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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Forever Phoebe by Chalon Linton is an endearing historical romance novel that follows Phoebe Jamison as she forms an unexpected deep bond with a man she has newly met. When Mr. Franklin Everly first meets Phoebe, he is struck by her beauty and character. He sees her boldness as a beautiful and rare quality. Despite herself, Phoebe warms to the new resident of Somerset. While her heart is drawn to Franklin, her mind reasons she should wait for Mason’s request for courtship. Unlike Franklin, Mason views Phoebe’s feistiness as an impediment to society’s recognition of her as a proper lady. Undeterred by Phoebe’s attraction to Mason, Franklin pursues her, taking any opportunity he gets to prove his love for her.
As Phoebe and Franklin’s story unfolds, a terrifying kidnapper abducts young women in surrounding villages. I loved that the sub-plot introduces another thrilling and unique strand to the novel and heightens the tension in the story. As supporting characters, each of Phoebe’s elder brothers is well developed. They have distinct personalities and they play specific roles in Phoebe’s life. The dialogue within the book is witty and entertaining. Phoebe is not afraid to speak her mind, a trait that earns her praise and sometimes scorn. As the plot progresses, Phoebe grows as a character. She learns the qualities most important to her in the person she accepts to court her. Forever Phoebe by Chalon Linton is a compelling read. It shines for its bold main character, absorbing dialogue, and exciting scenes.