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- Publication Date : September 16, 2019
- File Size : 4159 KB
- Print Length : 259 pages
- Publisher : Red Brick Media (September 16, 2019)
- ASIN : B07VX7WDJJ
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #769,362 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Jane joined the other ladies at her Aunt’s house as she listened for gossip on the next available man she might want. Jane’s relationships had all been pleasurable, she never understood the gnawing emptiness she felt in her soul. When the ladies finally left, Aunt Millicent asked Jane to remain. She wanted to let Jane know that Colonel Matthew Rutland, a wealthy and respected decorated war hero, and Jane’s first love, had been back for two months now! His wife had passed away the previous year. Matthew had seduced her at 18, then left for 9 years to fulfill his dream in the military. The pain of his abandonment still hurt.
Matthew returned home and found his good friend Neville visiting. The two talked about old times and how everyone in Neville’s family had been doing. When Matthew teased about a lady in his life, he was upset and confessed to his broken heart. He told Matthew how he had hoped to marry her, but she only wanted to play until she got bored. He would introduce Matthew to some other ladies that could entertain him until he found a woman to marry. The two of them attended the next ball together. Jane spotted Neville who was facing her, talking to a man whose back was to her. She quickly crossed the room, not hearing her Aunt’s warning not to do so! When Matthew turned around, she dropped her champagne glass. From the resulting terse conversation between Jane and Neville, Matthew realized she was the lady who had hurt his friend. As quickly as she could, Jane returned to the other side of the room where her Aunt tried to console her. What would she do now? Her heart was ripped out seeing Matthew again, even more handsome now. Can she avoid him for the rest of the Season? Or will he try to make contact? Are they sworn enemies, or is there still something left that might be nurtured?
I must say that this book offered a powerful emotional start! The reader will immediately see that Jane is not a nice human being at all. She has closed off all feeling and allowed her own self-indulgent pleasures to be the only thing she lets herself feel. Matthew has been through loss of a wife he loved and his stillborn son. Is there anything that could pull the two of them together again, or has their pain and loss been too devastating for both to try again?
...the burden of who she had become lay heavily upon his conscience. Her shameful reputation nearly embarrassed him to be with her in public.
I devoured Lady Jane in one setting. Second chance romance between the scandalous Lady Jane and Matthew the well respected war hero. In their first chance Matthew made a decision in his youth that Jane paid the price for. Not that she was innocent in the situation but while Matthew went on with his life hers went through a dramatic change. Free will aside I think had he handled things differently I doubt Jane would have made the choices she did. They do have their happy ending but I never felt Matthew ever truly realized what an impact his actions had on Jane. I wondered when he decided to pursue Jane did he really care for her or was it his male pride taking over. I must have missed it if he ever made mention of being in love with Jane in their youth or was he just doing what young men do in their youth knowing he wanted a military career. Or was there any great love for his wife. I do think he was trying to make things right, he wasn’t all bad. I will definitely read Lady Jane again.
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The hero, Matthew, wasn't an easy hero to like, first because of his and Jane's shared past as well as his initial indifference to the pain he had caused her. He has been able to go on with his life relatively unscathed, while he left behind wreckage in Jane's that altered her perspective and life immeasurably. Yet, at an early point in the book, he states that he never really gave her a thought until seeing her again. Now, I wouldn't require him to pine forever when he had a loving relationship with his wife. But I would at least liked him to have considered his actions over the years or more when he sees her again. Given their past, what happens between them in this book just seems implausible. I just couldn't buy it. I also didn't like that many characters in this book seem to have what I would consider to be more modern sensibilities, acting and talking more like contemporary people than like people from 200 years ago. All in all, I found this to be an oddly disconcerting book.