Not Quite a Wife
The Lost Lords # 6
By: Mary Jo Putney
Releasing August 26th, 2014
Marry in haste, repent at leisure.
James, Lord Kirkland, owns a shipping fleet, half a London gaming house, and is a ruthlessly effective spymaster. He is seldom self-indulgent…except when it comes to the gentle, indomitable beauty who was once his wife.
Laurel Herbert gave James her heart as an innocent young girl—until she saw him perform an act of shocking violence before her very eyes. That night she left her husband, and he let her go without a word of protest.
Now, ten years later, a chance encounter turns passionate, with consequences that cannot be ignored. But as they try to rebuild what was broken, they must face common enemies and a very uncommon love….
The moment Kirkland heard Laurel play the piano, he just knew she was IT for him. It was a whirlwind courtship, and before they knew it, they were married. But an incident had caused these two love birds drift apart, and after ten years, fate had led them back together.
But ten years has been a long time. Both of them had separate lives already, Laurel was helping her brother Daniel in their house of refuge and infirmary. She had found her calling, and her passion. She finally found something she felt useful for – saving lives, and giving a safe place for victims of abuse.
An accident brought them back together, which led to a passionate encounter that led to consequences which made it impossible for them to ignore. So, they tried to be civil, to become friends to rebuilt what was broken between the two of them. But, an enemy was lurking, and danger wasn’t that far from them…
Laurel was everything good, a little naïve, a little frustrating – I wished she just let him explain in the first place. Perhaps it was shock that made her flee. Nevertheless, the years that they were apart made them grew as an individual. Laurel was very young when she married him, ten years after, she had seen it all, although violence still made her flinch.
Kirkland was punishing himself. He allowed their separation as a form of punishment. But he was given a second chance, and this time he would do everything to make her stay. Kirkland was a great man – he had helped a lot of people in his own way. He was a good master to his servant, and made sure they were treated well. I wished Laurel would see this rather than the constant nagging of their past.
I was just glad she met some new friends when she was in London that have opened her eyes, and made her want to try. They deserve this second chance.
One of my favorite scenes in this novel was that of the rescue. Yes, when danger caught up with them, and Laurel was taken, the novel took a 180, and my heart was pumping so hard. Suddenly, I was sitting up, taking it all in, crossing my fingers. There were so much at stake. He needed to save her, I was glad he had loyal friends and servants who wanted to help him and his wife.
There were some slow moments in the novel, but I love it just the same. This was a journey towards reconciliation, acceptance and forgiveness between two lovers who were separated, and once again given a second chance by faith. Indeed, time can change a person, but true love, no matter how time passes, how many people will come and go in your life, and how much the distance is, true love stays.
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