Any time an author known for one particular genre “crosses over” to another, fans get nervous!! Joan Wolf has an enthusiastic following for her Regency romances, and when I noticed her newest novel was, in fact, a contemporary romance, I had to wonder if it would be up to her customary high standards.
Well, I’m pleased to report that Silverbridge is a wonderful contemporary romance that kept me spellbound through a long and snowy March day!! Beautiful Tracy Collins, superstar, arrives in England to film a historical movie, and the location shoot is to take place at Silverbridge, the country estate of the Oliver family. Its head, Lord Harry Silverbridge, is single, gorgeous, and as arrogantly stuffy as we could possibly wish for!! But even as he tries to avoid the encroaching moviemakers, we are made aware of his love for his anorexic sister Meg, and his devoted affection for his horses and his estate. Harry is truly everything a 21st century Lord of the Manor should be!
Tracy is not unaware of him – in fact she’s having some strange experiences herself; Silverbridge is a hauntingly beautiful estate, and the perfect site for the filming of a historical romance. But Tracy finds herself seeing scenes that weren’t in the script – scenes of Silverbridge and its residents that she couldn’t possibly imagine! Harry and Tracy rapidly realize that something lies between them, but before they can truly explore their feelings, trouble arrives with a capital T.
I won’t give away any more of this delicious plot, I’ll simply say that the past and the present balance very neatly here – and the depth and complexities involved in this story are extraordinarily well blended with the romance. The characters are wonderful – the kind of people I would enjoy spending time with – and Tracy and Harry are the perfect match! Passionate and loving, each finds a way to give to the other... their warmth and likeability permeate the pages of this tale.
It’s always wonderful to be able to say “..here’s a great book! I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, but it turned out to be a fantastic read!” Congratulations to Joan Wolf for taking her Regency talents and transposing them so seamlessly into a splendid contemporary romance! I loved every minute of it!