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Castles in the Clouds was a pleasant read, with interesting historical details and multiple storylines to keep my interest. While Anson and Lark were the main characters, it wasn't hard to get to know the other members of the story. They were all well developed and unique, each having very realistic and relatable stories to tell.
Lark finds herself in Africa, after being swayed by her handsome professor to go there to teach the native children. She fancies herself in love with him, and thinks he feels the same, so it's an easy choice. However, she soon learns how wrong she is and retreats back to the States, heartbroken and wary. She eventually runs into an old acquaintance, Anson, who was in Africa alongside her until he began to lose his vision from a severe eye infection. Unable to afford continuing her education, Lark decides to help him set up a school in her hometown, Eden. They soon fall in love, with Lark fighting it every step of the way, but life has a way of complicating things. When Anson's school becomes the target of hate groups and tragedy strikes Lark's family, they have to find their way back to each other with the help of God and family.
Anson was a real gentleman! I loved his "voice", the way he spoke throughout the book to Lark and others. He had such a kind heart and truly cared about other people. Lark took a little more time for me to warm up to. She was kind and caring, but she was also was pretty blind to how her actions affected Anson. Thus the development of their romance was a little too odd for me. She was too flighty, even after what happened in Africa, so it was somewhat surprising that she wouldn't mature more with her responses to things. I would have wanted her either more resistant or less resistant. The "I like you, but go away" attitude got a little old. However, Anson made me keep reading, and I eventually warmed to Lark.
Overall, I enjoyed the story. It was my first book by this author, and I'm sure it won't be the last!
**I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**