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!
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.
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!
Today Romantic Historical Reviews is taking a look at An Heir of Uncertainty. “For readers who enjoy more depth to their historical romances (in a similar vein to Mary Balogh), lovely prose, a clever mystery and well-researched plot, An Heir of Uncertainty is highly recommended.” (Thanks Jill!)
Today on All About Romance, I was mentioned in their article on the “Buried Treasures” of 2013. Thanks go to reviewer Caz Owens for thinking of me!
Over at the AudioGals site, the wonderfully articulate and perceptive Caz has written a review of the audiobook version of Lord of Secrets, giving the content an A- and the narration a B-. I’m always grateful for reviews (even the unfavorable ones, as long as they mention what didn’t work for them so I’m not left lying awake at night, wondering, wondering…). I particularly appreciate the kind of thoughtful and detailed look Caz always takes at a story.
I just received my first review for An Heir of Uncertainty, my upcoming (March 10) release. Romantic Times Reviews gives the book four stars and calls it “a mystery rolled into a love story that is both exciting and tender.” They also single out one of the secondary characters, Freddie, calling him a “standout.” Thanks, RT!
At All About Romance today, reviewer Caz takes a look at A Tryst With Trouble: “it’s just the thing when you’re looking for a pick-me-up read.”
Last year, Jennie of Dear Author reviewed A Tryst With Trouble, and today, Willaful has posted a new Dear Author review of the book. She writes that it “didn’t feel bloated or cutesy to me, as so many wallpaper Regencies do, and it just generally had a freshness that appealed to my jaded romance palate.” She gives the book a B-, which I’ll happily take from Dear Author any day!