Once A Laird is a well-crafted, beautiful love story. The story had a sweeping, epic feel. Although having a captivating plot, I felt the first sixty percent of the book was too descriptive and moved slowly. However, the last fourth of the book picked up speed and caught my attention. This section of the book was excellent.
Both Kai and Signy were well-rounded, colorful characters with intriguing backgrounds and a shared tragic past. After many years of school and exploring, Kai comes home to a much different future. Kai’s transformation from wanderer to Laird was fascinating and realistic. I loved Signy’s spunk and fire. I liked that she was intelligent and independent.
I believe my struggles with this book were due to the writing style and my personal preferences. This is a slow-burn novel; there is much detail and sweeping descriptions. I appreciated this attention to detail and depth of the writing. I would have preferred that the pace moved more evenly and gained momentum quicker. That being said, the plot and writing were excellent, and it was evident that much love and dedication was put into this novel. I would recommend this book with the byline that it slowly builds momentum; however, stick with it. This poetic romance is worth the effort.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Release Date: October 26, 2021