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From international bestselling author Laura Florand:
Tristan Rosier might have asked Malorie Monsard to marry him when he was five years old, but things had only gone downhill from there. She’d spent the rest of their lives ignoring him, abandoning him, and destroying his perfumes. Now she was back, to wreak who knew what havoc on his life.
Tristan might choose to dismiss the generations-long enmity between their two families, but Malorie didn’t have that privilege. Like all the other privileges wealthy, gorgeous Tristan took for granted that she couldn’t. But if she was going to restore her family company to glory, she might just need his help.
Or the perfect match?
They’d known each other all their lives. Could these childhood friends and lifelong enemies ever uncross their stars and find happily ever after?
Man Laura Florand's books are simply wonderful to read. I don't know how she does it, but she always writes the most beautiful stories that are like a balm for my soul. So soothing and make me so happy. If I need to be wrapped up in the warm and fuzzy, need some comforting, need some awakening of all of my senses, then Florand is the one to read. The way her characters see the world and think about things? I wish I had that. I wish that was the world the way I perceived it. It sounds magical and marvelous and makes me want things I don't even like. Every time I start one of her books I know I have to have the time to finish it as I get so drawn into her world I don't realize how much time has passed. I fall in love with the characters, the places, the things that are important to them. I want it all. And as the pages start dwindling I start to get sad because that means I am about out of time with these wonderful people. I am about done with their story and I never want it to end. I love Laura Florand and her books, and this one was no exception.
A Crown of Bitter Orange was a wonderful read. Tristan and Malorie have known each other their whole life. Tristan is a Rosier and Malorie a Monsard. A Monsard whose father used people all the time to try and make it seem like he had it all, who didn't care about hurting Malorie or her mother or anyone. A father who was not good, but then again a lot of her family's history is not so good. They used to be something in the region until they ruined themselves with their sordid past. Malorie feels the weight of everything those before her did. Even though she is so sweet, so kind, she can't get out from under what her relatives did. She never feels like she could fit in where she grew up, so she just left one day. She left and made something of herself, but now she is back to settle a few things. What should she do with her family's run-down storefront? Should she sell it and go back to her life far away, or should she stay and fix it up and try to make Monsard a good name again? Try to make it something to be proud of instead of a weight keeping her down?
Tristan was so wonderful. I love love loved him! He is incredibly smart, but people don't often see that as he has too much energy. He can't sit still and school was very difficult for him. He is constantly being told that the way he is is not right and he needs to try and be different, but he can't. He doesn't know how. Oh, Tristan was wonderful! He has always like Malorie, always tried to get her to notice him, but she never does. He tries and tries, but she doesn't seem to care about him at all. When she shows up in town again he is unsure at first what to do. He still likes her, maybe even loves her, but can he win her over? Can he get her to take a chance on him?
These two. Malorie has this image of Tristan that is not completely true. She always saw him as a ladies man, as someone who just wants her to like him because he needs everyone to. She never realizes what he is really trying to do. That he cares for her. She always saw them as enemies, but that is not completely true. She likes him even when she doesn't want to. Oh, these two. I loved watching them circle around what they both want. I loved watching them try to figure it all out and see if they can get to that happily ever after. Tristan and his perfumes and Malorie and her numbers. She hurts him at times when she doesn't even know, but he does the same. He doesn't know what her life and her own expectations she puts on herself is like. They both have some learning to do about the other, but I loved watching them come together. They were so sweet and wonderful!
This book was a fantastic read. Tristan and Malorie are so sweet together I loved it. They love to rile each other up, but beneath it all there is genuine care for the other. They just have to see that and figure out how to make this work between them. Another fantastic read by this author.
*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2