A Wedding Wager Mass Market Paperback – 21 Jun 2011
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About the Author
Jane Feather was born in Cairo, Egypt, and grewup in the south of England. She was trained as a social worker and, after moving with her husbandand three children to New Jersey, pursued her careerin psychiatric social work. She started writingafter she relocated her family to Washington, D.C.Her other Avon Books romances include The Eagle and the Dove, Silver Nights, and Bold Destiny.
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Sebastian Sullivan and Lady Serena CARMICHAEL (more on that later) enjoyed a romance three years ago, but Serena broke Seb's heart at the command of her stepfather and left town. Now she and nefarious stepfather are back, but Serena is determined to foil his plots, even at the expense of her own true love.
What's strange is, the biggest flaws of this book are pointed out in the narrative. Seb is constantly asking Serena why SHE has to be responsible for ingenue Abigail, and if she feels responsible, why can't she just tell Abigail's dad what her stepfather is up to? (Abigail's father later asks this same question.) And it all boils down to...because Serena wants to. So why Sebastian thinks she'll be a good marriage partner is beyond me.
And, why didn't Sebastian just tell Abigail's father what was going on? Who cared if Serena felt betrayed by him, or owned by him, or whatever. Wasn't Abigail's safety more important?
A language nitpick: I got REAL tired of "faro's daughter." Yes, we understand that Serena is a gambler and therefore outside the pale of good society (or something), but seeing this phrase over and over got irritating.
Finally, back to Serena's name: I love how all these other reviewers are referring to her as "Serena Grantley" because that's what it says on the back of the book...but her name was Serena Carmichael throughout the whole book. So, kudos to the publisher...you screwed up your ad copy. Second, did any of the other reviewers actually READ the book, or just do their review from the back cover? Or do you just not pay attention to little details like the characters names? Whatever.
EDIT: Oh yeah, and WHAT was the "Wedding Wager"? Was it just that Sebastian was betting his future happiness on Serena's whims? That would be a gamble indeed.
BOTTOM LINE: Better than many recent Jane Feather books, but not up to "V series" standards.
Lady Serena Carmichael had no choice but to hurt her lover, the Honorable Sebastian Sullivan, because her stepfather, General Sir George Heyward, had instructed her to do so. The general was running a crooked gambling house and felt he needed to flee to greener pastures to procure more money. As Lady Serena is destitute because of her stepfather's flitting away of her mother's inheritance as well as her own, she really has no choice but to follow him. During their years abroad with her stepfather helping to run gambling houses, Serena learns some hard truths about this man and what he is capable of doing. Having been jerked into the harsh world that has now become her reality, Serena learns to take care of herself. Vowing to stay with the general until she has skimmed enough monies to take care of herself, she is constantly on her guard to any of his nefarious plans whether they include her or the young, rich innocent, Abigail, that he has lined up to become his next wife! Serena has learned that it is best to be patient when seeking retribution and that revenge really is a dish best served cold! Serena relies upon herself and since she has had something essential to her peace of mind forcefully removed from her, it will be a while before she can truly give herself to Sebastian. Will she find that Sebastian can truly heal her, or will the obstacles in their way prove to be insurmountable?
A Wedding Wager is a crafty novel full of machinations by various characters. It is by no means a quick read. There is a lot going on in A Wedding Wager, sometimes too much. I found the secondary characters to be a bit distracting from the overall romance between the two protagonists, but I enjoyed the manipulations and maneuvering between the protagonists and the antagonist. Yet, it still wasn't enough to hold my attention. In A Wedding Wager, it didn't make a lot of sense that the general could return to the scene of one of his crimes and NOT A SINGLE PERSON who caused him to flee before was there waiting to deal out any form of justice.
Lady Serena seemed to be a very strong character who was a bit overconfident in her dealings, and she seemed guarded with her thoughts and explanations. She didn't always want to give reasons for things as she had learned to depend on herself since she was virtually isolated over the years. Because of her lack of openness with Sebastian, problems arose between them. A Wedding Wager made Serena seem too controlling and not very trusting especially when trying to protect Abigail from her stepfather. Serena seemed to believe that Abigail's father wouldn't save his daughter unless Serena did it first.
Sebastian had a network of support in his family, but he was a bit slow on the uptake. A Wedding Wager had Sebastian figuring out that he could gamble--wager if you will--on his uncle believing that Serena will fit the conditions of his uncle's Will in order for Sebastian to satisfy his part in gaining the inheritance. But what frustrated this reader, was that it took him so long to piece that together! Everyone else knew that as "faro's daughter" Serena wasn't exactly an upstanding lady, but for some reason Sebastian could NOT add that up until later in the story.
There seemed to be a lot of unnecessary filler in A Wedding Wager which just bogged the story down for me. It was an intriguing premise, but I was looking for a faster read with more action and adventure. Upon reaching the ending of the book, I kept thinking that Serena seemed to personify the typical hero role while Sebastian was more like the heroine, and I really would have liked him to have had some purpose in his life other than just being a typical aristocrat! Considering his lack of funds, one would expect him to try and do something meaningful with his life, yet that never seemed to materialize. It should also be noted that there were a couple of minor editing errors and that the back synopsis incorrectly identified the heroine of A Wedding Wager.
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