Monday, December 12, 2022

Book Review: Goodbye, Earl! by Rose Reynolds

Title: Goodbye, Earl!
Author: Rose Reynolds
Genre: Historical; Romance
Publication Date: October 5th, 2022
Publisher: Dusty Rose Publishing

Roberta “Birdie” Radford is a fashionably independent spinster in the Antebellum South. While the term had a sad connotation to most, she had seen it as a secret freedom only some were lucky enough to achieve. Her younger sister, Annie, is the mirror opposite. She married the most eligible, wealthy bachelor in town, Earl. However, when wedded bliss soon becomes a prison, she tries to leave him.

Their careful plan for Annie is ruined when Earl suspects her intentions. When Birdie finds Annie with Earl’s hands around her throat, slowly killing her, Birdie acts. The sisters say their last goodbye to Earl. Afraid of the ramifications of their crime, the sisters disguise themselves and go on the run.

In rural Arkansas, they rent a cabin with the intent of keeping away from prying eyes. Their entire plan is thrown for a loop when their nosy neighbors take too much of an interest in their lives.


 *I received an advance copy for free and I am leaving this review voluntarily*

Hello Fellow Reader,

So, this was a lot more serious than I thought. I figured a woman dressing up as a man there would have been way more hijinks but there seemed to be a distinct lack of humor, especially since it was advertised as a romantic comedy, but alas I was disappointed. As the book went on it seemed to turn more and more serious. I did enjoy the character of Birdie, I tend to have a soft spot for logical spinsters. 

My least favorite character was Will but I think that is because he's a bit young and dumb. Jack and Annie were okay and I was also disappointed that Jake immediately knew Birdie was a woman but thought that maybe that could add more comedy but it really didn't. The ending did wrap up a bit too quick for my liking especially since they made such a big deal about it.

Overall, just not the romance for me. 

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