Reviewed by Angela McLaurin
A Regency Romance Novella
Synopsis from Goodreads: He was a walking scandal, she was a proper young woman...
A rake’s cruel prank leaves the blind Olivia Blake ripe for humiliation on a ballroom dance floor. Then an even more notorious rake sweeps her into his arms. Soon she is seduced by the charm of Adrian Calwell, the scandal-chased Baron of Norbury.
Adrian’s only goal in rescuing Olivia was to thwart his rival’s heartless trick. But Olivia is well worth rescuing, and Adrian is eager to put his life as a rake behind him. Can Adrian rise above his sordid past to win Olivia's love?
Set against the backdrop of Regency London, Love Is Blind is a sweet and surprising novella that proves innocence and experience can be a perfect match.
I normally don't read short stories or novellas, but I truly enjoyed Love is Blind. It was a beautifully written story about Olivia, a young English girl who is blind. Elizabeth did a fantastic job depicting the Regency time period of London, and the interactions and conversations between the characters were equally true to the era. I loved the twist of Olivia being blind. It was an interesting characteristic to give a heroine and one that normally is not utilized. Her blindness was woven carefully through the story and ended up not being a handicap for her, but a charming trait that attracted a handsome Lord. Her cousin and companion, Emily, is a spitfire of a young lady that not only protects Olivia, but will help break the rules in order to make her happy. Adrian was a dashing ladies man who decided to change is ways in hopes to win Olivia's heart and the approval of her family.
The pace of the novella moved quickly, but I didn't feel that I was missing pieces of the story. It takes a special talent to be able to write a novella that has enough details to complete the story but still keep it in short form. There was a lot of old English language used and I was glad that my Kindle had the dictionary to help me along the way. This historical romance was a refreshing read for me and I'm sure that all of you will enjoy it just as much!