"EC2" wrote:Did you think so Misfit? I found it very much akin to some of our meatier UK sagas - written for the romance industry but not the category romance industry. I'd call it a romantic historical in the style of Barbara Taylord Bradford's Woman of Substance - i.e. if you liked that, then you should enjoy The Tea Rose. I think I gave it 4 stars when I read it. One of those curl up with the characters and lose yourself type of books.
I put The Tea Rose in my genre bending category - too much romance for some historical readers and too much history for some romance readers (no offense intended by this remark**) - and when I'm looking for a romance that's the kind of book I reach for.
**Lol, I had joined a historical romance group at Goodreads and when someone asked for new book ideas I suggested some from my Amazon List Books too good to be classified as straight romance and I got a couple of snarky comments about "straight romance" like I was putting them down. How many romance readers have you seen complain about Gellis because she's got so much history they're bored to death. I promptly unjoined that group.