Set in the 1880s, Beguile me not is a story about 27 year old Anna Brown who comes from a wealthy and respected family in Auckland, New Zealand At a ball she meets Alexander Ivanovsky, a struggling artist who confesses his love for her Anna is engaged to Reverend Norris Sleighman, an arranged match she is not particularly happy about because she does not love the man Then Ivanovsky has a sailing accident and re enters her life, and their love begins to blossom Odelia Floris is a talented wri Set in the 1880s, Beguile me not is a story about 27 year old Anna Brown who comes from a wealthy and respected family in Auckland, New Zealand At a ball she meets Alexander Ivanovsky, a struggling artist who confesses his love for her Anna is engaged to Reverend Norris Sleighman, an arranged match she is not particularly happy about because she does not love the man Then Ivanovsky has a sailing accident and re enters her life, and their love begins to blossom Odelia Floris is a talented writer, she takes the reader on an enjoyable journey back in time when women were fashionably feminine and not ashamed to show it Ivanovsky is the perfect gentleman, an antithesis to Sleighman, who just can t get it right The book shows that love is timeless, it is ideal for those who love a story weaved with good old fashioned romance Being one of them, I certainly enjoyed it I found this to be a wonderful story set in the late 1800s of New Zealand The main character, Anna, struggles throughout the story to decide if she will follow the traditions and obligations set in stone for women during those years or follow her heart There will be sacrifices to endure no matter which path she takes pros and cons no matter her direction Which will she choose and what will she give up You ll have to read to find out I m definitely glad I did This was a nice little romance with a society miss and a Russian artist But the best character is the country of New Zealand itself In describing the land, Ms Floris does for colonial NZ what Margaret Way did for Australia and the descriptions are beautiful and fascinating. I have to admit that when I first started this read I thought, Oh noI m not going to like Anna the main character She appeared to be a spoiled, stuck up snob, and I feared it would take a miracle to endear her to me Wellit happened I soon began rooting for Anna liking her, even and before I knew it I loved her and the miracle that allowed my change of heart was this author s incredible writing I am in awe I think Anna written by any other hand would have easily remained I have to admit that when I first started this read I thought, Oh noI m not going to like Anna the main character She appeared to be a spoiled, stuck up snob, and I feared it would take a miracle to endear her to me Wellit happened I soon began rooting for Anna liking her, even and before I knew it I loved her and the miracle that allowed my change of heart was this author s incredible writing I am in awe I think Anna written by any other hand would have easily remained the annoying, unlikable young woman I first mistook her for Ms Floris was able to weave a beautiful historical romance while remaining TRUE to historic themes that other HR authors tend to avoid or glaze over like the true weight of familial pressure, the crutch of substance abuse, the prevalence of sexual discrimination, etc This story muchthan a simple romance, entailed an honest, realistic struggle for courage and strength These attributes are not easily come by, and the journey is not typically very pretty The ability of Ms Floris to tell an honest tale of character growth, while simultaneously gifting us with a touching love story in a setting described with the adoring touch of a poet is all testament to her superb writing ability I particularly appreciated Sasha s character, and his ever patient, tender love for Anna There were a few occasions when I found myself growing weary of Anna s faltering strength, and it never failed that Sasha s calm, careful response to her antics would remind me of the massive obstacles Anna was working to overcome Then I d be right back to cheering for her success As a side note, the epilogue offered me a good laugh out loud, with the battle of The Stove vs Table Brilliant Thank you for the laugh, but a heartfelt thank you for the lesson reminder offered in the most beautiful way that women in years past and even some today strong, independent, intelligent women had have to overcome the very real and challenging obstacles of societal expectation and family obligationand that patient, understanding love was and still is the best weapon He came She saw He conqueredIt happened one hot, moonlit midsummer night at a ball in Auckland, New Zealand,Miss Anna Brown walked out onto the terrace and into arrestingly beautiful Russian artist Sasha Ivanovsky He is unconventional, unfettered, adventurous, dangerously bohemian everything she is not, everything she fears But she is bewitched His eyes dark, mysterious, smoulderingly passionate