"Lord Garson’s Bride" is the 7th book in Anna Campbell's excellent Dashing Widows series. I was really nervous that the series was going to end with book 6 so I’m beyond thrilled that we got Lord Garson’s story. Basically, last book’s jilted lover becomes the hero of this story.
First comes marriage and then comes love for Lord Garson and Lady Jane. I really enjoyed the heroine’s sweet nature and that the hero had to address the collapse of his previous relationship before he could get his happily ever after with his bride. I was getting used to Anna’s novellas so it was a nice treat to get a full length story. This allowed the author to expand the storyline which resulted in many wonderful chapters of sexual tension.
When I was recommending this book to a friend, I told her that I love this series because I love historical novels but I don’t always want the heroine to be a teenager. In Dashing Widows, the heroines are a bit older and wiser. The author found a way to write historical novels with age appropriate females that still feel historically accurate for the readers. I truly hope that there are more books planned for this series because I would read them all.
Lord Garson’s dilemma.
Hugh Rutherford, Lord Garson, loved and lost when his fiancée returned to the husband she’d believed drowned. In the three years since, Garson has come to loathe his notoriety as London’s most famous rejected suitor. It’s high time to find a bride, a level-headed, well-bred lady who will accept a loveless marriage and cause no trouble. Luckily he has just the candidate in mind.
A marriage of convenience…
When Lady Jane Norris receives an unexpected proposal from her childhood friend Lord Garson, marriage to the handsome baron rescues her from a grim future. At twenty-eight, Jane is on the shelf and under no illusions about her attractions. With her father’s death, she’s lost her home and faces life as an impecunious spinster. While she’s aware Garson will never love again, they have friendship and goodwill to build upon. What can possibly go wrong?
…becomes very inconvenient indeed
From the first, things don’t go to plan, not least because Garson soon finds himself in thrall to his surprisingly intriguing bride. A union grounded in duty veers toward obsession. And when the Dashing Widows take Jane in hand and transform her into the toast of London, Garson isn’t the only man to notice his wife’s beauty and charm. He’s known Jane all her life, but suddenly she’s a dazzling stranger. This isn’t the uncomplicated, pragmatic match he signed up for. When Jane defies the final taboo and asks for his love, her impossible demand threatens to blast this convenient marriage to oblivion.
Once the dust settles, will Lord Garson still be the man who can only love once?