Title: Swept Off Her Feet
Author: Hester Browne
Release Date: March 8, 2011
Genre: Chick Lit
Rating: 4 out of 5
Evie Nicholson is an antiques appraiser who absolutely loves everything old. She dreams of the past, of days of balls and gentlemen, and loves anything with a story behind it. When she receives the opportunity to appraise a real Scottish castle, Evie is ecstatic. But what she doesn’t expect is that the experience will make her reassess what she has, as well as what she wants.
I really enjoyed Hester Browne’s previous novel The Finishing Touches, so I was eager to pick up her newest book as soon as possible. Evie is an endearing character. Her love for the past is more than just a passion; it’s who she is. When she touches an item, she can feel its history beneath her fingertips. It’s really sweet how much she cares, and although her lectures can grate at times, Evie is very likeable and sympathetic.
However, the other side is also well-represented in this novel – Robert, the heir to the castle whose contents Evie is appraising, doesn’t want the burden. These old houses are expensive to maintain, and his family is out of money. He sees the house as preventing him from being independent and he wants nothing to do with it. It was nice to see both sides to this story, to see the practical aspects juxtaposed against the romantic ones.
Swept Off Her Feet was a sweet, romantic book that fans of chick lit will love. The storyline was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed being immersed in the world of antiques. I look forward to seeing what Hester Browne does next.