Kiss Me Forever
Rosemary Laurey
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Kiss Me Forever
Rosemary Laurey
336 pages
May 2010
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Kiss Me Forever is an enjoyable tale set in an English village. Its American heroine, Dixie LePage, inherits a house and money from some English aunts and goes to see about her property. Her initial plan is to just sell up and leave, but she finds herself dragged into some strange goings-on in the village of Bringham - and she is particularly struck by the handsome Christopher Marlowe, who seems to know a fair bit about his namesake from Shakespeare’s time. As darker events unfurl, Dixie has to fight against threats to herself and those she has come to love.

The meat of this book lies in its setting - the quaint English village of Bringham. The author originally came from England and it comes through in her writing, which is mostly accurate (apart from a few howlers such as describing a meal as “jacket potato and shrimps,” when we would say “jacket potato and prawns”). As an Englishwoman, I also found some of the behavior of random people in the story inauthentic. Dixie seems to be surrounded by people exclaiming about her being American and asking her about her life, whereas in reality I think we just let people get on with their lives whatever their nationality and certainly don’t get excited about it. The author hasn’t quite remembered the reserve of the Brits and the way in which it plays out with visitors.

However, it is a good read and not entirely predictable. Although the ‘baddie’ doesn't quite convince and a fair amount of the events with regard to the witches coven aren’t explained, the love story itself is reasonably well done. I finished Kiss Me Forever feeling that hero and heroine would be happy together, but I didn’t find myself gripped by this book as much as I can be by others.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Helen Hancox, 2010

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