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Mostly Married (Zebra Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – 30 Apr 2004

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A lovely debut 1 April 2004
By Debbie Jett - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Just as the hero of Lisa Manuel's debut novel, MOSTLY MARRIED, could be viewed as being "of two minds" (his amnesiac state and his real self), I felt that I, too, was "of two minds" regarding this book! Like the hero, my two minds did indeed meet, and I came away with a more than favorable impression.
As to my first mind, I can honestly say Ms. Manuel has a truly lyrical writing voice. Her descriptive words and phrases are quite lovely, her pacing smooth, her style flowing. If dialogue can sparkle, Ms. Manuel's did. The story's flashbacks, woven into this fast paced tale, were neatly done. In fact, I could find no fault at all with the author's writing skills. Every writing mechanism employed in MOSTLY MARRIED bespoke a polish I found amazing for a never-before-published author.
While Ms. Manuel writes beautifully, my second mind felt that her storyline and character's actions were often not believable. In the opening pages of this story, the hero awakens after a night of carousing and a nasty bump on the head to find he has " come to himself " after more than a year of amnesia. He's in bed with a woman he doesn't know but discovers quickly she's a Scottish farmer's daughter he married a year before. He is, in his other life, an English duke. He remembers everything about his former life, including the fiancee he left behind, but not why he came to be found half drowned on the remote Scottish coast. (There is a cleverly done mystery woven into this story as well).
The hero, who considers himself an honorable man, is ready to return to his former life - without his wife. He has a fiancee, after all, and he's honor bound to return to her. So what about his wife? Hmmmm...For all his arrogance, he doesn't realize that as a peer of the realm the ton would no doubt accept his common Scottish wife? As for his fiancee, she is the daughter of a baronet, who has lost both his fortune and his mind. She, with no dowry, and her father have lived off the generosity of the duke's family for years. Hmmmm...This hero needed another bump on his head - this time with a baseball bat.
The heroine's later deception was also unbelievable. Fiery, blunt- spoken and honest, the heroine's masquerade before his family seems out of character as is her sudden transformation from a Scottish farm girl into an English lady (with no Scottish accent). She, too, needed a knock with a baseball bat a time or two.
Despite these unbelievable aspects of the story, I enjoyed it immensely...mostly because of Ms. Manuel's impressive writing talent. The smoothness of her delivery and the richness of her words far overshadowed any flaws the story and its characters may have had.
MOSTLY MARRIEDis the first of a trilogy with MOSTLY MAYHEM and MOSTLY A LADY to follow.
Debbie Jett, reviewer
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding Debut Novel 3 April 2004
By M. Rondeau - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Setting - St. Abbs, Scotland and Wakefeld, England 1823 --- As Lucas Holbrook, Duke of Wakefield emerged from unconsciousness, several things were not making sense - one of them being why he was smelling sea air in his home at landlocked Longfeld Park. The other thing was why the lovely green-eyed naked `goddess' sharing his bed was berating him for fighting and carousing the night before, and why on earth was she calling him Luke Martin instead of `your grace'. As Lucas became more and more confused, Charity, Luke Martin's wife, began experiencing her worst nightmare. There had always been the chance that the half-dead man her family had fished from the sea would regain memory of his past, but that he could forget her and the idyllic life they'd made, loving and working together in the past year, was horrifying especially now that she was certain that she was carrying his child! She had planned to tell him about the babe, but this just didn't seem to be the time - when he couldn't seem to remember who she was or what they had meant to one another.
Charity realized that Luke, the man she'd loved and married, was much too honorable to ignore his former life and had to return to his family to let them all know he was alive and well, including his fiancé, Helena. Charity had no choice but to let him go back to his world but she couldn't give up completely her hope of seeing him remember the life they'd shared together - the past year of paradise and dreams. She concocted a plan to slip into his realm, emerging as his families' newest and dearest friend and neighbor, Miss Charity Williams. Lucas, would be torn between the two women, one he had loved so well like a sister, and one whose fragrance and body he was beginning to remember so well!
Readers will be impressed and delighted with this outstanding debut novel of an author that I predict is a new star in the making. Her well-developed characters sprang to life in this novel as the author gives us two compassionate, loving and totally honorable protagonists that you simply have to love as they both try to determine the right and honorable path to take over their respective emotional turmoil. She liberally sprinkles in amusing and lovable and some villainous secondary characters, and keeps up the suspense of how and why this landlocked Duke ended up being fished out of the sea. The love story is a joy and you will be entertained and satisfied from beginning to end! I suggest that lovers of this historical romance genre put this author on their `watch' and `buy' lists! --- Submitted by Marilyn Rondeau, Official Reviewer for [...] ---
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I'm sorry . . . 30 Mar. 2009
By Vanessa - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I just couldn't get past page 59. Seemed a bit boring and just didn't seem to grab me. Plus I have to wonder if Lucas is such a gentleman then why would he be so willing to leave a woman that can be proven as his wife to go back to a woman that was just a fiancee?
Falling in love again 7 May 2015
By Melissa - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Mostly married takes the Amnesia trope and gives it a little twist. I really liked this story especially, the characters were interesting and the heroine was especially good.
Lucas Holbrook, Duke of Wakefield awakens in Scotland and gets the surprise of his life. A beautiful Scott is claiming he is her husband. Lucas believes it is a joke but as he listens to the woman discovers they have been married a year. Lucas had been in a shipwrecked and had washed ashore over a year ago. He had amnesia and fell in love and married.

Charity Martin is living a nightmare. Suddenly her beloved Luke does not remember her or their wedding or even their dear little Westland terriers. She is devastated when Lucas says he must leave their lovely homestead and return to England to let his family know he is alive and to take his place amongst the peerage. What’s worse is Lucas knows he has a fiancé waiting for him back in England.

What makes this romance so wonderful is watching Charity try and make her husband fall in love with her all over again. She still recognizes his inherent goodness, generosity and charm. Charity is daring and before even she knows it, she has wiggled her way into Luke’s family and certainly into his heart.

Lucas is torn between exploring his feelings for Charity and his duty to his family. He does not stand a chance against Charity’s intrepid spirit though. Even Charity’s pets are making inroads into his heart. This is a sweet romance about a husband and wife finding each other all over again.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Manuel's characters sparkle! 4 Jan. 2005
By Toni Lea - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
No wonder Lucas can't resist Charity! She's funny, feisty, smart and gorgeous. And what red-blooded woman wouldn't want a man like Lucas? Okay, so the plot's a little outrageous and some of the situations a bit unlikely...but I couldn't wait to see what the characters were going to do next and the outlandish premise just made it all more fun. Lisa's dialogue, both spoken and internal, sparkles. I fell in love with the people in this book and can't wait for the rest of the series.
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