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- Publication Date: October 9, 2014
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- Language: English
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To Wed The Widow (The Reluctant Bride Collection Book 3) Kindle Edition
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This book is really about two love relationships, because it spends just as much time on Lord and Lady Ashmore as it does on George and Elinor. This relationship was harder to read about. Lady Ashmore is kind, gracious, funny and very likable. Lord Ashmore is a jerk. He's prosy, proud and overbearing. He has not touched his wife in over a year since he loves her and was so worried when she almost died from the last pregnancy. I felt a little sorry for him, but he's so clueless and uncommunicative I mostly wanted to box his ears. Then the book hints that *maybe* he's getting his male needs met elsewhere and I never recovered any liking for him, even when he grovels to his wife - which is an excellent make-up scene. But the damage had already been done for me. He would have needed to clarify that he never committed adultery for me to be won over.
** Spoiler for sensitive readers**
A major theme in the book is Elinor losing her first child and then not conceiving again afterwards. She grieves, and the scene is very moving and sad. It's well written, and I like the occasional touching scene to move my emotions. But speaking from experience, this might be hard to read about for someone currently experiencing infertility or loss of a child.
** End Spoiler **
Overall this book is very well written and well edited. It held my attention and I read it in two long sittings without ever feeling the need to set it aside. This is the second book I've read by this author and I really enjoyed To Tame A Dragon (The Reluctant Bride Collection Book 2) also. Elinor's reluctance to get married could have become tiresome (which is often the case in other books) but the author keeps the story moving forward at a steady pace as the characters develop, and analyze and accept their own emotions and circumstances. Very well done. I liked this book, but it's not a keeper.
Additional note: I bought this book at the introductory price of .99 cents and would never pay $6.99+ for a kindle book. I won't even spend that much on Kleypas, Balogh, Heyer, Burrowes, Quinn or other favorites. I'm making this comment because I find that sometimes my reading experience is directly proportional to what I spend on a book - the more I spend the more I expect. Since I only spent .99 cents, I was easy to please. If I had spent over $3.99 (my general max) I might have been pickier, though this book may have held up to the challenge.
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George Sinclair made his home in India for 8yrs until his older brother, Sebastian, who is an Earl insisted on his coming back to England to be his heir presumptive. George is to marry a lady who would be a countess one day. Lady Westin would be most suitable, unlike Lady Haywood.
Lady Elinor Haywood has been widowed 5 times despite choosing each husband carefully. The one thing she desperately wants is a child, so she decides she will only marry a man after she becomes pregnant with his child, although she’s not entirely sure that once she’s bedded a man, he will marry her.
George must marry Lady Westin & perhaps have Lady Haywood as his mistress for he cannot marry Elinor unless his brother & sister-in-law, Flora, has a son. However, after 4 daughters, & with the last a very difficult childbirth that left Flora seriously ill, Sebastian has not been near his wife. It is unheard of for an Earl to love his countess, so much so that he will not risk losing her for the chance of an heir.
With Sebastian & Flora’s relationship in serious trouble, & Elinor unlikely to have a child, will George have to marry his “perfect countess” - Lady Westin - or will he defy his brother & persuade Elinor to marry him?
So, two romances in this book, plus the next book in this series is about George’s friend, George St Claire. Hopefully Sebastian & Flora (& their lovely daughters) will feature. I do hope they mend their relationship & have a much wanted son & heir...
This isn't a particularly long book, but within it, Megan Bryce manages to pack not just one but two terrific love stories. The main one is between George Sinclair and Elinor, Lady Haywood - complicated by her history of short-lived husbands & childlessness and his duty to provide his brother's earldom with an heir. The initial sparring is beautifully done - when George's friend George St. Clair introduces them:
The widow said, "George Sinclair and George St.Clair? However will I tell you apart?"
Sinclair leaned toward her. "Just remember, my lady, the sinner and the saint. And then forget the saint."
Her smile peeked out from behind her fan and she whispered conspiratorially, "Forgotten."
Sinclair leaned in even closer and didn't whisper. "Good."
Their developing relationship is marked by bouts of delightful one-upmanship ("I've come to scribble my name on your dance card. A pity dance for the widow."), and shot through with poignant contrasts between the rigid conventions that threaten their love and the freer, warmer life George left behind in India. Megan Bryce's skill shows up in the smallest details: the Indian haircombs George brings as presents generate pleasure and excitement, as if even these small touches of India were potent. The tension between love and duty is immense, and I wasn't certain right to the very last pages, whether George and Elinor would make it or not. And I think it's a tribute to the author that an unhappy ending would still have been satisfying to some degree.
The secondary story deals with George's brother, the earl, and his wife; they need to face up to the emotional consequences of not having a son, and what that does to their marriage. It's a more downbeat story, but still told with great subtlety and understanding. And I suppose in some ways there's a third story as well - the relationship between George and his brother is not straightforward, and Megan Bryce steers clear of all the clichés of feuding brothers. There's affection between them, certainly, but that almost makes their differences harder to bear. There's a lovely scene where the earl has dragged his brother out to see how estates are run.
Sebastian cut into a piece of mutton. "You're very good with people."
"And you with sheep. You may take that as a compliment."
All in all, this is one of the best and most satisfying romances I've read this year. If you've not read the other Reluctant Brides books, incidentally (To Tame A Dragon or To Catch A Spinster) you're in for a treat there too.
Of Sebastian and Flora, so you were following the problems in both relationships. I love it good read worth the read
The only thing I don't like is the cover. Don't let that put you off. This is a simply lovely, heartfelt romance.