cover image Forever, Phoebe

Forever, Phoebe

Chalon Linton. Covenant Communications, $15.99 trade paper (224p) ISBN 978-1-5244-1688-1

Linton follows Escape to Everly Manor with this enticing Regency romance set in Somerset, England. Eighteen-year-old Phoebe Jamison aspires to be a proper lady in hopes of attracting the attention of William Mason, a friend of one of her brothers, who sees Phoebe as a little sister, not a romantic prospect. In contrast, Franklin Everly, the recent inheritor of nearby Ravencrest, is immediately drawn to Phoebe’s fiery red hair and affable demeanor. When Franklin wins a wager against Phoebe’s three older brothers, it leads to him spending more time with the Jamison family, and as he becomes increasingly attracted to Phoebe he makes known his desire to court her. Though Phoebe still pines for William, she can’t deny she’s drawn to Franklin—especially after he risks his own life to save her from a horseback riding accident. And when a kidnapper known as the Bride Snatcher targets Phoebe’s friend Hannah, Phoebe is determined to rescue her, while Franklin will do whatever it takes to keep Phoebe safe. Linton’s appreciation for Jane Austen’s England shines through as the witty, intelligent characters navigate the strict rules of their society. This fast-paced, heartfelt romance is a treat. (Feb.)