Not great, but not bad either. New World, New Love is the story of Louise de Vailly, a refugee from the French Revolution, as she arrives in New York with her sister Delphine. Although recently widowed, her marriage had not been a happy one and Louise is ready to strike out on her own and establish her independence, but self-centered Delphine would rather let themselves be supported by wealthy friends and fellow refugees. Louise also meets two men she is attracted to – silk merchant Daniel Lombard and Doctor Charles Noiret – but due to her previous disastrous marriage she keeps them both at arms length. When she is finally able to establish a successful career at millinery and commit to a marriage the changes in French politics facilitates a surprise return from her past that forces Louise to return to France and her family’s estate and leave her newly found happiness behind her.
Other than that, this is pretty much the standard Rosalind Laker formula. Beautiful woman strikes out for a career and financial independence against all odds, finds true love that wins out in the end all of which is set in an historical setting and well sprinkled with historical details and facts to give the reader a good sense of time and place. Definitely not Laker’s best book (that would be To Dance With Kings), but I would only recommend this for die hard Laker fans or for those looking for a light, easy read. I was going to give this 3.5 stars, but the abrupt ending left me wanting just a few more pages to round the story out — all those near misses just for that!!!