- Series: Means of Mercy
- Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 19, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1499201303
- ISBN-13: 978-1499201307
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,126,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Love's Sorrow (Means of Mercy) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 19, 2014
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I really liked the growth that Anne undergoes. I also liked the fact the the Scot is not as reformed as he would like Anne to believe. The struggles their relationship goes through seem very realistic and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.
This was partly a romance but so much more it bought out elements of Victorian times that are just not mentioned, as they weren't mentioned back then and it gets quite deep and serious with some of it's issues while never losing the emotional hold the characters have on us.
Anne's character held the whole book together seen through her eyes we move from an unloved childhood through to the extravagance of a season in London, marriage and despair. I don't want to say too much because I really don't want to give anything away but want to allow you the feelings that Anne feels as she travels through the situations she finds herself in.
I do have to say that Gavin never really caught me, some main characters you sympathise and empathise with from the beginning but there was always something about Gavin that held me off and while I could feel Anne's emotions I just had my reservations about him.
There were a couple of characters that I really did bond with Maggie, Anne's maid but really best friend and Joanna Anne's cousin as well as her husband, were so well written that I felt I really knew them.
I cannot imagine where this story is going to go all I can say is that I want to be along for the ride and I cannot wait for the sequel as this was definitely not a happily at all ending, but it fit the book perfectly.
I received a free copy for an honest review.
The story is well written and intriguing. A historical romance with all the finery and dresses we love to hear about. Anne Tearle is a young orphaned farm girl, raised in her uncle’s house by a wicked evil aunt. Cinderella type story has her uncle (not evil like his wife) going to live with an estranged cousin in the guise of being a tutor for her cousins two boys. Upon arriving, she was treated as family instead and introduced into London society.
Our young heroine falls in love and gets married to a handsome wealthy young Scottish man, Gavin MacKay. All seemed perfect as he seemed to be in love and attentive to his new bride, lavishing her with clothes, gifts and an enormous house.
I’m purposefully leaving out the wonderful details, so you can enjoy them for yourself! As I said before, this is well written and interesting.
After a few years of trying to have children, Gavin’s big dream, there are miscarriages and one infant death after only 3 days. This takes its toll incredibly, as would be expected, at this point Gavin has reverted to his mistresses and is a drunken despot (I’m greatly distressed, because I thought him wonderful and reformed by Anne’s love). Anne finds him in bed with another woman and leaves him, really unusual for the times. She proceeds to file for divorce, completely unheard of in the times. She is thwarted by gossip started by him calling her a liar, witch, and so much more. Whereupon, she escapes London to her friends in America, where her maid and friend marries and leaves her alone but with friends. She finds herself pregnant from a bruising rape her husband performed before she found him abed with the other woman.
The book ends on a cliffhanger with her vowing to keep the child from Gavin, if it, indeed, lives.
I’m so glad to know it will continue and Anne will find love again. I spent a couple of days in a horrible humor wondering how to write this, not knowing about book two! I’m a HEA or at least a HFN kind of gal and really looking forward to a better solution for dear Anne!
This is an excellent and complicated story, and I for one will be waiting for the next installment with baited breath! The characters in this are well done, the situations realistic…I’m just so glad it didn’t end here!
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