Uncovered by Love by Madeline Ash
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Vera Cole is a passionate sculptor whose dream is to study art in Spain. But when wealthy investor Leeson Stone offers her work at his gallery, her dwindling bank balance forces her to agree.
Leeson is a man who measures himself by financial success, while Vera couldn’t be less interested in material things. And both have secrets they are desperate to hide.
Yet the more time they spend together, the more they struggle to resist the powerful attraction between them.
Knowing the truth would ruin him, Leeson avoids commitment. But when Vera works up the courage to reveal her past, Leeson falls hard for the bravest woman he has ever met. Can two people from very different worlds overcome their fears and learn to trust in love and one another?
A moving, contemporary romance about love against all the odds.
Every once in a while we come across a book that just clicks – it ticks all the boxes of what we feel makes up a perfect story. For me, “Uncovered by Love” was one of these rare finds. I actually had a difficult time writing this review. The book just shines and I encourage you to read it to see why.
Vera is an artist who spends her weekends at a local craft fair. Each piece has purpose and meaning. She sells her art to people who need it – and alters the price to match the buyer.
Leeson is a corporate big wig. He deals with money and doesn’t let anyone get too close. He’s come to the fair to find Vera and ask her a question – will she take over his sister’s gallery?
This could have been your typical ‘bohemian woman meets millionaire’ storyline, but it was so much more. The reader is soon absorbed into scenery and emotion. By page thirty, I didn’t want to put it down and ignored all personal obligations in order to finish it. This title by Madeline Ash is her debut novel. Amazing.
Vera and Leeson both have issues and secrets they are trying to keep. The story is heartwarming and touching without being brutal or tragic. I quickly found myself cheering for these vulnerable characters, getting teary-eyed, and wishing the book went on for 200 additional pages.
Shining aspects of “Uncovered by Love” are the side characters. Ash makes family, friends, and coworkers an integral part of the novel. For me, this added so much. There are many forms of love – desire, loyalty, protectiveness, and admiration. The side characters made Vera and Leeson’s romance all the more special with these additional layers.
Another element nailed by the author is the pacing. The tension, secrets and physical interaction between Vera and Leeson grow with perfect timing.
As you can see, I am not saying too much about the plot. I can’t. There are secrets, things these two are trying to hide and if I said anything, it would spoil it. Just let me say this – “Uncovered by Love” was one of those books that made me question all of my other Five Star reviews. This was, hands down, one of the best romance titles I’ve read in a long time.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley.
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