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on Nov. 05, 2013 :
*Book source ~ Picked up for free on Amazon
Richard, an impoverished Duke, marries Maria, the daughter of a Cit. She gains a title and a position in Society and he gains a vast amount of wealth. However, what she really wants is his love. Can wishes really come true in a practical arrangement?
This story is told in 10 small installments. The writing drew me in from the beginning. It is well-written with characters that are interesting. I especially enjoyed Maria with her strengths and vulnerabilities. She despairs over the fact Richard is still keeping a mistress and that it’s a well-known fact and gossiped about. She has no idea if he feels anything for her other than the fact she brought a shitload of money to the marriage and she tries to gather her courage to talk to him about it and his mistress, but well-bred ladies just don’t do that. I know that it’s just because of the time period she’s in, but I want to shake her and tell her to pull up her big girl knickers. lol I also want to shake Richard for being a stubborn idiot and for his stupid actions that hurt Maria. However, it all works out in the end.
All-in-all this is a wonderful short historical romance.
(review of free book)
Sharon E. Cathcart
on Oct. 07, 2013 :
Jaimey Grant is a member of the Clever Fiction writing group, and that's where this book had its origins.
"My Lady Coward" is the story of Maria, who is married to a duke named Richard. As the daughter of a Cit (what we might think of as nouveau riche today), she is looked down upon by the nobility into which she has wed.
She's also madly in love with her husband ... and is afraid to tell him since, as with many such marriages, he needed money and had a title to offer in exchange.
There are many plot twists and turns, including an appearance by Hart, the male lead from Grant's Heartless (Grant often includes characters from her other books as a plot device).
The episodic nature of the story is evident, but the book is entertaining nonetheless.
(review of free book)