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If you're looking for another historical romance novel, then I suggest Mariel Grey's A Gentleman's Surrender. Monique Cathdon, sister to the current Duke of Glenhurst, is looking for a suitor before the Season is over. All seems lost until she meets Sir James Stanton. Everything seems to be going well until she discovers he has no title. Is it all over for Monique? James Stanton has returned to England from the United States, seemingly wanting to find an English bride and restore the family home to its former glory. At least that's what he wants everyone to think. In reality, James is set on exacting revenge on the people who tore his family apart. Will he succeed or will love derail his plans and lead to happily ever after?
Mariel Grey has written a well researched novel in the Regency era. Her characters James and Monique are products of their time and environment as Monique struggles for the ton's approval and James does not really care but still follows polite society's conventions. The overall plot of this story is a classic theme and is well written. The desire to risk everything for a chance at love can be daunting and Mariel Grey has written this novel depicting that struggle clearly. The characters' thoughts and moods are well represented and their development over the span of the book can be seen. The love between James and Monique is based more on their understanding of each other than on their desire for each other. A refreshing change.
(Rated 4 out of 5 stars)
About the Author
- Publication Date : January 1, 2016
- File Size : 4231 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 248 pages
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Publisher : Mariel Grey; 1st Edition (January 1, 2016)
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0996927700
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B016ENLD1Q
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,511,882 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Love Story: Thankfully, I decided to read on because the two characters developed quite nicely into a couple I could root for. As they inched towards love…the tension mushroomed (like a balloon being inflated, more and more) Monique’s family situation became increasingly precarious as things progressed, and I found myself becoming anxious on her behalf. I cringed at Stanton’s underhanded spying, schemes, and his use of innocent people to further his plans…and the obvious misery that it caused him. All this had me on the edge of my seat…thinking, Yikes! This is going to be really bad when it blows, but oh so entertaining to read about.
Minor Beefs: Both the hero and heroine were a bit unlikable at first glance. But since this worked itself out, I can't really complain.
Extra Touch: The author did a very realistic and surprisingly multi-layered depiction of the time period, which really helped me get into the story and to understand and eventually sympathize with the Duchess, Lady Monique, and their family’s situation. This attention to detail makes the story richer. The social, economic and even mild political structure is laid out and this makes it easier to grasp just how delicate Lady Monique’s position is. Kudos to the author. I have a new-found respect for writers who make the extra effort to capture the time-period and the setting after having recently read (or tried to read) a historical romance that made absolutely no attempt to set a historical scene.
Random Thoughts: Corkie, the dog, was hilarious…LOL! Meanwhile, Lady Monique's horse gets an honorable comic mention (tee hee hee).
Cliffhanger: None really. Everything was pretty much cleared up at the end. However, I got the distinction impression that there would be another book, possibly telling Glennie's story (Lady Monique's brother). I'd definitely read it if that is the case.
The Verdict: Two Thumbs up! A sweet historical romance with a little angst tossed in for good measure.
Sometimes we make decisions of the heart and at any times we make them according to proper protocol. What happens when Lady Monique meets Mr. James Stanton? It is almost like a fairytale where the beautiful princess meets the charming prince and instantly falls in love. But, in this case it could be disastrous as Mr. Stanton wants nothing better than to marry Lady Monique but not for the reasons you might think.
James Stanton’s father and Lady Monique’s mother was an item until she decided to marry someone else. Not taking a chance of not having a proper heir, his father married another woman who loved him dearly. But, unfortunately the match was not what you would call made in heaven and Mr. Stanton and The Duchess had a lurid affair leaving James alone with his father when his mother passed from a broken heart. Revenge and retribution are his goals to teach not only the Duchess a fatal lesson but to take down Lady Monique as well. Since her primary goal is to marry someone with status and a title although when they met and keep meeting it seems that the chemistry is stronger than an experiment in a chemist’s lab. The author’s research into the time period is extensive as she includes, customs, protocols, traditions and an interesting amount of information about each Season when women are actually placed on what is called The Marriage Mart or Market so that men can choose and they can also decide on who would be the best match. Decisions are made at the galas and those not chosen might find themselves as Lady Monique fears out to pasture like a cow that can no longer give any milk.
There is an underlying plot here when we learn more about her brother the Duke, his failed business enterprises and how he managed to squander their entire fortune by investing in the wrong enterprises. So, should Lady Monique go after the repulsive Lord Manning? Should he admit she has fallen for James Stanton? With the aid of her friend Lady Lucy and her husband they manage to attend many galas, the theater as it was back then, masquerade parties and dinners. With her mother insisting that she marry someone with a title why did her brother approve of Stanton? What happens when someone blurts out information about her mother and his father at the same moment she is about to announce and accept his marriage proposal? What will she do when she learns the truth behind his scheme and the fact that he has bought up all of her family’s debts and much more?
