Ridley House by Willa Jemhart

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Time for a story with romance, magic, and mystery: a perfect combo!

Kay Rover woke up on a train 75 years ago with no memory of her past or who she is. In the 75 years since, she’s bounced from place to place and job to job, all while appearing to remain 19 years old. Now she finds herself drawn to Ridley House Inn and feels a special connection to the family that used to live there. While she tries to piece together her past, she also attempts to lead a normal life, hold a job, and maybe even make some friends, something’s she been seriously lacking in the last 75 years.

I’m usually not into romances but this one felt well-developed and it didn’t take over the story. Even though it did figure as a important plot point, Kay was mostly devoted to uncovering her own identity. Sometimes the dialogue was a little awkward but most of that played into the period difference between Kay and the modern characters.

One thing that kind of irked me with this period difference was Kay’s opinion of current clothing. The author seemed to use her ‘old’ character as a way to present her own disapproving opinions of today’s fashion, mainly the idea that showing skin is somehow connected to one’s self-worth? This repeatedly popped up throughout the story and the result was that I found Kay less and less relatable. Unfortunately, Kay’s idea of fashion was held as the superior choice while the others were looked down on.

If you can get past Kay’s superiority, this book really is a great read. I just wish the author understood that everyone can make their own choices about fashion; there isn’t one way that everyone has to follow in order to gain respect from their peers.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review



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