Always a Lady
I’ve always wondered what made me avoid reading certain authors, even those who have come highly recommended to me, until the last minute. For some reason, I’ve put off reading them, much to my own detriment. It’s one of the reasons why I’ve only just discovered such wonderful authors as Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Kathleen Korbel, and Judith Duncan. Their books didn’t call out to me for some reason, so I ignored them. When I finally have picked them up, I’ve ended up kicking myself afterwards, and now, such is the case with Sharon Sala.
I did devour this book, I must say. First of all, I liked the heroine, Lily Brownfield, a girl whose face has been scarred in a car accident and who’ll do anything to hide her disfigurement. She’s been left by her fiance who couldn’t stand to be around her because she’s no longer perfect. The cad!
The hero, Case Longren, is everything you want in a cowboy. Tall, handsome, and a man who loves what he sees and, believe me, he never sees Lily’s scar. He’s the best thing that has walked into her life so far.
I loved the relationship that grew between Lily and Case. Also, bar none, there is the very best scene between Lily and her ex-fiance that I’ve ever had the privilege to read. It is some of the best writing I’ve ever read, and I was cheering when I read that part. That one scene was worth all the foolishness of Lily’s belief that she was too ugly to look at.
But, what drove me crazy in this story was that Lily believed she was so scarred that nobody could ever find her attractive. Okay, so she had a scar down her face, and the ex-fiance laid a trip on her with his heartless rejection, but come on, we’re talking one scar across the face that most people wouldn’t remember seeing unless they were exactly like the ex. Everybody accepted Lily for what she was and most people never even noticed the scar.
I’ve had Always A Lady in my TBR pile for just ages and ages, and last week, looking for something different, I picked up this story. Now, I thought this was just going to be your average, little quick read, but the minute I started this book I liked it. I couldn’t put it down, and while it’s very good, I didn’t give it an “A” more because I know this is one of the author’s first efforts and I could see areas that I know have improved with time and experience.
If you can manage to find this book in a UBS, pick it up. It’s a great little read and while it could have been a major keeper for many readers, I’m sure I’ll run into a Sharon Sala book that will prove out my belief that this was not her best writing. This is a book I’ll put on my keeper shelf, though, for sure. Now, to find the sequel on Lily’s big brother, Cole.