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The Lady's Disgrace (Marriage Mart Mayhem) Paperback – September 8, 2014
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The heroine's sister-in-law demonstrated a charming clumsiness and abiding love for her son. Recollections showed that heroine had a loving mother who spent time playing with her children, and was unlike most aristocratic parents. Conversations about the cad that jilted Abigail clearly outlined his character. And the villain, her background was fully developed. She was only three-dimensional character in the book.
Wish author had put as much time into demonstrating the characteristics of the mains. Aside from the vicar's plans for a school, we know he was a childhood friend of heroine's brother. And ONE childhood prank that the boys played on Abigail was mentioned several times. That's it, just one. We read a lot of Abigail's thoughts about jolting and determination never to love again. Also are privy to many lustful, yet boring, thoughts of hero. Not nearly enough to make me care about either or their HEA.
Must mention that villainess' final attack on heroine was unnecessary to story. And completely ludicrous.
These characters were in the first two books and I knew there had to be a book for Abigail and this fills the bill perfectly. I love the way it starts with Abigail's tears and frustration when her fiancé leaves and marries someone else! The Ton--of course--blames the woman never the man and this reflects the times and the thinking of that time perfectly.
This book is enjoyment from beginning to end and it's such fun to see characters from the novel before this one and meet them and their new son. It makes the characters feel like family that you'd want to belong to and enjoy the highs and lows. ENJOY! I did.
I was interested in the plot because Joseph is an unlikely hero - a rector and it was a refreshing change and he was not what you'd think a rector would be - mostly boring - he was the opposite and I really liked him. Abigail was so determined to keep love out of their marriage that it was frustrating at times but it was adorable when she did embrace it. However Abigail and Joseph didn't communicate well together, they always felt it was better to keep the other ignorant. How they'd think a relationship between them would grow like that? Overall it was a disappointing read. I'm not upset about reading it and although I thought Abigail s family was endearing and Penelope's clumsiness was cute I doubt I'll be picking up the rest of the books in this series. This felt more like a soap opera to me.
The story primarily takes place in the charming village amongst Joseph's congregation. Abigail helps Joseph with setting up a school for the village children, there are neighbors to meet and even a village dance. And while Abigail is finding her place in her new life, someone wants her dead. This is not a mystery as the reader knows up front who the villain is, but there's lots of anticipation of wondering what will happen next and how will it end?
Excellent story and romance. Everything follows a logical progression and moves at a brisk pace. Though I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I probably wouldn't read it again so rating 4.5 stars.
The plot of the book is fairly standard, and it is well-served by this author. Absent the open information from within the villainess, I would probably not have guessed her with any speed.
The various characters are drawn in as if in pastels, quick strokes like those used by courtroom artists capturing each one as either a whole figure, more, or less; filled in, or just sketched. This skilled use of words results in an almost concentrated story, which is at turns brisk and gentle.
By and large, this is a sweet story, with little sex. However, there are some sexual innuendos, and some sexual situations. In addition, there is some violence, being perpetrated by a quite unlikely person.