- Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Jove Books (Sep 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0515131687
- ISBN-13: 978-0515131680
- Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.7 x 2.3 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,565,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Drew finds Kathryn dangling from a tree branch, in the throws of rescuing her pet fox from the dreaded hunters. When their eyes meet it is magical. Four years earlier they were deeply in love and betrothed to be married. Kathryn left Drew standing alone a the alter. He was so devastated he joined the war effort never knowing the reason why.
Kathryn now stands in front of him more beautiful than ever. Was his Kathryn really one of his father's mistresses? Did Kathryn and his father really have a son together? What is the feeling he still has in the region of his heart? Drew and Kathryn play no games. They still love each other fiercely. As they face many obstacles and unanswered questions, their love is rekindled and has no limitations. There love is gentle and touching but also sizzles with passion.
This tender and truly wonderful love story is incredibly written with characters you fall in love with. As ONCE A MISTRESS is the first book of Ms. Lee's regency trilogy, it is a triumph! Read it slowly and savor every word. Now we must patiently wait for EVER A PRINCESS, the second Templeston tale coming out in the Spring of 2002. I'm already looking forward to it.
So begins Andrew's journey into a nightmarish past, that causes him to question the character of his father and the woman he himself had planned to marry. As incredible as it seems, Kathryn had borne a son and the father of that son was his own father! Any man would be angry to discover this situation, but how many would be angry that his father had not MARRIED her! After getting over his initial anger at Kathryn's faithlessness, Andrew wonders how his father could be so crude as to make her his mistress instead of his wife.
It is only a small step from there to realize that he still loves Kathryn and wants to be her husband and the father of her son, his half-brother. But there are still many unanswered questions. Why did she jilt him and then refuse to see him or explain why? Why did his father never tell him about her? Why does Kathryn--in spite of being a mother and a scandalous mistress--seem as innocent as ever in the lovemaking department? It is truly amazing that Andrew is willing to marry her without finding out all the answers to these questions first, or that Kathryn waits so long to tell him the truth.
Frankly, I devoured this book. I cried several times while reading this book. It's fantastic! I'd give it five stars, except that there were some flaws. For example, the assumption that the father's bastard child could be Andrew's heir. The father's willingness to subject Kathryn to scandal seems out of character. Kathryn insists that she can't bear any children for fear of an inherited disease and then she expresses the desire to have children with Andrew. But even though not all of the t's were crossed, this book is exceptional and I strongly recommend it.
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