Something Old – Review

by Rebecca Connolly

Publisher : Phase Publishing (April 27, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 282 pages
ISBN-10 : 1952103258
ISBN-13 : 978-1952103254

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From this day forward…

Thomas Granger has been married to his wife Lily for five years. The marriage has been proper, but without much affection, and the fault for that lays squarely on his own shoulders. He married her for her fortune and has hidden his true feelings until he felt redeemed enough to truly love her. Now his fortunes have been salvaged, so he aims to take the next major step in his life: wooing his wife.

Lily has been living with a broken heart from the day she married Thomas. What hope she had for a marriage of love has long faded, and she sees no reason to dream otherwise. When Thomas asks that she come with him to Cornwall to try a new adventure together, she takes the chance on one last hope in finding love in her marriage. Wrapped in the beauties and magic that only Cornwall can provide, she finds new life breathed into her, and into her feelings for her husband.

When their walls come down, when their pretense is gone, will they find the love each of them has sought? Or will the life they have known be all that remains?


Something Old was a unique read for me. Often times marriages during this era were either arranged or due to a love match. This book had a twist on that.

Thomas Granger had feelings for Lily but before he could begin an official courtship he loses his money in a bad investment. Since he was a friend of the family, he asks Lily’s father for her hand so he can use her dowry to repay the losses.

She refused to be a bluebell on the moors, blooming for only a short time and trampled into nothingness.

Not telling Lily what is going on was bad enough, but Thomas decides it is his penance to live without Lily’s love until he can earn back her dowry, and they are financially stable.

While still a closed door book, there was a lot more of the physical side of their relationship in this book. While this is understandable since they are a married couple, I would have liked some more meaningful conversations between them.

She had always been whole as herself, but now she was more. Thomas, and loving Thomas, had given her wings, and now she was learning to fly.

After they learn to communicate with each other, they are able to grow a lot closer. Though there are still sometimes they seem more comfortable confiding in their friends.

Speaking of those friends, I loved Thomas’ group of friends and how they tried to “help” him.

But in her own chambers, she did not want something so perfect, so fine, so cultivated. She wanted the delicate, the wild, the underappreciated, and the natural. She wanted the fragrance that captured being out on the moors and hills, perhaps even standing on the beach with the waves rolling in. She wanted to capture Cornwall in flowers and have a portion of that in her chambers.

Cornwall is a very important location in this book, and I love all the descriptions of it.

I also loved the appearances of some favorite characters from previous books. And there were some new characters in this book that I hope get their own story.

*This book is clean, however, it does have some cursing.

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