Miss Goodhue Lives for a Night by Kate Noble
Genre: Historical Romance
This novella in Kate Noble’s “Winner Takes All” series is quick and light, though not terribly complex. Cecilia Goodhue is a spinster who lives with her sister and brother-in-law and Theo Hudson is the reason why. He’s also the romantic hero, despite a less-than-stellar history with Cecilia. There aren’t a ton of other interesting characters, in part because a novella’s length doesn’t lend itself to that sort of thing, but there is a subplot that brings them together.
What I liked about this was that despite years apart and loads of resentment toward each other, Cecilia and Theo were able to come together both romantically and in working together toward a common goal. What I didn’t like, though, was that the tension was essentially driven by a misunderstanding caused by two conniving old men. It’s always annoying when the hero and heroine could have had their happily-ever-after years earlier, but for a misunderstanding that could have easily been resolved with a letter or brief visit.
I don’t love novellas, but as I’ve been in a reading slump (and have instead been binge-watching Once Upon a Time on Netflix), this was a good read for me right now. It’s good to get Cecilia’s story, since she does show up in other books in the series, and this was light enough and quick enough to be enjoyable, even with its shortcomings. I gave it three stars and would recommend it if you’re already reading the series anyway. If you’re not, it’s probably not worth the read.
*ARC from Pocket Books via NetGalley