Pursuing Lord Pascal is the fourth book in Anna’s Campbell’s Dashing Widows series. Lady Mowbray and Lord Pascal are both interesting characters who make a wonderful couple. I loved that Amy had interests outside of being a wife and that Gervaise valued what she was able to bring to the relationship besides her wealth and beauty. What I enjoyed most about the Dashing Widows series is that it’s refreshing to read about historical women who didn’t need to pursue men for financial stability and survival but rather had the luxury to follow their hearts.
My only regret is that this story was only a novella. I wished that there were more pages to read about this couple’s life, to see them walk down the aisle and to repair his estate to its former glory using all her agricultural knowledge.
Even though this is the 4th story, it can certainly be read as a standalone book because this is where I started and it was amazing! The author gave just enough hints about the previous couples to make you want to start from the beginning of the series and that is exactly what I plan to do.
Famous for her agricultural innovations, Amy, Lady Mowbray has never had a romantical thought in her life. Well, apart from her short-lived crush on London’s handsomest man, Lord Pascal, when she was a brainless 14-year-old. She even chose her late husband because he owned the best herd of beef cattle in England!
But fate steps in and waltzes this practical widow out of her rustic retreat into the glamour of the London season. When Pascal pursues her, all her adolescent fantasies come true. And those fantasies turn disturbingly adult when grown-up desire enters the equation. Amy plunges headlong into a reckless affair that promises pleasure beyond her wildest dreams – until she discovers that this glittering world hides damaging secrets and painful revelations set to break a country girl’s tender heart.
All that glitters…
Gervaise Dacre, Lord Pascal needs to marry money to rescue his estate, devastated after a violent storm. He’s never much liked his reputation as London’s handsomest man, but it certainly comes in handy when the time arrives to seek a rich bride. Unfortunately, the current crop of debutantes bores him silly, and he finds himself praying for a sensible woman with a generous dowry.
When he meets Dashing Widow Amy Mowbray, it seems all his prayers have been answered. But his mercenary quest becomes dangerously complicated when he finds himself in thrall to the lovely widow. Soon he’s much more interested in passion than in pounds, shillings and pence. What happens if Amy discovers the sordid truth behind his whirlwind courtship? And if she does, will she see beyond his original, selfish motives to the ardent love that lies unspoken in his sinful heart?