The Spurned Viscountess

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The Spurned Viscountess

Rosalind’s only chance at an ordinary life is to marry outside of her village, where rumors of witchcraft follow her. Presented with the chance to marry Lucien, Viscount Hastings, Rosalind agrees and travels to Castle St. Clare. She doesn’t expect love but wants security and a chance to have children of her own.

Lucien has recently returned from the Continent and has reluctantly agreed to marry a woman chosen by his father, the Earl of Hastings. He has no plans to make his marriage real or have children with his bride; he’s too busy plotting revenge for the murder of his beloved Francesca.

When Rosalind is troubled with a series of mysterious accidents, she must turn to her husband for protection. Given no other choice, Lucien keeps Rosalind close and soon finds himself in the precarious position of falling in love with his own wife.

This is a revised and updated version of “The Second Seduction”, a book previously published by Shelley Monro in 2005. It’s a well done historical love story focusing on love and revenge.

Rosalind is a great heroine, she’s had the supernatural gift of “sight” or visions all of her life, she’s had to deal with the rejection, suspicions and accusations that her gift brings. Rumors of witchcraft have followed her since childhood. From a historical point of view, this was a dangerous time to have these gifts and be accused of being a witch; Ms. Munro did an excellent job of portraying Rosalind’s situation. Rosalind doesn’t understand what is going on at Castle St. Clare but she’s determined to have a husband and children of her own and decides to make the most of her situation. Rosalind’s inner strength and perseverance serve her well as she maneuvers her way around her new husband and his family. Her tender heart appeals to Lucien even as he doesn’t want to notice anything about his new wife

Lucien is an angry man at the beginning of this story; he’s suffering from amnesia and is stuck with a family he knows nothing about. He does know that he had an Italian wife, Francesca, and that she had been pregnant with their child and murdered. He is determined to discover why she was killed and who ordered it so that he can exact his revenge. Lucien’s obsession with revenge is a recurring motive throughout the book.

Throughout this love story there are two mysteries that must also be solved, the first being what caused Lucien’s memory loss and the scar on his face and who killed Francesca, the second being about the local smuggler’s ring and what ties it has to Castle St. Clare and the people that live there. Ms. Munro did a good job of keeping the plot moving and weaving these elements into the love story that develops between Rosalind and Lucien.

Since I don’t want to give away spoilers, I will say that I enjoyed this story overall and that the ending was well done and had a few surprising elements. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Munro’s work.

Book Blurb for The Spurned Viscountess

Cursed with the sight and rumors of witchcraft, Rosalind's only chance at an ordinary life is marriage to Lucien, Viscount Hastings. She doesn't expect love, only security and children of her own. Determined to go through with the wedding, she allows nothing she encounters at the gloomy Castle St. Clare to dissuade her.

Recently returned from the Continent, Lucien has no time for the English mouse his family has arranged for him to marry-not when he's plotting to avenge the murder of his beloved Francesca. He has no intention of bedding Rosalind, not even to sire an heir.

Though spurned by her bridegroom, Rosalind turns to him for protection when she is plagued by a series of mysterious accidents and haunted by terrifying visions. Forced to keep Rosalind close-and tempted into passionate kisses-Lucien soon finds himself in grave danger of falling in love with his own wife...


Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2010 4.00