Love in Three Quarter Time by Rachel McMillan - A Waltz Through Vienna

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Book Review: Love in Three Quarter Time by Rachel McMillan - A Waltz Through Vienna

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Publisher: Indie Published
Publication Date: 2018
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Novella
Source: Author provided – thank you, Rachel
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Rating: ★★★★
Full of culture, coffee (of course!) and a romantic hero straight from one of Rachel’s favorite literary crushes, this novella will sweep you into its slow and charmingly simple waltz.
Synopsis | Evelyn Watt is madly in love with Rudy Moser. He’s model perfect – and as icing on the cake, he’s the proud owner of a sexy accent. Never mind she doesn’t know Rudy well. Never mind that she soon discovers the complicated part an ex-girlfriend has in his past. To Evelyn, Rudy is still perfect. Things begin to line up when, in the aftermath of the loss of her job, Rudy hires her to help him appraise and catalog heirlooms for auction… all of which will happen in Vienna!

Naturally, Evelyn says yes, and with the promise of a Valentine's Day Opera Ball, for the first time in a long time, Evelyn has the promise of romance in her future. But on the other side of the world, all is not as rosy as it first appeared, and instead of her handsome cultured would-be boyfriend, Evelyn spends more time with the coffee table mate...

Novellas don’t always work to the advantage of a story because they’re so compressed and compact. That said, one thing they suffer no shortage of is their ability to entertain and charm. Love in Three Quarter Time is no different. It’s an easy read that takes little to no time (even for a turtle reader such as myself) to zip through.

Because of the novella length, the romance isn’t as explored as full-length novels, but that’s not to say, the characters aren’t. Although as a qualifier, this really only applies to the character of Evelyn who’s our heroine and the “voice” of the story. Her character is searching but well rounded. On the surface, this is about finding that illusive romance, but deeper still is the ideal that she’s in need of finding herself and what it means to be happy in your life in the here and now. It’s a journey about living in the moment, and experiencing life’s richness.

Anyone who follows along with Rachel’s social media adventures will recognize so much of the author in this novella. This is the quintessential Rachel McMillan story. From the Boston shout-out to the wanderlust (aka travel experiences), and the heroine’s wit, the markers are all present and accounted for. Full of culture, coffee (of course!) and a romantic hero straight from one of Rachel’s favorite literary crushes (an educated man, complete with gray temples), this novella will sweep you into its slow and charmingly simple waltz. ♥

Synopsis: A romantic waltz through a city filled with music, passion and coffee. 

Evelyn Watt fell in love with Austrian marketing director Rudy Moser the moment he stepped into their Boston firm. With his ice blue eyes and chocolate-melting accent, he is as refined as she imagines his home country to be. When Evelyn finds herself unexpectedly unemployed right before Christmas, she is left with an unknown future until Rudy steps in with a job appraising, assessing and cataloging heirlooms, lending her American vernacular to the translated descriptions to give each item international appeal. Evelyn will live in Vienna for the months leading up to a grand auction at a party held in conjunction with the Opera Ball—on Valentine’s Day. 

Vienna is a magical blend of waltzing, antiques, and bottomless cups of Einspanner coffee at the Café Mozart. When a secret from Rudy's family's past blows in with the winter chill, Evelyn is forced to confront how well she knows the object of her affection. Her café tablemate, the gruff and enigmatic Klaus Bauner might be the only person who holds the key to Rudy’s past. But could that key also unlock her future? In the days leading up to the Opera Ball, Evelyn finds herself in the middle of the greatest romance of her life…as long as she doesn’t trip over her two left feet. - Goodreads

Coming Next from Rachel McMillan: If Hamish DeLuca spent less time with his nose in a history book or studying for the bar exam, he might finally have the courage to ask a girl to dance at the Palais Royale. But despite his romantic nature, Hamish has always been shy and lacking the confidence of his friend and cousin, Luca Valari, who has invited Hamish to join him in Boston for the summer. Luca has just purchased a new dance club, The Flamingo, and could use Hamish’s math and accounting skills to keep the books alongside Luca’s “right hand man” Reggie Van Buren.

Regina “Reggie” Van Buren, daughter of a wealthy pastor and heir to a New Haven fortune, is determined to make a life as the self-sufficient city girl she sees in her favorite Jean Arthur and Katharine Hepburn pictures. After a humiliating tea party, Reggie bids goodbye to fine china and the man her parents expect her to marry and escapes to Boston. Finding an easy secretarial job with the suave Luca Valari and a room at Miss Clara’s Boarding house in the North End, Reggie soon adapts to a world beyond servants and ironed linens. Her romantic prospects alight, too, when she sets eyes on Luca’s cousin Hamish.

When a corpse is discovered at The Flamingo, Hamish and Reggie trade ledgers and book-keeping for sleuthing skills. But the truth comes at a high price for Hamish who discovers a dark side to his beloved cousin and is forced to choose between loyalty and his conscience. – Goodreads

Sincere thanks to the author for providing an e-copy of this book; all opinions are my own


  1. I didn’t know about this book before the giveaway... now I’m excited to read it.

    1. It's a lovely story, Tami. Hope you enjoy if you give it a read. :)


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