Date Published: July 29, 2013
Publisher: Astraea Press
Author: Heather Gray
Genre: Christian Fiction, Regency Romance
Book Source: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Astraea Press for my honest review.
Will she be able to save him from himself?
Grace finds herself wed to a man who loathes her. She is shunned and exiled to the farthest corner of the land. It wouldn’t hurt so much if he hadn’t once been her best friend.
Thomas became a duke long before he was ready. Now he can’t go anywhere without women trying to entrap him into marriage. He expected better from his childhood friend.
How can friendship, let alone marriage, thrive in the face of bitterness, suspicion and misunderstanding?
What’s to be done when the hurtful choices made in anger have lasting consequences?
It takes a special kind of person to see past the pain to the beauty that lies beyond…
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Aside from her long-standing love affair with coffee, Heather’s greatest joys in life are her relationship with her Savior, her family, and writing. Years ago, she decided it would be better to laugh than yell. Heather carries that theme over into her writing where she strives to create characters that experience both the highs and lows of life and, through it all, find a way to love God, embrace each day, and laugh out loud right along with her.
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|Grace and Thomas had been best friends since they were young. He was someone she could always turn to. So when she asked her father if she could have a Season and he said some very hurtful things, it was Thomas who gave her comfort. But when Lady Appleton found them in an embrace there was nothing to do but get married of ruin her reputation. But could she make him understand that it was a complete accident and she hadn’t contrived to trap him into marriage or would he forever believe her capable of such an act?
Thomas had always loved Grace’s spirit and outspokenness. Ever since childhood he had enjoyed spending time with her. Having inherited his father’s estate and title as duke at a young age, women were constantly trying to trap him into marriage. When he was discovered comforting Grace and forced into marriage he assumed she had tricked him like so many others had tried and he was furious with her. But on their way to his castle in Northumberland, Thomas’ conscience began plaguing him and he knew he had been treating Grace unfairly. Was his conscience also trying to tell him he loved her? Could they have a marriage in more than name only?
This was a short novella at only 113 pages but a very delightful story. I loved Grace’s sharp wit and unconventional ways but I truly wanted to shake Thomas in the beginning. I warmed up to him quickly, though. Thomas’ valet and friend, Rupert, was a delight especially once he loosened up. The story was believable and the characters were endearing. The attention to detail was was great also. Bottom line, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and if you love novellas set in England you will love it. Definitely recommended.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Astraea Press for my honest review. The opinions stated are mine and mine alone and I received no monetary compensation.
Q & A: I ask the question… you supply the answer. 🙂
In London, in years past, simply being caught in an embrace was grounds for an immediate marriage. Grace and Thomas were forced into marriage when Lady Appleton found Thomas comforting Grace. In modern times actions such as this are completely over looked. Do you feel that etiquette in today’s world is too loose and in the earlier days it was too strict? Or should there be a middle ground? What are your thoughts? Let me know by leaving a comment below. 🙂