A wife sale! When Lord James Harkness rescues Verity Osborne from being sold, then takes her to his manor house, little does she dream that love will follow...
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Her quite dignity and his honour compelled James to outbid the townsfolk and take her home with him.
Verity Osborne is not sure whether she has jumped out of the frying pan into the fire but she had little choice but to trust this stranger whom whispers in the village call evil!
An intriguingly original story - I could not put it down!
The concept of the plot is standard romantic stuff: feckless husband humiliatingly sells beautiful wife in a common marketplace to a mysterious, dangerous stranger. Beautiful wife spends book falling in love with said stranger.
What really lets this book down is the quality of the writing. The author is reasonably good at scripting the more intense moments of the novel, but this really doesn't make up for the mundanity of the bulk. The repetition alone was painful. How many "unreadable" looks did the hero and heroine cast at each other? If I cared enough, I'd count them. I feel sure that double figures would be reached before long.
In romantic fiction it's nice to care, to some degree, what happens to the two central characters. It keeps you reading. It's hard to care about the type of cardboard cut-outs that the central characters in this book turn out to be: one madonna, one misunderstood villain.
One other thing I want to mention is that there is absolutely no trace of humour in this book. The best authors of romance, in my view, either have their tongues firmly in their cheeks, or are sufficiently skilful writers to write straight romance. As far as I'm concerned, the author of this book doesn't tick either of these boxes.
I've given it two stars because, despite all this, the book is still readable. However, I'd only recommend it if you are a devourer of any and every type of romantic novel.
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