Natural Born Readers (Standalone Book 3 in the Book Lovers Series)
by Victoria Connelly
Ben Stratton and Bryony Nightingale. Everybody thought they’d be together forever. But, when Ben leaves the small market town of Castle Clare to travel the world, Bryony is heartbroken, seeing his departure as the ultimate betrayal.
Throwing herself into her work running the much-loved children’s bookshop, Bryony determines to forget Ben and to start dating again. But Ben doesn’t make it easy for her, sending her postcards filled with his love and posting her foreign editions of all the great romantic novels from the countries he’s travelling through.
Then, after six long years, the unexpected happens and Ben returns, determined to win Bryony back. But will she forgive him and does he have the courage to tell her the truth about why he left her?
What a sweet, charming romance with great characters and a wonderful setting!!!
Ben and Bryony were destined to be together. They were friends as children, and as they grew, so did their relationship. Bryony thought they would settle into their lives in Castle Clare among family. But, Ben broke her heart when he left six years ago to travel the world. Over the years, she has tried to move on, but she finds it nearly impossible. Now, he is back and he wants her back. That is easier said than done as he doesn’t realize how deeply he hurt her, but he will soon find out just how much her heart was broken.
This was such a sweet romance!!!! I loved the flashbacks to their childhood. By reading the synopsis, I was expecting to blame Ben for all their heartache. However, the author revealed that there was actually a very good reason he left. Bryony hurt him as well by not even considering going with him. I enjoyed watching their journey back to one another, and it wasn’t easy.
The author also included a bit of a side story with her neighbor that I quite liked. It gave more insight into who Bryony was as a person. She could be stubborn, unforgiving, and at times selfish. Yet, deep down, she was caring and sweet. I LOVED the interaction with her big family, the Nightingale clan. The setting was just perfect!!!!
I highly recommend reading if you love sweet romances with wonderful characters. It also is a great pick if you are a lover of books and reading!!!! I felt like it was a love letter to books!!!! Wonderful, wonderful read!!!!!
Purchase Link – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B075CCZC47
Meet the Author
Victoria Connelly studied English Literature at Worcester University, got married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales and now lives in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a young springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens. She is the author of two bestselling series, Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in 2008 by Ziegler Films in Germany. The Runaway Actress was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Comedy Novel award.
Victoria loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden either with a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.