- File Size: 715 KB
- Print Length: 298 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin Treasury-Harlequin Historicals 90s (July 15, 2011)
- Publication Date: July 15, 2011
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0056H7RKI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,350 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lucy had every intention of remaining faithful to her lover's memory. She certainly did not expect to feel affection for her dark, rather dour, husband, in spite of his chivalrous behavior in taking responsibility for her and her child. But as time passes and she discovers her husband's true character, a more mature Lucy realizes that her feelings for his brother were little more than a schoolgirl crush compared to her deep love for Drake.
But Drake made it clear from the start that their marriage would be in name only. Lucy must endeavor to keep her love for her husband hidden, in accordance with the bargain they made prior to marrying.
Throw in a few villains determined to break up the marriage, and you end up with a truly gripping romance, guaranteed to elicit tears and raw emotion.
I don't know why it's taken me so long to read this book, which has been at the bottom of my huge "to be read" pile for several years. Needless to say, I was so engrossed in this one that I read the other Deborah Hale book in the pile, with equally happy results. I would definitely consider purchasing any other books by this author. . . after I whittle the pile down a bit more, that is.
Deborah Hale is definitely a name to remember!
Not exactly a fast-pasted story. It takes forever for these two to get together, but that's really the enjoyable part. Both must overcome self-doubt over the each others feelings.
A fine read that could have been five star if there were any real love scenes (barely one) and if the story didn't drag slightly in the begining. But still worth getting your hands on a copy.
My very first Hale novel was "A Gentleman of Substance". Mrs Hale did it for me, and since then I have read quite a few of her other books, which for the most part are entertaining and captivating. Thank you Mrs. Hale!
The opening was good - and set the appropriate stage. I was inclined towards liking this story until right after the mine incident concluded and another dreary misreading of each other's characters, words and motives started all over again. If there are going to be misunderstandings, then please let them be believable and not some random illogical thoughts that lead inevitably to more thoughtless words and actions. It is hard to believe that both hero and heroine can be so attracted to each other, yet make no effort to clear the air to achieve détente.
For a theoretically astute, decisive man of business, Drake was totally inept when it came to relationships of any kind. So inept that it far exceeded my ability to suspend belief. We would be led to believe he treasured and restored his country estate, but gave over his London townhouse for the sole use of a cousin he could barely tolerate? This said cousin would be permitted to condescend to him and his wife as `guests' when he chose to visit? We are expected to understand his unfeeling grandmother who allowed him to be abused as a child suddenly and without warning does an about-face and gives him advice to woo his wife (of whom she disapproves)??? He totally misreads the character of the crooked mine manager??? He lets the villans go virtually unpunished for their crimes???
The list of follies goes on, but the most egregious event for me was his response to the disappearance of his wife. I simply could not reconcile myself to believe that any hero worth the name would go about business as usual for 3 months while the woman he has grown to care about (and late in pregnancy) is missing. I just couldn't accept that and combined with all my other annoyances, I found this hero to be totally unlikeable. For me, this was one of those novels that had real possibilities, but fell flat.
I won't even start to analyze the heroine's flaws, as she was even more at fault than the hero. Actually, I hate even using the terms hero and heroine for these characters. Neither of them rise to that level.
For all those who wrote glowing reviews, I can only say I'm puzzled. Compared to Kleypas, Hoyt, Ashworth, Quinn, Hern, Kelly - this novel doesn't stand a chance. I won't be reading any other Hale books, for sure.
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