This is the story before everything...
Elizabeth knows what’s expected of her, perfection. She’s the daughter of an Earl and expected to marry well, say and do the right things with a smile on her face when inside she’s dying for a chance to escape. Thanks to an inheritance her godmother left her years ago, her chance will come with her next birthday. Her hopes of escape abruptly end when Robert, her childhood nemesis that she hasn't seen in over fourteen years, comes back into her life and does everything he can to drive her out of her mind even as he steals her heart.
He hated her.
At least, he tried to hate her, but it was so damn difficult to hate someone that he couldn't live without. He tried to ignore her, tried to focus on anything but her, but nothing worked. Somehow she made her way into his heart and started to make him want things that he never thought possible, made him smile and laugh even while she drove him out of his mind and started a legacy by turning him into...
Truce is a historical fiction book within the series that explains the Bradford tradition of the fifth anniversary. The plot is similar to Rory and Connor with two people who grew up tormenting each other and hating each other before forming a truce and ending up together. However Robert and Elizabeth grew up in London where it was common for young men to go to boarding school. This means that they had not seen each other for fourteen years and didn’t recognize each other when they are forced into the truce.
Robert and Elizabeth meet at a party after being apart for fourteen years. Neither knew who the other was when they had an improper encounter in the orange grove. That improper encounter led to the need for them to be married quickly. They seemingly hate each other so it is entertaining to see how everything unfolds between them. Do they both finally admit to each other how they feel? Does the supposed tragedy that happened on their wedding night change things forever? Do their families eventually support their choice?
In historic upper class London there were a lot of improprieties and these characters had or did just about all of them. I am a huge fan of historical fiction and love the fact that this series has one. I believe I heard there will be a second. Anyways, I loved learning where the journey started. One thing I do wish we had learned was why the Bradford’s eat so much. From this book it seems that it started with Robert so what is it that has them eating so much. I love the way the characters fight all the things deemed proper for their time and do what they want. It is just a funny, intriguing and spectacularly written book.
I do hope to see another historical book in this series with some other traditions picked up along the way. The Bradford’s are nothing if not traditional. If somebody in their family did it for the first time then it is most likely a tradition. I can’t wait to continue reading about this family of intense and tradition based men (minus Rory of course). Thank you R. L. Mathewson for a series that you never want to put down.
5 tradition starting stars!