Author: Martha Keyes
Series: Families of Dorset #4
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: January 6, 2020
It started as a marriage of convenience, but falling in love has made it anything but convenient.
Fresh from the humiliating annulment of the love match she always wanted, Lady Anne Vincent meekly agrees to the marriage of convenience her father has arranged. She feels hopeful that this marriage can be one of cordial indifference, protecting her from the hurt she knows so well.
Tobias Cosgrove isn’t meant for marriage, free spirit that he is. And yet, as the only son, marry he must. He is thus relieved when his father reveals his future wife to be the calm, collected Lady Anne Vincent, for he is confident she won’t plague him with neediness or hysterics like so many of the other young women in society.
But when Lady Anne’s past reappears on their doorstep, she and Tobias are forced to confront whether a marriage of convenience is the type of marriage they wish for after all.
I stayed up way too late last night to finish this book. I didn’t want to wait until morning to see how it played out. I’m paying for it now but it was worth it. 🙂
I liked Lady Anne’s calm demeanor and her ability to go on with her life despite the horrible circumstances. It took me a while for Tobias to endear himself to me but he did eventually. Once again a lot of angst could have been avoided by some communication but there was some early on as Anne gently invited Tobias to spend more time with her. But the non-communication added to the conflict angle of the story.
The villain in the story reminded me of Mr. Wickham of Pride and Prejudice fame but he might be even worse than Wickham in many ways. It wasn’t clear to me if he truly felt driven to see his son or if that was an excuse to be in hiding. Wanting to see his son was perhaps his only redeeming quality and yet I question his sincerity so maybe he is just villain all around.
I have enjoyed this series and look forward to more.
Violence: yes. Not graphic
*I received a complimentary ARC of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.