Till there was you – S Anne Gardner

Till there was youJulia is the local landowner and powerhouse, used to getting her way. She lives in a controlled world where everybody jumps at the sound of her voice and she is one hundred percent in charge. Sterile and angry she has locked herself away from pain.

Teddy is the new neighbor. Straight, but unhappy in a loveless marriage and trying to find herself. She dreams of the one great love that has never materialized.

They meet out riding and the world changes. For Julia it is a question of whether she can let herself feel, or has she buried emotions too deep. For Teddy it’s more of a need to hold onto herself before she is completely swept away.


This is well written and the characters are interesting. The plot is familiar but different enough.

What makes this stand out is the melodrama. Like the cover it feels more like a bodice wrencher than a contemporary romance. More Georgette Heyer than Katherine V Forrest.

Julia takes the role of the lord of the manor, high and mighty, used to getting whatever they want and instant obedience. Teddy the damsel in distress.

I liked it, but it was a little too much for me. Too intense, too dramatic, too tumultuous. It is fast and furious, and the plot and characters hold up well, but the whole thing felt just a little too extreme. From brooding beauty on her stallion to gun touting confrontations with the ex girlfriend just a little OTT

I will try another of her books without a doubt, but no sure I will re-read this one.

Product info:

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • First published 2011
  • Publisher: Affinity E Book Press NZ (15 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594933014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594933011
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