Title: A Love That Never Tires
Author: Allyson Jeleyne
Publisher: Fifty Forty Productions
Release Date: November 2014
Length: 367 pages
Series?: Linley & Patrick #1
Genre: Historical Romance
Linley Talbot-Martin is a girl who likes to get her hands dirty. As the daughter of a famous archaeologist, she’s been everywhere and seen everything—except London. When the Talbot-Martin team travels there for her father’s investiture, Linley finally gets her wish. But when the time comes to trade her jodhpurs and work boots for silk gowns and kid gloves, she may be in over her head.
Even though she can out-ride, out-shoot, and outsmart any girl in London society, Linley is destined to be the failure of the season. No one she meets cares about ancient pottery or lost Buddhist texts, and fundraising efforts for future expeditions keep coming up short. If the Talbot-Martin team doesn’t find money soon, they will be out of a job, and Linley will lose everything she holds dear.
Patrick Wolford, Marquess of Kyre (pronounced ‘Keer’), is a man who knows his place. Well-connected and respected, he is everything everyone expects him to be, but beneath his façade, he is as neglected and crumbling as the family estate. Now the strain of keeping up appearances is taking its toll. The smart thing would be to marry the heiress nipping at his heels and be done with it, but when he meets Linley Talbot-Martin, who dares to shake up his seemingly proper world, he must choose between the life he’s always known and one he never dared to dream of.
Set in the early 1900s, Linley Talbot-Martin follows in her father’s footsteps and travels the world and assisting on his expeditions, the only thing she’s ever known. Now that she is grown, the expedition is traveling back to London on a refinancing mission and to receive recognition from the Queen. While there, Linley wants to explore the cultural aspects of London, like the British Museum. Her father, however, has other plans.
For the first time in her life, Linley is having trouble fitting in. She does not meet the textbook socialite answer for a young woman. She is struggling to do as she has always done her whole life. Going where she wishes and speaking her mind are ostracizing her while her aunt is wholeheartedly trying to make the most of her stay (i.e. put her on the marriage mart and take her off successfully).
When Linley met Patrick in Africa, she didn’t know who he was. He was just another individual that seemed very forward-thinking, when in all reality he is a traditionalist. When they meet again in London, Patrick befriends Linley while needing to find a rich heiress to help keep his expansive lands financially sound. Instead, he does something that drastically changes his financial situation and decides to go on the next Talbot-Martin expedition.
Linely Talbot-Martin –
Bedford Talbot-Martin – Linley’s father and a renowned and famous archaeologist
Archie Gwynne – another archaeologist on the Talbot-Martin expedition, close friend to Linley
Reginald – a member of the Talbot-Martin expedition
Schoville – a member of the Talbot-Martin expedition
Patrick Wolford – Marquess of Kyre, the face of everything expected by society, but not able to keep up with the financial demands. He is quietly flailing in life and latches on to the Talbot-Martin expedition after meeting Linley
Berenice Hastings – Bedford’s cousin in London, she is a very proper woman
Real love wasn’t about happy endings. It was about the moments spent together, and what you made of them.
The Highs and Lows
- Inconsistencies. For the time period, there were many things that did not fit well throughout the story. The behavior and remarks of Linley and Patrick at the British Museum were the start of these ill-fitting things. In a time when propriety was still an important aspect of social situations, that seems to be abandoned. This wasn’t an isolated incident, as the behaviors continue and seemed contradictory. Most of the time this was on Linley’s behalf, making everything seem outlandish.
- Explicit Sex Scenes. While I have nothing against explicit sex scenes, these were not old-fashioned to fit the time period. While Patrick expects his wife to be a virgin, Linley acts like a sex-craved modern-day woman.
- Flat Characters. In general, the characters seemed flat. Patrick showed a minuscule amount of growth, but overall I expected more out of the ending.
- Beautiful Descriptive Scenes. I found a lot of fault that kept me from fully investing in the story, but the descriptive scenes were very well written.
I’m still not sure where the author was going with this one.
Recommendation – Buy, Borrow or Skip?
Allyson Jeleyne is an author of Edwardian Era & 1920s adventure/romance novels. She earned an interdisciplinary studies degree in Creative Writing and Journalism from a small, southern liberal arts university while also studying British history & literature in her spare time. When not writing, she enjoys traveling, dancing, and checking things off her bucket list.
She makes her home in the South Carolina lowcountry with her beloved dog, Dollie Madison.