Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Review of Mabel Crowley Book 1 by E.H. Nolan

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Synopsis: "Mabel Crowley, the only child of a wealthy English banker, wants nothing more than to be rid of her last name and wed her first love, stable-boy Charlie Archer, whose own hopes reside in becoming a partner in his father’s livery yard. Her parents forbid the union and whisk the impulsive child away to Bath so that she might forget her troubles. Distraught and vowing that she will never love again, Mabel impulsively accepts a teaching position while on vacation in Bath, certain that this will ensure her spinsterhood and prove her undying love for Charlie. Irene Hartley, a five-year-old student desperately in love with her new teacher, persuades her parents to offer Mabel a position as governess to their growing brood. Her father is Theodore Hartley, the obscenely wealthy and renowned railroad tycoon. Theodore sees how his daughter has grown attached to Mabel, and after his wife dies in childbirth, he makes Mabel an offer of a permanent nature to make his eldest daughter happy. Still madly in love with Charlie, Mabel returns home to find out whether he has carried the same love in his heart in the years they’ve been apart. She finds him boarding a train, in uniform, ready to serve his country in World War I. Will she act once again on impulse, or will she make her decision based on hope for her future? A sweeping romance of love, longing, and the nature of hope, E.H. Nolan’s debut is a moving family saga that probes the deepest recesses of the human heart with subtlety, profound empathy, and prose filled with the emotion of open spaces and words left unsaid. Delving into the nature of sacrifice, family secrets, and the important of keeping promises and honouring commitments, Mabel Crowley captures the essence of the human condition as it delivers a passionate portrait of a life consumed by the power of love."

My Review: I don't know how many books will end up being in this saga but I really appreciate how the author broke it down into manageable books. It is a slow moving story, but that is to be expected of this style of book. I did find Mabel to be a little tedious at first and I had to keep reminding myself that she is a young character. I instantly found Charlie to be intriguing and want to continue to follow his storyline and where it takes me. I also find the situation that Mabel has fallen into to be interesting and I am eager to see how it plays out. I am not super familiar with the time period this book is set in but I find the developments of the world around the characters to be a great historical marker to keep you in the setting. I really enjoyed this book and while you are left off hanging a little bit, I think this book ends well with anticipation for the next book.
My Rating: This is a classic historical romance, so the pacing is a little slow but that is to be expected.  I rather enjoyed the book and the characters. It was really nice to see Mabel mature throughout the book.  I give it a rating of Four Paws.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
You can find out more about E.H. Nolan and her work on her Goodreads Page or Website
You can also obtain your own copy of Mabel Crowley Book 1 in Digital format from Amazon  or Barnes and Noble and it is currently FREE on both sites (as of 3/21/2016)!


  1. I love the cover of this one. It reminds me of the romance books I used to read. So romantic! So it's going to be a big long epic tail?

    1. It is this one was about 200 pages and the author sent me a message back saying there are 5 books in total to Mabel's story (I believe you can purchase it in a single book on amazon as well but it is long).