construction & development of the world in which her characters live. Vivid, accurate and intense, the world of Forgotten Fragrance draws you in and allows you to easily imagine how post-colonial Australia might just have looked.
Charlotte is a brave and interesting heroine. She has a good and honest heart, which becomes quite evident at different points of the story. She’s lost her family, her freedom, and her love, but I loved that she didn’t just give up and accept her fate.
I must admit I was a little iffy about our hero’s name – Christian Charity just didn’t make sense at first, however as you hear more of his back story, things gain clarity and make more sense. His past is equally fraught with mystery, and how Téa melds the two’s stories together led to a number of “A-ha” moments for me.
This is relatively light-on in the ACTUAL sexytimes, however there is a beautiful and believable connection between Charlotte and Christian.
No high-seas adventure would be truly complete without its dark & dastardly moments, and Forgotten Fragrance has many. I’m not going to get all spoilerish, but you will see people change, betrayals and some good old fashioned pirate behavior. Villains be villainous in this one!
If you, like me, are a fan of historical romance with a difference, Téa Cooper’s Forgotten Fragrance will surely hit the mark.