And it's not just the cover that got better. Or even the fact it is now available in paperback. The impossibly tragic and beautiful love story of Tess and Greg grew into this even better story about redemption, and in the end, family. I felt with Tess every peak and valley. She got into my heart and the confusion and doubt, along with her awaking independence, was described so perfectly and honestly you had to love her. She was such a mess at times I found myself loving Greg even more for continuing to pursue her.
And Greg. Could a French Prince get any better. He is made for romance novels. Gorgeous, mysterious, royalty, but still down to earth and approachable. The way he is written makes his existence so plausible you get wrapped up in him right along with Tess. I liked him even better this time around. The subtle additions to the story line deepened his character and provided just a tad bit more back story for him. Making his family come alive and his situation with the people of Calumor France more understandable.
The supporting cast of characters, and the twist that comes at you out of nowhere, separates this from other romance novels . The fairy tale is not all roses and diamonds. The people are real, the emotions are high, and at the end it brings home the message that family is who we surround ourselves with. Not necessarily who we are related to.