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- Publisher: Plato Publishing (March 11, 2019)
- Publication Date: March 11, 2019
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07M9SZVYJ
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Young Widow, Lady Eliza💃💋💔, has been through the wringer with her life so far. Her father, an abusive, mean, and despicable Marquess👺, physically hurt her and her mother many times as she grew up. He is also a master manipulator and threatener.
He put her into an arranged marriage to a known Rake, but they finally came to 💘love each other. Then he was tragically killed in a fall from his horse during a race. The only good thing in her life is her little daughter, Althea👸.
Her father threatens her again now, and is trying to force her into another arranged marriage with his crony in crime, Mr Bellum, a wealthy man old enough to be her grandfather! If her father👺 cannot get Eliza💃💋💔 married to the old man, Bellum will call in all the loans and debt her father owes him.
Eliza💃💋💔 finally gets the gumption to leave town and go far away to hide from her father and the new arranged marriage. Her dad is told she went on a ship to America.
On her way to her new hideaway in England, many miles away from her horrible father, her coach is waylaid by two bandits. She is saved by a handsome lord, the Viscount Pendleton🐺🍆🌋, who was out riding🏇 when he saw the attempted robbery.
Eliza💃💋💔 is taken to his estate to recover from the ordeal. It turns out Pendleton🐺🍆🌋 is a friend of her late husband's brother! What a small 🌎world!
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There are a fair number of misspellings and left out words in the published book, but it didn't diminish my enjoyment of it. I thought the story was well written and well thought out.
Eliza tried to hide the marks her father left on her neck. But when Althea was put to bed, Lady Falsbury asked her to tell them what happened that day and how she got bruises on her neck! She told them the truth, and her in-laws made a plan to save her and keep her safe. They would say she and Althea went to the colonies – since someone in the household had to be spying and giving information to Eliza’s father. In reality, they would send her in secret to her husband’s brother who had married her cousin. He would keep her safe while Lord Falsbury would meet Eliza’s father in London. She was part of their family and they would protect her.
On her way to her brother-in-law’s castle, Eliza meets Nathaniel, the Viscount Pendleton, a man who also happens to be a friend of her husband’s brother. Will the two of them resolve the secrets they are keeping and perhaps find a happy life together? Or does Fate have another road for each to follow?
I really enjoyed this book! The characters, both the good and bad, were perfectly drawn, with the reader immediately caring for Eliza and her daughter. The story line was good and the pacing moved along quickly once the danger was made known. Grab your copy and see what awaits Eliza as her family tries to save her from her evil father!
This book follows the Earl of Sunderland. It stands alone and is wonderfully written. I give this book a thousand stars, and the series a universe full!
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Ben the two year old daughter. It's great when you can visualise the lift of an eyebrow, the mouth 👄 when the corner of the lips turn up, even the water in the stream. LOVED it.A MUST READ
I RECEIVED AN ADVANCED READERS COPY of this in EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.
The Wicked Earl’s Widow is the second book in the Once Upon a Widow Series by Aubrey Wynne. This was an intriguing historical romance with drama, action, humour, suspense, second chances, secrets, lies, discoveries, danger, intrigue, kidnapping, and some mystery.
The story is set along the same timeline as Rhapsody and Rebellion, and there are some interconnected details and characters from other of Ms. Wynne’s books. Nathaniel is best friends with Gideon from Rhapsody and Rebellion; and is the childhood friend of Grace from ‘Earl of Sunderland’ (Wicked Earl’s Club Series Book #4). Eliza is Grace’s cousin. I really enjoyed discovering all the interconnected details- as well as trying to unravel the ‘mystery’ elements of this story.
Eliza had a hellish childhood, at the hands of an abusive and violent father. He married her off as soon as he could- treating her like merchandise in a business arrangement. Eliza was both worried about her new husband, but quite relieved to be out from under her father’s oppression. She is surprised to find her husband is gentler and more caring than she’d expected, developing feelings for him along the way. So, she is genuinely devastated when he dies in a riding accident, leaving her a widow and single mother to their two year old daughter. Her father doesn’t take too long before he is hounding her about marring again- heavily in debt, he needs her to make a wealthy match to pay off his debts. Then, when her safety is threatened, Eliza is forced to flee London to the safety of her cousin’s country estate. But along the way they encounter an old woman being set upon by rogues. She won’t look the other way and pretend she didn’t see anything, so she takes matters into her own hands and does something quite out of character- saving the old woman in the process. This is where Nathaniel arrives on the scene, offering his assistance, and then somewhere to rest from their taxing journey.
Nathaniel is the Viscount of Pendleton. His father died when Nate was only a boy, leaving him the title and estate. If it hadn’t been for the kindly estate manager who took Nate under his wing, Nate may have had an entirely different life. When he sees Eliza for the first time, he is immediately intrigued by her. She was quite the conundrum- fierce yet fragile, terrified yet valiant- and so utterly stunning. He had a feeling there was so much more to her and her story than she was letting on, and he was determined to find out what, and to win her trust. He feels quite taken with her and Thea, as well as triggering his protective nature. When danger follows her, he’s determined to keep her safe. What happens you ask? Well you will need to read the book to find out. It is definitely one book that historical romance/regency romance lovers won’t want to miss.
This story showcases Ms. Wynne’s creative storytelling talents and gives the reader a very immersive experience. There was so much happening in this book- but it was all wonderfully choreographed into a smooth and entertaining read.
The characters are all so well developed- each with their own individual personalities. They were so easy to like, or detest (as in the case of a certain character). Althea (Thea) and Cyrano were adorable additions to the story and definitely stole the scenes they were in.
It is told from several points of view, which gives the reader a much broader perspective of the story, events, thoughts, feelings, and motivations which occur.
So, if you like a great regency/historical romance, with wonderful characters, and a story that will pull you in and engage you from beginning to end- then this is definitely the book for you!
Thank you, Ms. Wynne!