Things start heating up as Lady Monique announces that she and Stanton are to be married and her mother voices her objections and states why she married her father and not Lord Lawrence. Not realizing that she meant Stanton’s father the wedding plans proceed but when she goes to purchase materials, trimmings and have the gowns made a harsh realization about her family’s finances comes to light. What will she do when she learns the truth behind his motives? Just how far will he go to embarrass and take her down along with the Duchess? What about the Duke?
The proper bans must be filed so that she can marry him whenever she wants but the happiness is not in the air and a black cloud just might cover it all when she learns the truth. Her brother approves of him but her mother does not. Does it really matter if he has not title? He has the one thing she needs: Money! No dowry that else will accept her? Why won’t anyone look at her at these galas? Why does she make a list of unacceptable suitors and decide she might have to choose one?
Stanton is redoing his home and the announcement is made at the Masquerade Ball in his home. Love vs. Revenge! Stanton vs. Lady Monique: Which one wins? Will one lose? The banter between them is at times humorous and the rise and fall of their emotions lets readers know that although he seeks revenge against her, her mother and her brother he just might have a twinge of remorse but will he let them sway him from his quest?
I love the balls, the descriptions of the rooms, the gown and the customs but what I really love is the interplay among some of the characters and the friendship and loyalty Lady Lucy and her husband put forth for Lady Monique.
The author brings to light the status of women during this time period in the late 1800’s where they are required to marry men of their station or be shunned you might say in society. She also brings out that women were required to run their household, rely on their husbands for money and monetary advantages and none held jobs. I am not sure that I would want to live during this time period and not be allowed to work, earn my own way or be more independent. All of the women enjoy shopping, outings, parties, luncheons and meeting with their friends. Most of the time they are socializing and preparing for the next gala, which does sound like fun. But, status and class are everything and that raised the questions of whether status and money really make someone more suitable than someone of means and no status, which Lady Monique has to decide for herself.
Glenhurst approved her marriage to Stanton but her mother had a secret that would rock Lady Monique’s world, change what she thought of herself and possibly ruin her impending marriage. A communication from someone from her past and a harsh truth told as a deception comes to light and a betrayal comes front and center. But, someone is trying to undermine and undercut what Stanton is doing and has bought up some of the debts incurred by Glenhurst. But who and why? Who has been investigating her family? What happens when she reveals her secret to Stanton will surprise readers and Lady Monique too? Why did he take the news without a single shudder? Why didn’t he seem shocked or surprised? Was it worth revenge for his mother to keep this going? Was it worth hurting Monique? Why did he feel almost remorseful? Would that change it all?
When the Duchess confronts Stanton what she reveals will not only rock his world but others too. Author Mariel Grey serves up not one but several twists, turns, surprises and revelations in this romantic historical novel. Just who lied and who was telling the truth about things from the past? Who had an affair with the other one’s spouse? What was believed and told to someone was what that person wanted him/her to know?
A lie that destroyed young love many years before and the same lie might destroy it again. Forgiveness: Can Lady Monique see her way clear to understand the truth, why Stanton wanted revenge on her and her family and will they work it out or will he return to America?
Lies, Betrayals, Deceit, Love, Understanding, Hope, Truths and Forgiveness: Which one wins at the end? A Gentleman’s Surrender: Yes or No!
Top reviews from other countries
Written By: Mariel Grey
I typically don’t read historic novels, however, this series caught my attention. This series by Mariel Grey is set in the Georgian era, a time of horse drawn carts, men and women in society and where manners and being proper was expected. In Volume II, Lady Monique and Stanton find their way to each other.
Monique is society. She knows the ins and outs of it. She knows she is to choose a husband before she becomes a spinster, however, she hasn’t quite found the one that meets all her needs. She wants someone who doesn’t just think of her as a wife. She wants someone who understands her, who challenges her, who makes her excited to be around him. But the time is almost here where she will be out of options. And, without her wedding a man with a title and plenty of money, her family will be ruined because her brother was bad with the family finances.
Stanton returns to England after many years in the United States. His main focus is causing shame to the woman who destroyed his family. His father was in love with Lady Monique’s mother but she refused to marry him because he didn’t have a title. So, he married his second choice (Stanton’s mother) and proceeded to make all their lives miserable. Stanton adored his mother and after her death, he went to England to seek revenge. What Stanton didn’t plan on was falling for the beautiful, intriguing, Lady Monique.
Can Stanton put aside his hatred of her mother and let him love Monique? Can Monique put aside her need for a husband with a title and love Stanton? Against all odds, will their relationship falter or stand the test of time?
If you like a great love story, try out A Gentleman’s Surrender by Mariel Grey. It will give you hope for a lifetime love, regardless of the obstacles involved.