Fairytale romances seem to captivate us- especially unusual pairings. Beauty & The Beast is a perfect example. In 'A Love By Any Measure' Killian McRae presents us with an Irish peasant girl & an English lord.
Maeve & her father live a less than luxurious life. When times become especially tough, the shepherd & his daughter are unable to pay their rent. To avoid eviction, Maeve tries to reason with the landlord, Lord August Grayson. He'd prefer to barter. Striking a most unusual deal, Maeve must spend specified amounts of time with him- whenever he deems fit. The thought sickens her. How can she stomach spending time with a man she loathes?
Their arrangement must remain secret. Maeve's dad would be mortified & she's engaged! As the arrangement progresses, she begins to have feelings for the man she detests. Will love bloom from hate? What will happen if they're found out?
Killian McRae has brought us a romance that crosses many barriers. We have social class (rich vs poor), ethnic (Irish vs English) & gender barriers. She did an expert job of explaining what the ramifications would be for each character. Maeve, though a feisty heroine, must hold back her true feelings due to her place in society.
Although I didn't necessarily approve of someone having to go to such lengths to avoid being homeless, our world is a flawed place.
All in all, 'A Love By Any Measure' is not a bad read. A little dry at times & perhaps a little too wordy in some areas, but still good none the less.
It earns its due place in 4 of 5 stars. I missed it's 'WOW' factor.
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