Check out my book review of Well Acquainted by Laney Hatcher to determine if this second chance, historical romance novel is a book worth reading.
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by Laney Hatcher
Category: Historical Romance
Tags: Historical, Second Chance, Friends to Lovers
Series: London Ladies Embroidery
Published October 2022
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Rating: ★★★½ – 4 stars
There are three things you need to know about Lady Eliza Morgan:
1. In addition to being a busy physician, she’s an accomplished seamstress.
2. She’s the victim of a broken heart.
3. The man who shattered it is the one man she can never have.
Some things are better left in the past, but Eliza Morgan has spent years running from hers.
When the man who upended her life re-enters it in the most unexpected way, Eliza must decide if reacquainting herself with Nicolas is worth the heartache.
He’s charming and irritating and makes her realize there is so much more than the life she’s been living. But first she must confront her painful past if she and Nicolas have any hope for a future.
I’m so loving the London Ladies Embroidery series by Laney Hatcher. Her historical re-imaginings of Penny Reid’s modern Knitting in the City series are everything I didn’t know I needed.
Hatcher’s writing first and foremost is exquisite. She makes the prose just flow effortlessly as she crafts her story, imparts feelings and moves the romance along.
One of the best parts about this series is the strong female friendships among the ladies who embroider together.
I felt like their support of each other and especially Eliza really shone through in this book (and I’m SO counting down until Cassandra’s book!!).
If you’re a fan of the Knitting in the City series, there are definite similarities to the modern book and yet it’s a historical romance all its own and can be read as a standalone.
Hatcher gave nods to Friends Without Benefits that I had totally forgotten about!
In this historical, I love how Eliza is still a doctor despite it being very uncommon for the times. She reconnects with Nicolas, a man who she fell in love with when they were younger, who is an actor in a playhouse.
While I did feel like the pace got a bit slow at parts reiterating Eliza’s hesitation to move forward with Nicolas, I enjoyed it.
These books are all told from the heroine’s point of view, but I think I really would have liked Nicolas’ POV in this one or a flashback or two of their past to really show their strong connection.
Though I will say the man TOTALLY knew the right things to say to Eliza each and every time.
Keep these books coming!
*I received an advanced reader copy. All opinions are my own.
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