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The Lady Always Wins Paperback – 22 Feb 2013
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About the Author
Courtney Milan's debut novel was published in 2010. Since then, she's been a New York Times and a USA Today bestseller, and her books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist. She's been a RITA finalist and an RT Reviewer's Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance. Her second book was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010. Courtney lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, a medium-sized dog, and an attack cat. Before she started writing historical romance, she experimented with various occupations: computer programming, dog-training, scientificating.... But her favorite job is the one she's now doing full time--writing romance.
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Seven years ago Simon proposed to Ginny, but was rebuffed when she stated she could only marry a wealthy men. Threatened to be disowned by his father, Ginny refused to be tied to a man she thought would regret his actions. Cue to the present where Simon has made his wealth and comes back with the determination to marry Ginny now that her husband has died. But little does she know it, his three days of seduction and marriage re marred by the fact he will be completely destitute. Simon made his money in the rail and his competitor, a canal man, is trying to buy the majority of shares in Simon's company and take over.
Since the characters have known each other since they were young children, Milan has easily set the foundation for the relationship. We get snippets of how they first met, the secret courtship, and the last time they spoke to one another. We're cleverly told why Ginny is such a proponent for marry a wealthy man. They rehash things in a way that's clever, we aren't inundated with too many flashbacks. They recall the heartbreak and the obstacles they faced in a smart way.
The novella is very fast paced and the fact that everything has to happen in 3 days works to Milan's advantage. Towards the end, we jump forward in time, but the bulk of the story has passed and now we're just rolling towards the HEA. It's a smart novella and there's no shortage of character development. We get a sense of who these characters are root for them. And we also see the development of them from when they were teenagers in love to adults trying to reunite.
P.S. As of 2/13/14 this novella is free on Amazon.
That was 7 years ago.
Now that she is a widow, Simon is back to claim her for good. He is willing to do anything, not even tell her of the impending downfall of his business. As long as he makes her his wife, he will make things right after… or so he thinks.
But, she has her own plan for him… for them.
This novella is a quick read but it packs a punch. Typically, short novels like this leave a bad taste in one’s mouth because the characters and scenes are not fully developed to be fully appreciated. But somehow, Courtney Milan knows how to properly spin a novella where readers can grasp the short story and not leave the reader hanging. I have read most of her writings and I enjoy the novellas as much as I enjoy the novels.
Courtney Milan, thank you for continuing to share your gift of weaving delightful and passionate love stories.
Courtney Milan writes the best historical heroines. They're always so smart and admirable. I know so many readers love a hero but for me, the heroine makes or breaks a story. Even though The Lady Always Wins is a novella, the heroine Ginny is just as commendable and memorable as though I had read about her story in a full length novel. I just adored her.
Ginny and Simon were childhood friends, adolescence sweethearts and then parted ways desolately before they had a real chance to have their love bloom into a mature romance. Courtney Milan provides excellent background history and writes entertaining flashbacks to their first meetings.
Due to the circumstances placed before the juvenile couple, Ginny married another man and Simon sought out to build his fortune and make a name for himself. I felt their heavy disappointment seep through the pages even though their story was recollected by the couple from years past. The span of time apart did not soften the hurt. Clearly they never got over each other and they were in each other's thoughts daily.
With Ginny's recent status as a widow, Simon wasted as little time as possible to pursue Ginny. Although The Lady Always Wins is a novella, I felt it was the perfect length for Ginny and Simon's story. From the moment they see each other after being apart for years, they immediately slide into the easy and fun banter that they both enjoyed from the past. It was if no time had passed. I LOVED their smooth transition into the little game of Simon seducing Ginny by a deadline. It fit this couple perfectly. In fact, when I finished reading The Lady Always Wins, I went right back and re-read it.
The Lady Always Wins is a gem and only .97 on Amazon. A delightful read that is sure to put a smile on your face.
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