Title: The Weight of Words (Weight of Words #1)
Author: Georgina Guthrie
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Publication Date: November 26, 2013
Cover by: Micha Stone and Amy Brokaw
Aubrey Price is in the final months of her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. Bright, witty and fiercely independent, Aubrey works part-time for the college Dean and has her sights set on graduating with distinction. When she meets Dean Grant’s son, Daniel, the TA in her senior Shakespearean studies course, a shared love of the Bard’s works and an instant mutual attraction draw Aubrey and Daniel together. Unfortunately, a strict anti-fraternizing policy, made more perilous by a black mark on Daniel’s record, keeps them apart.
Against this academic backdrop, Aubrey and Daniel navigate their way through a steamy courtship, their forbidden romance aided, abetted and sometimes thwarted by a colorful cast of friends, family and classmates.
I had very little idea what I was getting into when I started reading this book, but from the first page I was hooked. This book has a decidedly “Easy” meets “Gabriel’s Inferno” feel to it. It doesn’t copy those stories, it is originally its own.
Aubrey is in her last semester at University. In one of her classes she meets Daniel, her hunky TA. She feels drawn to him, but he’s very standoffish and honestly a bit rude. They finally reveal to each other that they have feelings for one
another, but cannot on act on them, as Daniel’s job and his father’s academic reputation are at stake. There are also
secrets that Daniel has from his days at Oxford. Can it work or will the stress tear them apart before they’ve even begun?
As I said, I was hooked on this book and read it in a just over a day. The tension that builds between Daniel and Aubrey is nearly palpable on the page. I got to a point where I was yelling “Just DO IT already!!!!”. It definitely makes for an exercise in patience for the reader. But, I’m also a sucker for the forbidden romance…it’s so exciting and illicit! But the chemistry between Daniel and Aubrey is undeniable and really draws you into their world.
One of the things I enjoyed most about this book was the writing style. It was fluid and had a poetic beauty to it. It is interlaced with quotes from Shakespeare, and I don’t know about you, but I love it when an author parallels their book with a more notable work of fiction. It takes a lot of skill and talent to accomplish this, and it’s evident that this author is skillful. Books like this are the very best of this genre. You won’t be able to put it down, and you will appreciate the beauty of the writing as much as I did, I’m sure. Not to mention, Daniel is tasty. Any red-blooded woman can appreciate that! Go pick this up, peeps! A 4.5 star book for me!
|Georgina Guthrie has been a self-professed book hugger for as long as she can remember. An avid reader and compulsive diarist, she is thrilled to be taking the leap into the world of publishing. GG resides in Toronto, Canada, but she still considers herself a Brit through and through and can often be found roaming the aisles of her favourite British import shop.
A graduate of the University of Toronto where she studied English literature, GG is happy to fill her hours reading and writing, but she’s just as likely to be found enjoying a good film with her husband, dancing around the kitchen with her daughter, or hanging out with friends and family, almost certainly with a glass of red wine in one hand a bag of cheese and onion crisps in the other.
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