I am so thrilled to share this book with you!!! It’s this little hidden gem, and more people need to know about it.
Things to discuss!
Quick, did you like Cissy, Valency, or Barney best as a character?
I am Valency all the way!!!! Cissy is interesting, and Barney is fun, but Valency is deep. I love the way she struggles with her emotions in big ugly tangles like a human, instead of having them all tidy and clear like book people usually do.
Is it too much that Barney is both a secret writer and a secret millionaire? If it could only be one reveal, which would you have picked?
Yes it is too much! I think he should have just been a secret millionaire. It’s an open question as to where his money comes from, that’s built into the whole idea of the outsider who lives in the forest. Making him also a secret writer is just silly, he’s more fun as a bit of a scoundrel with a heart of gold.
Was Valency’s family described as too cruel for you, not cruel enough, or just the right amount of cruel?
I think slightly too cruel for me. I wanted there to be one person in her family who actually related to her, just to show how she grew up capable of love and understanding.
Do you care at all that the premise for the story is featherlight and ridiculous, or are you able to set aside all logic and go “who cares, it’s a romance”?
I am fine with it! So the doctor made a mistake and somehow she didn’t find out for over a year, these things could in theory happen. Whatever, we ended up in a happy place, and that’s all I care about.
Did Valency and Barney actually have sex despite her heart condition?
One of the things that stands out to me about this book is that it comes closer to referencing sex than any other Montgomery book, or any other book I have read from this era! She talks about laying in his arms in the middle of the night and stuff. But they also make such a big plot point about her not being able to have her heart rate increase. So, like, do they just risk death every time they have sex? Or is all that arm-laying purely platonic?
Is there any possible casting besides Parvathy as Valency and Prithviraj as Barney?
No. It’s the only casting that makes any sense.