“La Davina”, opera singer Teresa Foscari, comes to London to perform in the opera house and take a closer look into her English family tree. Teresa has quite a reputation for scandalous liaisons with the wealthy and powerful and a penchant for breaking china. Very few know, however, that the gossip is all untrue (all manufactured for public intrigue by her late husband) and that the most famous of opera singers is, in fact, nearly broke. To make matters worse, Lord Allerton, the man who broke Teresa’s heart years ago, now runs a rival opera house and wants nothing to do with the young woman he once knew. Teresa can’t avoid Allerton, a major player in the opera and social circles, and he is hell bent on thwarting her, never knowing that all her alleged liaisons are false and the diamonds she wears are fakes.
I confess that I am not an enthusiastic fan of the straight romance genre, as it has too little plot for me, and I think this book falls into that category. The opera details and the characters are well drawn, but the plot twists will be surprises to no one who has read a romance novel before. That being said, Ms. Neville does a great job at highlighting secondary characters for flavor: Max’s wily mother, Tessa’s cousin, etc. But no one will miss the time honored romance plot line of misunderstandings, conflict, torrid reunion, another misunderstanding, declaration, and reconciliation. I would probably fall more into the historical romance category where the emphasis is on plot and romance is more of a flavor, but if you want a solid romance novel to get you ready for summer, this is a good choice.
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