The Antique Love by Helena Fairfax

Antique and romance go hand in hand in this gentle story about blossoming love and not settling for the second best.

The Antique Love begins in an awkward note as first meetings go. Perhaps, in part, due to its jerky momentum best displayed by our heroine with her romantic imagination going on full throttle only to have her bubble burst. Apparently our so-called cowboy is not the swashbuckling, lasso in hand, riding into the sunset kind but a man of finance. Yes, with as much romance as there in numbers.

It was only after the first meeting that things become quite engaging as we get to know each of them through a succession of meetings. As Penny refurbishes Kurt's new dwelling in London, they settled into a comfortable state and slowly Kurt gets drawn into her dreamer ways.

We see Penny become more and more adorable most especially in how she sees beauty in old things and in peoples' hearts. She is the type of person one must look closer to find what a gem she is, just like how one peruses antiques. Kurt unconsciously finds her so as well but he is much adamant against romantic notions. And yet he unfolds into this admirable steady figure that you can count on. I like that he comes from Wyoming (all that picturesque country) (it must be those old Marlboro commercials).

There is something heartfelt whenever these two have their moments. It is a gradual sort of romance, the kind that grows into you until you know not how to let it go. I love how Penny and Kurt's relationship blossoms from a reluctant business arrangement into a meaningful bond. Though the spark between them is unmistakable, predictably, they choose to wade into the Nile river, so to speak and with good reason.

Not to forget are the lovely antiques in Penny's shop which provided the outright connection between the two. Each has its own story and charms (while I have already foreseen so much in the story just by their value and description). The restoration of Kurt's house was one of the enjoyable parts. Much thought was put into the designing and in the way Penny brought everything into life. In the end, same could be said about decisions on love; to embrace dreams and passion and to not settle in being accepted for anything except who we are.


One rainy day in London, Wyoming man Kurt Bold walks into an antique shop off the King’s Road, looking every inch the romantic hero. The shop’s owner, Penny Rosas, takes this handsome stranger for a cowboy straight from the pages of a book… but Kurt soon brings Penny’s dreams to earth with a thump. He’s no romantic cowboy—his job is in the City, in the logical world of finance—and as far as Kurt is concerned, love and romance are just for dreamers. Events in his childhood have scarred his heart, showing him just how destructive passionate love can be. Now he’s looking for a wife, but wants a marriage based on logic and rational decisions. Penny is a firm believer in true love. She’s not the sensible wife Kurt’s looking for. But when he hires Penny to help refurbish his Victorian house near Richmond Park, it’s not long before he starts to realize it’s not just his home she’s breathing new life into. The logical heart he has guarded so carefully all these years is opening up to new emotions, in a most disturbing way…


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Title: The Antique Love
Author: Helena Fairfax
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women Fiction
Published: MuseItUp Publishing
Publisher: August 30, 2013
Rating: ♨♨♨♨ ( 4 cups - Romantic things and dreams paired with good ole 'opposites attract' play into picture in this sweet story.)