Hello, fellow romance lovers! Today we are celebrating the release of A Touch Of Romance by Paullett Golden. Below is a bunch of reading goodies! You will find the book blurb, author info, my review, excerpts from the book, and a giveaway! Paullett Golden always delivers an enchanting, quality romance that I look forward to reading. Do not miss this fascinating read!
A Touch of Romance by Paullett Golden
Release: Dec 26, 2021
Available in Paperback, eBook, and Hardcover (Audio coming in February)
ABOUT THE BOOK
Despite the odds, two poets manifest their dreams.
His recent appointment as Regius Professor has Jules Knowlton enjoying a life of leisure, one that begins with a writing retreat to stimulate his mind but ends with the unanticipated arousal of his heart. The problem? His newfound ladylove is arranged to marry someone else.
Leila Owen is a loyal and devoted daughter, one who would do anything for her family, anything except marry the suitor they’ve chosen for her. Using her poetic cunning, she schemes ways to convince her parents the man of her choice is a better match. The problem? The suitor is nothing if not perfect.
This is the love story of Jules and Leila, two poets who playact through life’s charade.
From second chance romances to mistaken identities, experience A Touch of Romance in this collection of one short novel and twelve bonus flash fiction pieces.
“What are you doing here, Mother Matron? Three days into the retreat, and I’ve not seen you in the library once. Wait! No, don’t tell me.” Isobel squeezed her eyes and mouthed in silence before saying, “I’m divining the meaning of your presence. Yes, here it is. The spirits tell me… a lover’s tryst! You’re meeting the professor!”
Taken aback, Leila stared, slack jawed.
“I’ve guessed it, haven’t it?” Isobel squealed. “A tryst. How romantic!”
Flailing her hands, Leila said, “No, no, no, you have it all wrong. I am meeting Mr. Knowlton, but it’s not a tryst. He’s going to teach me Persian.”
With a slow wink, Isobel said, “Is that what you call it? I understand completely.”
A Touch Of Romance is about two free spirits who find love in unexpected places. Jules and Leila are poets who attend the same writing retreat. Love blooms; however, Leila is promised to another and will do anything to win her parent’s approval.
The dialogue and prose are beautiful. I enjoyed how the couple’s love of creative writing was fused into the plot. Both Jules and Leila are intelligent and somewhat eccentric. Their eccentricities and love of poetry and language bind them together. The fact that both Jules and Leila are distanced from aristocracy allowed the story to stand out. Jules brought out the creativity in Leila. Leila brought out confidence in Jules.
All the secondary characters breathed another level of life into the story. At first, I didn’t think I’d like Leila’s parents, but I warmed to them. The parents mean well, although they are misguided yet loving. The plot moved swiftly, and I liked how the author included language and the creative process in the novel.
I was nervous starting this novel due to a dislike of poetry stemming from a disastrous class in college! However, I loved how the poetry was flawlessly incorporated into the story giving Jules and Leila’s romance greater depth and emotion. Every word, touch, and action was intentional and delivered with purpose. The writing was exquisite. I enjoyed the short flash fiction pieces as well. Paullett Golden always gives a brilliant, romantic read that sparks the reader’s imagination and warms their heart. I always eagerly await her books, and I am never disappointed.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Perhaps it was her matter-of-fact tone, perhaps the thought of her living abroad with a business-minded man; whatever the case, a wave of melancholy washed over him. The only enlightenment in her words was how Leila-like they sounded, another trait he was becoming used to, that way she had of accepting in stride matters out of her control. This vibrant lover of life, so willing to sacrifice potential happiness for the needs of her father. Melancholy though he was, he could not help admiring her fortitude and loyalty.
Unaware of his inner turmoil, she read the next clue.
“My first is edgeless with many roles,
A sphere of life and pleasure, a skein unfolds.
My second is cornered, known by different names,
A space of life and pleasure, a hearth with flames.
My whole sees unions of swirling threads,
A promenade of sets destined to wed.”
Leila looked up from the clue, brow arched, as perplexed as he. She began to reread, slower this time.
He stopped her after the first line. “If it’s edgeless and rolls, would it not be a ball?”
“Roles, not rolls.”
“Yes, I hear it now. The difference between the two is unmistakable,” he teased before chuckling. “I take your meaning; however, I stand by my guess. The first is a ball.”
“And the second? A space with a hearth, many names, and corners, presumably for… pleasure.”
Jules grinned. “What is a room without its simple pleasures, especially a ballroom filled with dancing figures and courting youth?”
- An eBook or autographed paperback of A Touch of Romance
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Twisting a bit of twine between his fingers, Jules searched the faces. No one noticed him. There was advantage to a life unseen. One could observe without remark. Young ladies who had arrived at the retreat as strangers now linked arms. Gentlemen who had arrived as bachelors now curried favor with one—or more—interested party. No surprise to see Mr. Crawford and—
His thought slipped into the abyss as the only face he cared to see stepped over the threshold, her arm threaded with Miss Lambeth’s. Absently, he tucked the twine into his pocket. As Leila’s gaze surveyed the room then fell on him, halting in its trek, Jules felt an untempered smile tickle his lips. Her lips reflected the sentiment. Had his attention not been riveted on that smile, extemporaneous and inviting, he might have noted Miss Lambeth’s expression to see them lock looks, but as he was otherwise distracted, he only acknowledged that she nudged Leila in his direction.
Reaching a hand to him as she approached, Leila said, “I missed you at The Tangled Fleece this morning.”
Jules bowed over her hand with modest reverence. “You missed me?”
Her cheeks pinkened. “Oh, you know what I mean.”
“Yes, I believe I do.” He held her gaze, giving a daring squeeze to her fingers before releasing her hand.
About Paullett Golden
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Paullett Golden is a Houston, Texas native who divides her time between Northumberland, England and her hometown. She has been a university professor for over 20 years. When an oncologist told her she had three months to live, she decided it was time to fulfill her dream of being a novelist. As a survivor, she focuses her attention on writing. Her novels have hit the Top 10 Amazon bestseller lists and won a multitude of literary awards. She loves historical fiction of all kinds as a way to transport us to a different time and place. All research comes from authentic resources of the era and from scholarly and peer-reviewed articles from researchers specializing in the time period. Though she may take liberties with the fictional aspects, she does aim for the fiction to reflect the mores, culture, laws, and environment of the time. When not writing, she can be found in her butterfly garden or on a racetrack.
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