★★★★ @p_Stormcrow #DearElliot
Daughter of the hired help falls for the son of the Manor is at the heart of this story. P. Stormcrow takes this old theme and makes it fresh and endearing. Full disclosure, I didn't read the blurb. Going in cold, I wasn't sure what to expect. What I found is a heartwarming romance that appeals to the wholesome side of me. For those looking for a feel good romance, this book is for you.
Emma Jones is experiencing a rough patch to her life. Stretched thin with school and work, she does her best to help her mom. Her mother's illness and medical bills only adds to Emma's stress. The last thing she needs is her childhood crush to show up. She does live in his father's house so she can't really kick him out.
What surprised me about this story is how much happens in this novella. P. Stormcrow sets the scene so well, I could see this entire book play out like a movie in my head. In some ways, this romance tugs on my heart strings similar to a few of Nicholas Sparks and Jodi Picoult books. Emma is just barely holding on. With Elliot returning into her life, it reminds her of all the things she loved about him and the ache of his absence. Elliot is also in a low period of his life. He is suffering from not only writer's block but deep depression. The two of them coming together will either end up bringing out the worst of each other and hurting worse or they might just find their spark again.
This is a smooth read with emotional parts. I like how it isn't all rosy and perfect. I like how bad things happen yet there are good people who rise to the occasion to combat evil. I found this contemporary romance more realistic and honest. There is a certain sense of authenticity to this romance that makes it enjoyable. This contemporary romance is recommended to readers who enjoy friends becoming lovers.