The Arrangement was the 2nd book I finished in 2023! It was another random grab off the shelf for my bookshelf cleanout (a project that is going to take the rest of my life, I think).
I dove into this book without reading the back cover (because I’m such a rebel). A short way in, I was so caught up by the odd premise that I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue reading it. Due to a case of mistaken identity, the hero plays the role of both himself and his fictional disabled brother. It was a little uncomfortable, to be honest. I pushed through and finished the book anyway.
I honestly feel that this strange premise makes it difficult for me to write a decent review about the book. I think the characters and setting were decently developed, but I can’t say this was my favorite historical romance ever. I feel that it stuck in my mind more because of the oddity of it than anything else. I recommend The Arrangement if you love historical fiction and are looking for a trope you haven’t seen before.
What have you been reading lately? I’d love to know!
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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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