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- Print Length: 252 pages
- Publisher: Lyrical Press (April 11, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 11, 2017
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01ILZHQFC
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Plus a convoluted plot.
Charlotte was running away from her stepson, Edward was returning to his estate. They both lied to each other (secrets.) They decided it would be a good idea to pretend they were married in order to forestall village gossip.
Upon arrival, they find a freedwoman from the Indies in residence. She's well known to Edward, but the imperious way she spoke to Charlotte positively did not ring true. That just wouldn't have happened. It seemed clear to me that slavery in the Indies was the primary focus of the author in this novel. This is a worthy topic for attention; the period was a terrible blot on history. But with so much already going on in this story, its insertion was a trifle bizarre.
Another issue I had with this story was its languid pace.
It is often problematic to write a character that stands by their convictions without them coming off as preachy and self righteous, this author not only managed to do so but presented an incredibly attractive hero in Edward. Kind and sincere Charlotte stood out as a brave heroine in a time where women had very little control over their lives and was superbly matched with Edward. Their physical allure developed into a mutual esteem and concern for the other that made their relationship solid in the face of multiple test of their trust. Fate's ministrations in this work were plausible in even the most far-fetched circumstances giving this story an abundance of unexpected events and a firm grasp on the audience's attention. Susanna Craig did an outstanding job of joining history with her fiction in a well-balanced and engaging way that exemplifies the strong talent of her writing.
*I was given an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own.*
*While part of a series this work can be read as a stand alone.*
Desire waylays the plans of a man with a mysterious past and a woman with an uncertain future, in Susanna Craig’s unforgettable series set in Georgian England.
After her much older husband dies—leaving her his fortune—Charlotte Blakemore finds herself at the mercy of her stepson, who vows to contest the will and destroy her life. With nowhere to turn and no one to help her, she embarks on an elaborate ruse—only to find herself stranded on the way to London. . .
More than twenty years in the West Indies have hardened Edward Cary, but not enough to abandon a helpless woman at a roadside inn—especially one as disarmingly beautiful as Charlotte. He takes her with him to the Gloucestershire estate he is determined to restore, though he is suspicious of every word that falls from her distractingly lush lips.
As far as Charlotte knows, Edward is nothing more than a steward, and there’s no reason to reveal his noble birth until he can right his father’s wrongs. Acting as husband and wife will keep people in the village from asking questions that neither Charlotte nor Edward are willing to answer. But the game they’re each determined to play has rules that beg to broken, when the passion between them threatens to uncover the truth—for better or worse. .
I don't read much Georgian period romance as there is much more out there in Regency and Scottish Historical, but I really liked this read.
This was the first time I had read anything by this relatively new author. I can find only two previous books by her all from this same series. I will endeavor to read the first two and if they are as good as this one I am sure to enjoy them too.
Our heroine is a recently widowed Duchess who is believed to be the illegitimate daughter of a French whore.
Her stepson, the new Duke, intends to have her marriage to his deceased father nullified since he feels his father was tricked into the marriage and Charlotte deserves nothing from the estate.
She runs away with only her maid as a companion but due to her endeavors to hide she ends up destitute after sending her maid away disguised as herself.
This begins a compelling story with a bit of mystery added for good measure.
This well written third book in this series makes me want more by this author.
I gave this book 4.25 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 3 of 5 flames.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this title from the publisher via NetGalley to read. This in no was affected my opinion of this book which I have reviewed voluntarily.