My rating: 4 stars / I really liked it
From USA Today bestselling author Annette Lyon comes a captivating historical novella. In 1905 Shelley, Idaho, Della Stafford hates being a farm girl in a tiny town. She’ll do anything to live in a big city and experience real city life. Her only regret is that leaving town also means leaving Joseph behind, the young man who makes her heart flutter. But she's convinced that moving away is for the best; her dreams and Joseph's dreams are too dissimilar. So Della takes a job as a maid in Los Angeles, where she learns that what she thought would make her happy and what really will are totally different things.
PERFECTLY IMPERFECT originally appeared in the best-selling and award-winning Timeless Romance Anthology series's OLD WEST collection, under the title A SWEETEST TASTE.
Della is perfectly starry-eyed over big city life and at first it seemed like Joseph cared more for her than she for him. It was so sad to see him disappointed when Della rejected him for the opportunity to fulfill her dream. While working in the city she can't help but compare the reality of her situation with her life back home. I thought she was a strong enough person to be able to endure the trials she encountered, but what really matters is where her priorities are. As the story progressed she focused more on Joseph and the life and love she could have had with him. I think it was important for her to be able to have the experience she did so that when she made her decision she wouldn't have regrets over what she might have missed. Either way there is risk involved, but fortunately Della was able to choose her path before it was too late for a happy ending.
(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)