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- Print Length: 220 pages
- Publisher: Lyrical Press (January 5, 2015)
- Publication Date: January 5, 2015
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00M0174GU
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Monica is the eldest daughter, and while she longs for a life more exciting than her small village of Biddlestone, she doesn’t act on those feelings until a potential husband is presented to her. Refusing the husband, Monica alights for Bath, a coastal city far different from her home village, to start her life anew. Five years of toil and she is the undisputed queen of the theatre community: wealthy, independent and unwilling to answer to anyone she has the life she dreamed of. But, her years estranged from her family did not make her untraceable, and she receives a letter telling of her father’s passing and her mother’s ill health. Monica decides to return to her childhood home for his funeral.
I found her a bit selfish and perhaps more ‘forward’ than a woman of her time would have been, but in her defense, she also had a very narrow view of the world as a whole, despite her time alone fending for herself. The class structure of the time was rigidly defined, but starting to change, and her confusion in this absolutist thinking when she herself had overthrown the expectations showed most clearly in her concern for the estate’s tenants and what would happen to them should the estate fail. And in her feelings and reservations about Thomas.
Thomas has grown up on the estate – and always had a crush on Monica. One that he thought returned for much of his young years. I had a few problems with Thomas, while I appreciated his loyalty to his own family, the estate and even to Monica, his temper and lack of restraint on his many passions felt immature and made him less believable as THE match for Monica. But, they did circle about one another near endlessly for a long while there: These two pined away and circled about the very obvious attraction and feelings, sometimes with a near callous disregard for one another’s feelings, and then suddenly Thomas asserting that he wouldn’t hold her back from her dreams or desires.
Fortunately, we do move on from that, and they both seem to come to their senses, and a lovely romance is in the offing. These two are SO very stubborn that a visit from someone to bash their heads together for sense would not have gone amiss, but when they got it, it was lovely.
Little moments are left to wonder about: Monica’s sister has her own infatuation with someone who remains nameless, and there wasn’t a clear picture of Monica’s mother and what eventually happened with her, but this was a fun story that kept me engaged and enjoying every moment.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
One country girl living her dreams on stage is force to return home. Can she do what is right and find love in her heart?
Monica Danes left her small town roots with a prospective handsome man that her parents approved of to a life in Bath. But all is not what it seems as her prospective husband true colours started to show as he became abusive towards her. Finally getting away from her she finds herself on stage and enjoying her life. Her parents thinks her life is scandalous and does not want anything to do with her and her new lifestyle.
When her father suddenly dies, her younger sister writes to her to come home since she is tired dealing with the burden of taking care of her mother whose health has been steadily declining. So she returns home to bury her father and hKopes to rush back to her life on the stage as she plans not to stage.
Thomas Ashby is a groom on the Danes Estate and is still in love with her despite thinking she is just a spoiled girl who ran off. When the meet again, they still find themselves wanting each other. But he does not want to move as he loves the area and being near his family.
When her father’s will is read leaving her the estate, her mom with enough money , and the sister his place in Bath while she would rather stay in the small town. Monica finds herself looking for a solution to make everyone happy including herself and knowing that she cannot stay since she is still in love with Thomas and he is not willing to have anything more with her because of the difference in position.
Will they be able to have a future or will she end up marrying someone else in name only to go back to her other love?
Monica Danes left home five years earlier to pursue her dream of becoming an actress despite her parents’ disapproval. She has had no contact with her parents or her sister Jane in the intervening years, but when she learns of her father’s death, Monica returns home for his funeral. Intending to leave as soon as possible, Monica is torn between duty and desire but it is her love for Thomas Ashby that causes her the most turmoil.
Monica is a strong, independent woman and while she is likable, she comes across as a little thoughtless and selfish. She is definitely conflicted about leaving her family behind again, but she still feels confined and stifled by family expectations and country life. Despite their time apart, Monica is still in love with Thomas but overcoming their differences seems insurmountable.
Thomas is very loyal and dedicated to his family, Monica’s family and the Danes’ tenants. He loves his life on the estate and while he might visit the city occasionally, he has absolutely no desire to live there. Thomas wants nothing more than for Monica to stay but he will not stand in the way of her leaving.
Thomas and Monica are both passionate about what they want in life and there does not seem to be a compromise for their very different desires. The near constant conflict between them is wearisome and they spend most of the story going in circles. Both of them are incredibly stubborn and for much of the novel, a happily ever after seems impossible.
Despite a few frustrations with both characters, What A Woman Desires is an entertaining and engaging romance. The characters are well-developed and the overall plot is interesting. A lovely epilogue wraps up all of the loose ends for Thomas and Monica, but Rachel Brimble does leave few intriguing questions unanswered. All in all, a fabulous love story that fans of historical romances are sure to enjoy.
I received a complimentary copy for review.
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