burn into her mind, into her heart, into her very soul Unthinkingly, she dances the night away with him When dawn breaks, it brings with it the cold light of reality Ivanovsky is not wealthy, not well bred, not respectable, not suitable, not safe Anna s carefree exhibition on the dance floor has set the tongues of society wagging, and she cannot bear it With one glance from his dark eyes, he stole her heart away on that fateful midsummer night But she is desperately determined that he will not steal away her body and soul too A resistance must be mounted Her rebel heart must be subdued, and all thoughts of doomed, dangerous loves locked away But is forgetting such a man, such a love, impossible The flame of love he ignited in her heart will not extinguish Drop by drop she can feel herself melting away Soon there might be nothing left of her But the sea has a gift for Anna Something dangerous Something forbidden Something that threatens to wreck her Content A sweet romance with no strong language or graphic sexual content STORY LINE, BEGUILE ME NOT Author Odelia Floris has penned an emotional roller coaster ride in Beguile Me Not Set in 1884 Auckland, New Zealand, Ms Floris takes you into the wealthy ballrooms and lives of society Anna Brown, older than the usual husband hunting miss, finds herself oncein the crowded ballrooms However, what she finds on this night will change her perceptions forever Fate has stepped in and placed Russian artist Sasha Ivanovsky in her path.However, Anna knows Sasha is n STORY LINE, BEGUILE ME NOT Author Odelia Floris has penned an emotional roller coaster ride in Beguile Me Not Set in 1884 Auckland, New Zealand, Ms Floris takes you into the wealthy ballrooms and lives of society Anna Brown, older than the usual husband hunting miss, finds herself oncein the crowded ballrooms However, what she finds on this night will change her perceptions forever Fate has stepped in and placed Russian artist Sasha Ivanovsky in her path.However, Anna knows Sasha is not proper society a painter, poor, bohemian, handsome, and fascinating, she finds herself enthralled After dancing all night with Sasha, determined to remove him from her mind and heart, Anna tries to forget him Anna must find a proper husband, and live the upright society life destined for her The life ingrained into her person and which rules her destiny However, her behavior has set societies tongues wagging Sent to her sister at Grave Station by her parents, fate throws another wrench into Anna s life.A first rate historical romance, come along with Anna as life throws unexpected challenges and a sea storm blows her well planned life apart Will Anna succeed in her quest for the proper society husband and lead a boring ordinary life or does fate have a different scenario in store Grab a cup of tea, have a seat, and enjoy a few hours of wonderful entertainment.CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT Without a doubt, Ms Floris crafted an epic love story filled with agony and ecstasy Odelia Floris kept the emotion in this story at high peak as she leads you from the highest highs to the lowest lows Further this story line has many plots and is multi faceted Ms Floris brought all the pieces together and created a character driven historical romance.As in her other works, Beguile Me Not, contains descriptions and prose which grab the reader Without a doubt, Beguile Me Not transported me into New Zealand I walked on the arid soil I could see the color of the leaves and smell the sea from her vivid descriptions Most importantly, I could feel the emotions driving the characters Ms Floris has mastered the art of story telling.With writing skill, Ms Floris ably shows people who love us do not see us as we see ourselves Those which love us, see from the heart, not from the eye Ms Floris skillfully portrayed the importance of finding what really matters in life and the pain of change Does Anna have the courage to step out from societies standards and grab life with both hands Will Anna ever grow from the spoiled little rich girl governed by rules and society Will she buck the system or bend under pressure At time I wanted to shake Anna until her eyes rolled I wanted to yell, grow up little girl I found Ms Floris interpretation and portrayal of societies attitude towards men and their occupation skillful Painters of this time period, considered lowly and bohemian, stood outside society While a Reverend, considered a solid citizen, worthy of inclusion into the family circle and bloodline, stood within society.Further, I found the story line solid, characters well developed, and pacing consistent with the length of the book Ms Floris writing style is clear and easy to follow Also, Ms Floris did not use fluff or sex to add to the page count Ms Floris included everything need to create an enjoyable story and did so skillfully I found the epilogue one of the best I have read for some time sweet, funny, and insightful In conclusion, I would not hesitate to buy this book for myself or a