When a bomb explosion thrusts Victoria Ashton backward in time to 1897, she’s forced to impersonate the Countess of Guildford. Despite Victoria’s attempts to convince the earl she’s not his wife, her counterpart’s infidelity, lies, and ill-tempered personality makes the task almost impossible. Worse, Victoria finds herself falling in love with a man who loathes her. Only when the earl learns to trust her does she realize her future lies in the past. But love always comes at a price, and she must make a painful sacrifice in order for them to be together.
Her love is what will save him
Nicholas Thornhill, Earl of Guildford has been searching for his missing wife for three weeks. Rumors of him being guilty of murder make him unwilling to believe his wife’s latest in a multitude of lies. But the changes in Victoria continuously surprise him. Despite his best intentions, he finds the contempt he once felt for his wife turning into something deeper and stronger. But when danger threatens to separate them forever, he must forge a bond with her that crosses the boundaries of time.
A passion to last forever
Forever Mine is a story that begins in the present day at an art gallery where Victoria is interested in purchasing a painting of a lovely house. An explosion occurs leaving her lying in a coma. Nick, who was present, is confused as Victoria is the double of the long deceased Countess of Guildford whose portrait has always fascinated him. His need to discover more, sends him to Victoria's bedside where he keeps vigil hoping against hope that she will wake up. Nick becomes obsessed with the beautiful, young stranger and yet he can't help but feel he knows her and so he stays at her side but unbeknown to Nick, Victoria is further away than he realises!
Victoria opens her eyes to find herself in the past and not only is she having hallucinations about being married to Nicholas, the Earl of Guildford, but her husband clearly hates her! What is happening? How can they not see it's all a hideous mistake? Victoria cannot decide if she is dreaming or not, but of one thing she's sure, she is not the wife of Nicholas, although there's clearly a connection between them. As Victoria spends more time with Nicholas, it's obvious something nefarious has happened to his wife but everyone believes a head injury is the cause of Victoria’s unusual behaviour and sometimes she is not that sure herself anymore. As secrets slowly unfold, danger is creeping ever closer and Victoria is directly in its path; but is any of it real or just a nightmare?
I really enjoyed Forever Mine. It's an oddity in some ways as Ms Burns gives the reader two clearly separate timelines to follow but it's seamlessly done and very easy to understand. To be truthful, most of the action transpires in the past but the scenes set in the present day do lend themselves quite well to fleshing out the plot. I had absolutely no idea how the author would end this story as it was quite a feat to come up with an ending that felt fair to all the characters. Suffice to say as the story meandered to a close, it still didn't have a cut and dried, easy answer for the reader to discover. The ending is full of surprises. There was always going to have to be a loser in all of this, but the epilogue had me in tears. Yes, I readily admit it, I am a hopeless romantic and I'm not ashamed of it. My first book by Ms Burns, but most definitely not my last!