- File Size: 674 KB
- Print Length: 211 pages
- Publisher: Carina Press (March 25, 2013)
- Publication Date: March 25, 2013
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00APEYANY
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,414 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
So he has a big, ugly, unforgivable secret that has colored all his perceptions of his past and prevents him from making her his wife in truth. She feels very much at sea in her new role and his rejection isn't helping matters.
His position remains adamant, creating a constant refrain in his mind of 'I am depraved and unworthy, so off to bed you go alone, dear.' It was 'I can't tell her, she'll hate me,' for much of the story. (After just a few iterations, I'd have gotten his point.) All during this time, she tries to understand him but her own insecurities get in the way. Still, she has a knack, well established, for caring for others, for gleaning their needs and for patience with the recalcitrant, so she is balm to his old wounds. When it finally comes, the big resolution felt sketchy given how thoroughly ingrained were his habits of thought. In effect, all was resolved after a long-overdue conversation, in which she asks him yet again, 'Is it me, or what?' When he reveals his secret to her, throwing it in her face like a challenge, she gently makes some very smart, rational observations, after which it's suddenly 'Oh. Maybe I'm not such a louse after all.'
His past was heartrending when at last it came to light, but his flat, vague and constant refusals up till then wore on me without making me feel more suspense or sympathy or whatever I was supposed to feel. A traumatic past isn't healed overnight or by a few cogent comments that make one think differently, but that's how this came across to me. Despite this abruptness, how they meet and end up married, how she wins his trust and he her acceptance is truly romantic and very well written.
Rosalie believes herself to be unattractive, unsophisticated, and a poor match for her husband, the toplofty, dour and reclusive Lord Deal. Deal has cut himself off from society and considers himself to bed "utterly depraved" and no fit mate for a sweet innocent like Rosalie. Deal has enough honor left that he has promised himself that he will not consummate the marriage until he has confessed all to Rosalie, at which point he expects her to flee in horror. She, on the other hand, has no idea why he shows no interest in making love to her in the days and weeks after their marriage.
Deal's secret, which goes back to his youth, is indeed shocking, yet when he finally confesses, Rosalie is horrified only by what he has had to endure. In return for Deal "rescuing" her aboard ship after her father's sudden death, she helps rescue him from his demons.
The story is beautifully written, without the intrusion of modern language or attitudes. Extreme patience is required,however, as the reader does not learn about Deal's secrets any sooner than Rosalie does, which is near the end of the book.
Definitely recommended. I plan to go back and read AE's two earlier books, now published by Carina Press. I'm so please that she was finally able to extricate herself from the mess left by Dorchester Publishing's sudden demise.
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