- File Size: 846 KB
- Print Length: 245 pages
- Publisher: Carina Press (July 27, 2015)
- Publication Date: July 27, 2015
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00XCZFU6Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,306 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I don't want to spoil anything by telling much plot, but suffice it to say that the very young and immature h does something rather unforgivable and extremely stupid on their wedding night. The H, understandably upset, leaves her at his estate and takes off for 5 years on a diplomatic mission abroad. The h, daughter of a bigwig church bishop, doesn't want daddy to know about the marital problem and sends letters to her father pretending she's living abroad with the H.
When H finally arrives back in England, still understandably upset with the h (really, what she did was rather horrible), he doesn't want anything to do with her. But the h had just received news that her father is dying and wants to visit the father with the H and have them pretend that their marriage is all hunky-dory. He agrees and off they go.
Since it is a romance an HEA is expected, so the pretend will have to turn into real. That's the main story. Working out their problems: His distrust and hurt at her betrayal and her resentment of his coldness and disregard (but really, what on earth did she expect?) There will be side issues with a silly cousin of the h and a troubled half-brother of the H, but the author skillfully works this into the main issue of the H-h relationship and how they see each other.
This has some excellent moments when the couple are trying to work through their problems but also some very exasperating moments when they, after taking a step or two forward, manage to take a step or two back again. Pretending, lying, little white lies, and misinterpretation of behavior become a very important relationship issue and theme of the story.
One of the best things to be found here, besides the competent writing, is the chapter headers, which are quotes on marriage and love from Samuel Johnson.
Alyssa Everett is an intelligent writer well above the cut of most novelists. Because she is so good, one wants her to be even better. This book lets down a bit in the consistency of the character of Carolyn Fleetwood but it is still an intimate, rewarding read about personal growth and honesty between partners.
I've found a new autobuy.