You know that feeling when you read an amazing book that completely transports you to another time and place, and then you find out there’s going to be a sequel? And then you read the sequel and find out it’s just as amazing as the first? And then that happens all over again? And then again?
It’s a wonderful feeling, and it keeps happening every time I pick up the latest book in Susie Murphy’s A Matter of Class series! The most recent release is book 4, A Class Coveted, and it’s no less enticing than the first three.
The series follows the love story of Bridget and Cormac, two halves of the same soul who must constantly find ways to be together even as the world and society constantly try to tear them apart. Murphy creates such deep, involved characters that you feel as though you know them personally, and you struggle right alongside them as they deal with building their future in a new country while still grappling with their past.
From the back cover:
Their choices have shackled her dreams…
It’s 1836, and Bridget and Cormac have arrived, full of hope, to the city of Boston with their growing family. However, as they adjust to domestic life together for the first time, they face anti-Irish sentiment from the local Americans, as well as a threat to their happiness from a much closer source.
Cormac undertakes the challenging search for his missing sister, Bronagh. He is determined to do all he can to put the broken pieces of his family back together, but the appalling truth he uncovers will shake him to his core.
Meanwhile, as Emily grows up in this new country, she realises how her parents’ past actions will affect her entire future and she begins to covet that which is no longer within her reach. When she receives an unexpected proposition, will she be able to resist its temptation, despite the untrustworthy nature of the person behind it?
Often in my book reviews, I break it down into what I love and what I’m not so crazy about. The thing is, there’s really only one category here! I love it all! This entire series is historical romance at its best. It’s Outlander without the time travel, except that I’m absolutely traveling back in time while I read it. I can honestly say I squeal with delight every time I find out there’s another installment coming, and Susie has already announced that there will be a fifth book! The series is also being released as audiobooks, which is really exciting!
I highly recommend A Class Coveted to anyone who enjoys living in the past for a while and getting caught up in a sweeping romance that will stand the test of time.
Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois. She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University. Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside Detective. Her short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous. Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world. You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.
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