The Crown Spire by Catherine Curzon, Willow Winsham

Tuesday, December 20th 2016

This book was given to me through the power of Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


1795, Scottish historical romance? Yes, please! As much as I love paranormal romance with werewolf shifters, witches and mating rituals are my favorite but any novel that surrounds Scotland is automatically added to the top of my To-Be-Read list. So of course I’m happy to add these authors Catherine Curzon and Willow Winsham for writing this intriguing novel.

Let’s begin with Alice, and her daughter Beth who are both fleeing an abusive husband in London to Edinburgh. Can I just saw I wish I could just flee to Edinburgh in any situation, but as they flee they are accosted by a highwaymen? At the moment all things are lost, two dashing yet masked  rider swoop into save the day. Insert mega dreamy smile, Withwith the excitable and frustrated Beth is both eager/adventure for the falls for her gallant rescuer. Insert second dreamy sigh here.  As the gallant hero and rescuer stay the night in an inn, the authors introduce an equally dashing character Edward Hogan, with the double likable Dr James Dillingham. To be  fare any character with the name James, and located in Scotland automatically has possessions of my heart, especially since I’m such an Outlander fan. But in this book the characters journey come to the house of sister Josephine, who I must say is extremely annoying and non likable despite the fact that I love the name Josephine because of Josephine Baker. Beth is truly eager to break out of the staid lifestyle that she was conditioned, if not forced upon her because she was forced to be trained in a woman of her social status. Her sister Alice, wonders if her leaping into the venture with Dr. Dillingham, where all would be revealed

I really liked this novel because I’m such a big nerd for historical romance. What I love the most about this book is the fact that the writing style is both witty, romantic, and of course smooth. Oh yes, this book reads so smooth that you could possible read this book in one non parental disturbances reading. That’s right, you could possible read this book in one setting if you don’t have a mini-human to take care of like I do.

Even though I am not a historian when it comes to traditions of 1795, but I feel some type of way about the tavern scenes, but that’s just me, when you read it you decided.

What I love the most about this book is that this book is really charming, adorable, and of course romantic. The character Alice is really empathetic and I believe a lot of readers will really love Alice as much as I enjoyed reading about her story.

I have to admit what I love the most is the descriptions given about the city of Edinburgh. Seriously! No matter what book I read or the year the novel is set in , I can’t help by fall in deep love with how Scotland is represented in books. Oh how I love Scotland, let me count the ways! I really hope you read this novel and enjoy it as much as I did!

Happy Reading Lia

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