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5.0 out of 5 stars In the hands of a master of the genre, 19 May 2010
I love this author and have rarely been disappointed. This book was no exception. Mary Jo is a sensitive writer and this story of a woman who has been sexually traumatised by her late husband is riveting. She is in hiding from an assassination squad who blame her for his death. Although safe in a different part of the country, she has vowed never to put herself in the hands of another man. But circumstances force her to marry -- and to a man we would all love. He is sensitive, alert to her fears, desperate to make her love him but terrified he will overstep the mark and make her run. The story kept me absorbed, worried, fearful ... and of course at the end, happy. To experience the flowering of a person under the skilled hands of her husband is a joy. It is never over-written, never makes you cringe and the love scenes are sensuous rather than rapacious. I rate this book a keeper.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable continuation of Lost Lords series, 2 Aug 2010
Helen Hancox "Auntie Helen" (Essex, England) - See all my reviews
I haven't read any of the previous Lost Lords series but found this book easy to follow and very much enjoyed it. Our hero, Major Alexander Randall, sells out from the army in order to find a wife and settle down as he has unexpectedly become the heir to an Earldom. He just needs to find the right wife.

But Alexander has to come to the rescue of midwife Julia Bancroft, a woman he met the previous year and to whom he felt an unexpected attraction. There's a lot more to Julia than meets the eye, and he quickly decides they should marry.

But Julia's past marriage threatens their happiness, as do the people who seem to be trying to kill her. Can she and Randall find some sort of balance in their life?

The author had a good grasp of the historical setting but she did make a rather amusing mistake, saying that someone had a `slice of shepherd's pie' when shepherd's pie isn't something with pastry but is minced lamb with mashed potato on the top, not something one can slice but has to be served with a spoon. There were a few Americanisms that slipped in but overall the setting felt realistic and the characters true to their time.

What I liked about this book was that both Randall and Julia were very engaging characters, people who thought about others rather than being selfish aristocrats that one so often reads about. I was slightly irritated by a plot thread where Randall worried Julia didn't want to remain married to him, for which there was no apparent evidence in her behaviour following their marriage, but overall the story was well written and I will enjoy reading other books in this series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good regency romp, 3 Jun 2013
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Making my way through all the Lost Lords books this contains characters first met in Loving A Lost Lord and answers some of the questions about Julia that came up in that book . The story was not quite up to that of Adam and Mariah but definitely worth the read.
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