Title: All the Arts of Hurting
Author: Amelia Faulkner
Published: June 26, 2015
Publisher: Lovelight Press
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Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Lord Duncan Aldham lives somewhat of a charmed life. His mother is concerned that he might be conscripted into the war and is thus aiming to marry him off to a less than desirable woman, but he’s not having it. His head does turn, however, when he meets William Fossett, the new stable hand, and he quickly falls for his new employee. But while Duncan may have some leeway to avoid conscription due to his social standing, William is not nearly as fortunate. And while William is a self-described pacifist, that may not be enough to keep him safe from the war and home long enough to see if a relationship with Duncan might be in the cards.
This was an enjoyable read for me. The characters are fun, and there are definitely some amusing moments. There’s also obviously some very serious moments that demonstrate depth of the characters and even some unexpected twists as well. Duncan and William are an interesting pair, coming from different worlds, but having far more in common than they first expected.
The only thing that kind of stuck with me was that I feel they fell–especially Duncan–way, way too quickly. It didn’t really detract from the overall story, but it was a curiosity that was there for most of my reading.