When John, Viscount Welford, proposed to Caroline Fleetwood, the only daughter of the Bishop of Essex, he thought he knew exactly what he was getting—a lovely, innocent bride.
Five years later, he knows better. The woman who ran to another man on their wedding night—after they’d consummated the marriage—is hardly innocent. Years spent apart while John served as a diplomatic attaché have allowed them to save face in society, but all good pretenses must come to an end. When Caroline receives word that her father is dying, she begs John to accompany her on one last journey to see him.
But there’s an added problem—Caroline never told her father that her marriage to John was a farce. As they play-act for others, Caroline is delighted to find she never really knew her husband at all. But can she be the kind of wife he needs—and does she want to be?
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At All About Romance, reviewer Caz has posted her thoughts on The Marriage Act. She gives the book a grade of B+, writing, “I’m a sucker for a good second-chance romance, and this is one of the best I’ve read.”
The Marriage Act will be out on July 27–and I just found out about a lovely review from an advance reader, available here:
Click here to read author Sarah Price’s review of The Marriage Act.
Thanks, Sarah, and I’m glad you enjoyed the book!
Are you a “professional reader” of romance–a book blogger, librarian, reviewer, or member of the romance community who reads and recommends books online? Advance copies of my July release, The Marriage Act, are now available on Netgalley. Just click here to jump to its Netgalley page.
I just received the first review for The Marriage Act. This is what Publisher’s Weekly has to say:
Everett (An Heir of Uncertainty) ignites sparks between wedded strangers in this tender Regency romance. Caroline, Lady Welford, has just been reunited with her husband, John, Lord Welford, after he served five years in diplomatic service. She believes that her father is dying, and John agrees to travel with her to her father’s home in Kegworth, where they will pretend to have a perfect marriage. But John still hasn’t forgiven Caro for trying to run off with a militia officer on their wedding night. Throughout their lengthy journey and subsequent stay in Kegworth, they begin to not only work through their misunderstandings but learn to forgive and trust. But Caro’s cousin Sophia’s flirtations with John threaten to destroy their newfound truce. Caro is an especially strong and determined heroine, whose ability to persevere despite her husband’s desertion of her makes her a very admirable character. Intense and ever-present romantic tension propel the novel to its emotional conclusion.
So, yay! Waiting for the first review(s) to come in for a book can be scary, and The Marriage Act is a bit edgier than my previous four romances, so I’ve been holding my breath.
I find it interesting that PW singled out the heroine as admirable. The book features a married couple who are at war with each other, and, so far, readers tend to come down strongly on either the hero’s side or the heroine’s–but it’s running 50/50 as to which of the two characters is more sympathetic.
And I have an official release date for The Marriage Act. It should be available on July 27.
What a nice way to start off 2015. Two different reviewers at Romantic Historical Reviews, Jill and Lady Wesley, both picked An Heir of Uncertainty as one of their favorite books of 2014. You can read their entire favorites list here: Favorite Books of 2014.
I also have an official title for my next regency: The Marriage Act.
When John, Viscount Welford, proposed at the age of twenty-six to the only daughter of the Bishop of Essex, he thought he knew exactly what he was getting—a lovely and warm-hearted bride, young and innocent but hardly a case of robbing the cradle. He had two excellent reasons to rush the wedding: the diplomatic post awaiting him in Vienna, and his own eagerness to marry the young lady of his dreams.
He never imagined that on their wedding night, his new bride would leave him for another man.
Caro Fleetwood had no thought of going through with the wedding when she accepted Lord Welford’s proposal. She simply wanted to make a certain dashing militia officer wish he’d asked her instead. Lord Welford was too old for her, and she scarcely knew him. But before she could muster the courage to confess her misguided impulse to her father, she was already walking down the aisle. Married to a near-stranger she didn’t love, what choice did she have except to run away once her new husband fell asleep? If only the furious and humiliated Lord Welford hadn’t caught up to her before she could reach her militia officer…
It should be out sometime in the second half of 2015. I’ll post more when I have a firm release date.
Happy New Year!
Two quick pieces of news.
First, the audiobook version of An Heir of Uncertainty is now available on Audible.com, and should appear on Amazon.com in the next day or two. Just click the link if you’d like to hear a sample: An Heir of Uncertainty on Audible.com.
Second, the cutoff date to enter my Rogues, Spies and Scoundrels Night “like my page” contest was midnight on 11/15. I had 22 new likes, and Random.org chose new like #1. That means the winner of my $15 Amazon gift card giveaway is Samantha Minter. Samantha, FB message or Tweet me the email address where you’d like your prize sent. (My social media links are in the “Find me here” box on the right.)
I have a release date for the audiobook version of An Heir of Uncertainty. It will be available on Audible.com this Thursday, 11/13. Amazon will pick up the release approximately 48 hours later. I can’t wait to hear the narration!
I had a great time appearing at the Rogues, Spies and Scoundrels party on Facebook last night. It’s not too late to drop by and read the posts or leave a comment. You can find the event here: Rogues, Spies & Scoundrels.
As part of the event, I’m giving away a $15 Amazon gift card. To be entered in the contest, all you have to do is “Like” my Facebook page before midnight on November 15. The page is here: http://www.facebook.com/TheAlyssaEverett. I’ll use random.org to choose the lucky winner. Good luck!