Never a Road Without a Turning by Rowan McAllister ~ Review by Teresa

I like historical romances and am finding gems all over the place!

NeverARoadWithoutATurningLGTitle: Never a Road Without a Turning, Devil’s Own Luck Spin-off

Author: Rowan McAllister

Publisher: Dreamspinner

My Rating: 4.25 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

When unapologetic rake Phillip “Pip” Stubbs takes a position at Greer cottage, he’s only thinking of a new village to explore, new chits to woo, and hoping for another distraction from the growing restlessness inside him. But when the new master arrives, Pip ends up more unsettled than ever.

Major Astley McNalty is a wealthy retired surgeon, soldier, and world traveler. Despite the injury that has left him lame, the gentleman has everything a common servant like Pip could ever wish for, and yet he spends his nights in drunken brooding and his days in solitary melancholy. He’s a mystery to Pip, so when the major defies convention and asks Pip to read to him at night, Pip gladly accepts for a chance to spend his winter evenings by the library fire and perhaps satisfy his curiosity. Until one night, while thoroughly drunk, the major kisses Pip and changes everything between them.

Fear of discovery, fear of repeating the past, and secrets on both sides threaten their burgeoning connection. They must learn to trust one another if they have any hope of finding a safe path to a future together.

My View

Never a Road Without a Turning was a sweet story about finding your future and accepting your lot in life. These seem like different concepts – either you accept who and what you are and deal with it, or you make your future what you want, but sometimes you need to first do one before you can do the other.

Pip came from nothing and although has the means to better his life, doesn’t really feel he should go above his station and is more comfortable as a farm hand than a bookkeeper or secretary. Major McNalty is back from the war injured and although he has means, does not use his station to gain anything. He seems to want a quiet life.

Though very different, these two men find common ground and forge a connection in an era where their kind are not well looked upon.

I liked Pip and his carefree attitude and I also liked that Ash looked beyond Pip’s surface to his heart. The story was well told and I found the characters multidimensional and interesting. The time period is well represented and the issue of male romance was handled well, in my opinion.

I haven’t read Devil’s Own Luck, the story from which this is a spin off, but I am intrigued by Mr Carey & Mr Carruther’s characters and will look in to that book as well.

Buy Links:

Amazon US
Amazon UK
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Barnes & Noble

I would like to thank Dreamspinner for providing me with the eRC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.


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