Ten years, the Atlantic Ocean, and several rungs in society have kept Xavier Cain from having Sophia Montel. Now twenty-seven, he’s spent his entire adult life building a fashion empire that could finally prove his worth to her family. When fate reunites him with Sophia at London’s premiere fashion show, one problem lodges in Xavier’s path: Sophia doesn’t remember him. The only obstacle that has kept Sophia from Xavier is a horrific car crash that erased her memory at seventeen. She’s spent the last ten years fighting to reclaim a sliver of her past that her mother refuses to help her remember. When Sophia meets Xavier at the London show, however, all her fantasies come to life in one night of passion. Discovering he is the missing link, she is determined to find all the pieces to their love story and her memory. Xavier wants forever. Sophia wants her memory. If they take this chance, they’ll have to start over. How far are they willing to go to get what they want? And when the past catches up to them, can they handle the truths it has hidden?
I was intrigued to read this debut novel, Recaptured Dreams written by Justine Dell, I love to see what new authors have between their pages. What would this story be and where in the fantasy world would it take me?
This story had a Cinderella type feel to it, from the rages to riches Xavier Cain, and his social climb as a New York fashion designer, to Sophia Montel, daughter of a mean London countess that is unwilling to help Sophia with a forgotten past. It’s all the elements of a good fairy tale.
The story originated ten years prior in their teens but after a terrible accident that wipes Sophia’s memories clean she no longer remembers their story or their love. Ten years of never giving up on his one true love, Xavier, finally finds his Sophia, at a London fashion show and this time he would not be letting her go, even when he finds out she no longer remembers him.
It all starts with a very hot fling between these two, that will have you fanning yourself, until you find out there is so much more to this story, all the emotions and angst will keep you turning the page to see where it will lead next. It would seem there is always an obstacle in poor Sophia and Xavier’s way, from the evil Mother and Grandmother meddling in Sophia’s life, to the great secret that everyone kept hidden. I personally just had to know how this would pan out; it was the impossible becoming the possible. And it had me biting my nails.
I did feel there were a few dead spots in the beginning, that, I thought, could be more about me not getting to the story from ten years ago fast enough, than anything else. A few places fell short for me but I did feel for both characters and kept rooting for them during every crazy turn. All in all a good read, well done Justine Dell, on your debut and I look forward to reading more from you in the future.