Welcome to Must-Get Monday, a blog series where every Monday I’ll showcase a novel that has just released or is releasing soon that I cannot wait to read.
I’m joining up with the lovely Becca at The Becca Files and several other stellar bloggers to showcase these fun upcoming reads. Check out Becca’s site if you want to join along with our Must-Get Monday posts.
This week, I am featuring:
Isabelle and Alexander
by Rebecca Anderson
Shadow Mountain Publishing is one of the BEST publishers in the business today. Their books are SO excellent. And, it feels like with each new book, their authors get better and better. Seriously, they are a quality publisher. I’ve read several stand-alone novels from this publishing group and I have loved everyone. I constantly check their Coming Soon page on their website. When I saw the cover for Isabelle and Alexander my interest was immediately piqued. So I read the back cover and knew instantly that this is a book I have to get my hands on. It sounds devastating and romantic and inspirational. I can’t wait!!!!
About the Book
Isabelle Rackham knows she will not marry for love. Though arranged marriages have fallen out of fashion, hers has been settled for some time to combine the upper-middle-class wealth of her father’s coal mines with Alexander Osgood’s prospering Northern country textile mills. Though not a man prone to romantic gestures, Alexander is well-known as an eligible bachelor. His good looks have turned more than one head, so Isabelle is content to think of herself as Alexander’s wife.
However, her marriage is not what she expected. Northern England is nothing like her home farther west in the lake country. Cold, dreary, and dark, the soot from the textile mills creates a gray hue that seems to cling to everything in the city of Manchester. Alexander is distant and aloof, preferring to spend his time at the mill rather than with her at home. Their few conversations are brief, polite, and lacking any emotion, leaving Isabelle lonely and desperately homesick.
Sensing his wife’s unhappiness, Alexander suggests a trip to his country estate. Isabelle hopes this will be an opportunity to get to know her new husband without the distractions of his business. But the change of scenery doesn’t bring them any closer. While riding together on horses, Alexander is thrown from his and becomes paralyzed. Tragedy or destiny? The help and care that Alexander now needs is Isabelle’s opportunity to forge a connection and create a deep and romantic love where nothing else could.