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The Earl Claims His Wife (Scandals and Seductions) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Oct 2009
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From the Back Cover
She'll be his perfect wife . . .
Preoccupied with fighting Napoleon and making love to his mistress, Brian Ranson has ignored his wife since their wedding. But now that he's become the Earl of Wright, he's ready to fetch his bride back to London. He's shocked to find she's become a bold, beautiful woman, exactly the kind he lusts after . . . and she wants nothing to do with him.
Gillian, Lady Wright, is desperate to seize the love she's been denied . . . but not with her rakish husband! So she makes a bargain—for thirty days she'll be the perfect wife, then he'll set her free. But no matter how she hardens her heart against her damnable earl, her body begs her to surrender . . .
About the Author
Cathy Maxwell spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, “Why do people fall in love?” It remains for her the great mystery of life and the secret to happiness. Fans can contact Cathy at www.cathymaxwell.com or P.O. Box 484, Buda, TX 78610.
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The book is about rediscovered (or discovered-for-the-first-time) love. Gillian has been married to Brian, Lord Wright, for several years but has not seen him as he's been away fighting against Napoleon. After their wedding night he told Gillian that he loves his mistress and so they were estranged. As the story begins Wright has returned from overseas and is writing to Gillian to ask her to return to him. She, on the other hand, has caught the fancy of a handsome Spanish chap and is considering an affair with him. When Wright appears to bring her back to London with him there starts a battle of wills and a journey of discovery - and there are some things that Gillian has to discover which may cause her much heartache.
This was a rather disjointed story. Gillian falls in and out of love with Brian, there are misunderstandings galore (many of which seem rather unlikely), lack of communication is vital to the plot and yet it seems that Gillian and Brian are actually very good at communicating in other areas. Gillian's behaviour towards the Spanish Barón is not a good advert for her character, but is one of the few indications that we actually get towards character in the story as otherwise everyone seems a bit wooden. The ever-present plot requirement that Brian tells Gillian he loves her (and then everything will be fine) was grating and the historical setting didn't work in many occasions. It's fun reading a book set in the Regency period but not when the names, language and behaviour of the characters is better suited to 21st Century America.
Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2009
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When Brian Ranson came back from the war, he had changed. He lost many of his soldiers on the battlefield. The war made him think about the wife he left behind. He isn't the same person that Lady Gillian Wright remembers. He matured and his family is now very important to him. His life was all upside down when he returned to England. He lost two brothers who were in line for the title. Brian was stunned that he is the next heir to the estates.
When Brian married Gillian, he had a mistress whom he had grown up with in the country. His father wouldn't allow him to married Jess, a dairy maid. His father, the marquess, made the arrangements for Brian to married Gillian, a young lady from the upper class. When Brian left for France to fight the Napoleon war, Jess his mistress, made a pass at Brian's father. Jess, as a result of her affair with the marquess, had a baby just before Brian came home from the war. They didn't want the baby and farmed him out where the baby was neglected and was mistreated. The servants informed Brian what Jess had done to the baby.
Brian didn't tell Gillian that Jess and his father had a child. He went looking for the baby who was in a closet at the parish poorhouse crying his eyes out. The baby was so sick that Brian wasn't sure if he would live. When Brian and Gillian arrived in London at their home and Gillian heard a baby crying. She thought the worse. Gillian agreed to help save the baby and help Brian to get a position in the War Office, with the understanding that after thirty-days she wants her freedom.
The Earl Claims his Wife was a boring story. I felt sorry for Brian, the main character. He was young when he was forced to married Gillian. His father, the marquess of Atherton, was a master in need to be in control. Brian was changing during the years away at war and Gillian is part of that change. He had made a mistake by not appreciating what he had found in Gillian. The coach ride to London, Brian told Gillian that he wanted to start fresh and they repeated their vows. Gillian was happy until she heard the baby crying. I thought that she was playing the martyr role throughout the book, until the last chapter. That role by the main heroine did not endear me to her.
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