friend.BEGUILE ME NOT RECOMMENDATION STARS 4.5I found Beguile Me Not enjoyable and entertaining An epic historical romance which will grab you immediately and hold your attention until the last page Suitable for young adults and adults, I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys historical romances filled with emotion Without a doubt, well worth your time and purchase.Finally, I received this book by way of the author in return for an honest book review All book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author s opinion Consequently, all book reviews on line and on my blog under my name are my opinion This is a lively and satirical look at three main characters, Anna the spinster with a spiffily upturned nose, Sleighman the troglodyte intended as her groom after many failed social campaigns in the city , and the impossibly romantic Russian, Ivanovsky Written in a slashing style, these three characters strike me as caricatures of the types Of Anna herself, I must say it is impossible to believe that she loves Ivanovsky She propositions him with calculation and in desperation but with no This is a lively and satirical look at three main characters, Anna the spinster with a spiffily upturned nose, Sleighman the troglodyte intended as her groom after many failed social campaigns in the city , and the impossibly romantic Russian, Ivanovsky Written in a slashing style, these three characters strike me as caricatures of the types Of Anna herself, I must say it is impossible to believe that she loves Ivanovsky She propositions him with calculation and in desperation but with no apparent emotion or passion.Between the Anna who was too aghast at the thought of her own high class blood mixing with that of peasants and gypsies to the one who says I am a nomad now, my home is where my heart is, and I shall lay down to sleep wherever love is there to watch over me there seems an impossibly broad gulf What character development the author intended must now be compressed into the remaining forty pages out of two hundred and ninety.Only the country twins appear genuinely alive, although they use language that does not ring true to me for late nineteenth century New Zealand The hero of this book, Sasha Ivanovsky, is a romantic, sweet, extremely patient artist who falls in love with a woman who desperately needs him, even though she doesn t know it I enjoyed Mr Ivanovsky At every turn he was a gentleman yet full of passion You feel as though the main character, Anna, is totally undeserving of him He is too good for her even though she is the one higher in society Anna is not a lovable character yet you can t help routing for her You want her to have a happy e The hero of this book, Sasha Ivanovsky, is a romantic, sweet, extremely patient artist who falls in love with a woman who desperately needs him, even though she doesn t know it I enjoyed Mr Ivanovsky At every turn he was a gentleman yet full of passion You feel as though the main character, Anna, is totally undeserving of him He is too good for her even though she is the one higher in society Anna is not a lovable character yet you can t help routing for her You want her to have a happy ending because she is so miserable I haven t read historical romance in a while, as I ve been reading mostly contemporary and paranormal lately, but I really enjoyed this book I recommend to anyone who enjoys Regency romance I had to think a while to adequately describe this book It s a historical romance, but it s so very different I can honestly say I ve never read anything like it It s language skirts a modern feel at times, probably by design The characters are very, very real.Gotta say a word about one aspect of her characterizations Drug use among women in the era was commonplace Almost expected This book takes a stark reality and exposes it for these women trapped in horrible marriages, unable to DO an I had to think a while to adequately describe this book It s a historical romance, but it s so very different I can honestly say I ve never read anything like it It s language skirts a modern feel at times, probably by design The characters are very, very real.Gotta say a word about one aspect of her characterizations Drug use among women in the era was commonplace Almost expected This book takes a stark reality and exposes it for these women trapped in horrible marriages, unable to DO anything about the state of their lives, and probably depressed out of their minds She does an incredible job here painting this harsh reality and making you think about it Really well done Beguile Me Not is a great book that I enjoyed from the first page to the last Its story is very captivating and has a great atmosphere about it I found the story to be very endearing as well as the author s writing style I enjoyed the little things about the book, such as the illustrations for each chapter and the creatively unique fonts when the characters write each other letters Fantastic I was given a free copy in exchange of an honest review