Rating: 4 out of 5
Thoughts After Reading:
Counterfeit Betrothal was a very intense read. There were two romances that took place: the young love between Sophia and Francis, and the martial reunion of Sophia's parents who have been estranged from each other for fourteen years. Sophia and Francis were rather endearing - they have friends since they were children and teasingly bicker nonstop. They originally start a fake betrothal to force Sophia's parents to spend time together, although it's fairly obvious that Francis is crazy about Sophia from the start. The parents' story, meanwhile, is more heartbreaking than anything else: they loved each other passionately for five years before the husband betrayed his wife. Drunk and pressured by his friends, he has a one-night-stand with a prostitute. When he confesses to his wife, she is unable to cope and pushes him away. They eventually make it back together, but the misunderstandings and pride of the two characters that separate them for fourteen years and then again for a number of months is tragic.