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Dearest Josephine by Caroline George ~ Review

Title: Dearest Josephine
Author: Caroline George
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: February 2nd, 2021
Number of Pages: 384
Version Read: Kindle ebook
Buy: Amazon

Synopsis: 2020: Chocolate and Earl Grey tea can’t fix Josie De Clare’s horrible year. She mourned the death of her father and suffered a teen-life crisis, which delayed her university plans. But when her father’s will reveals a family-owned property in Northern England, Josie leaves London to find clarity at the secluded manor house. While exploring the estate, she discovers two-hundred-year-old love letters written by an elusive novelist, all addressed to someone named Josephine. And then she discovers a novel in which it seems like she’s the heroine…

1820: Novelist Elias Roch loves a woman he can never be with. Born the bastard son to a nobleman and cast out from society, Elias seeks refuge in his mind with the quirky heroine who draws him into a fantasy world of scandal, betrayal, and unconditional love. Convinced she’s his soulmate, Elias writes letters to her, all of which divulge the tragedy and trials of his personal life.

As fiction blurs into reality, Josie and Elias must decide: How does one live if love can’t wait? Separated by two hundred years, they fight against time to find each other in a story of her, him, and the novel written by the man who loves her.

My Review: So I barely know how I'm going to articulate how this book made me feel but I'm going to try. I went into this thinking it was going to be a time travel romance but it turned out to not be that. This novel is told through letters, emails, and text messages. You do get to read a full-length novel within this novel too. I was really rooting for Elias and Josie to meet and live out a love story but alas it was not to be. One of the things that got me though is how Elias' friend Lorelei basically lived with him for a long time and she wasn't considered ruined at all. Please do your research authors if you're going to write about another time period. 

I like the fact that both Elias and Josie ended up with people they love very much but I really would have loved to see them somehow get together. I know they lived in two time periods but time travel has been done before in books. I definitely recommend this book if you love star-crossed lovers. 

Rating: 4 stars

*I received an advanced copy from the publisher and NetGalley. All opinions are my own. 
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