THE LADY FLEES HER LORD
MICHELE ANN YOUNG
1935 Brookdale Road, Suite 139, Naperville, Illinois 60563
Mass Market Paperback
Rating: 5 Cups
Lucinda, Lady Denbeigh has been abused and ridiculed by her husband for the whole of her marriage. Married for her money, she is now trapped, with more and worse humiliations ahead.
Hugo, Lord Wanstead has survived Napoleon only to come home to an estate in debt. The loss of his mother, wife, and child in a very short time make him reluctant to form any kind of attachment.
Faced with a humiliation more terrible than any her good looking but cruel husband has imposed upon her so far, Lucinda takes what little money she can scrape together and runs away. She makes a new life for herself in the village of Blendon as the tenant of the absent Lord Wanstead. That nobleman, newly returned from the wars is everything that she needs, but she cannot get too involved lest she be discovered by her husband and his dissolute friends.
This historical romance is very different and more emotional than the norm. Lucinda is not a classic beauty, being tall and more robust than is fashionable, but is attractive all the same. Her husband fails to see this and treats her abominably. She is very brave to run away, and when an unwanted child is literally dropped in her lap, she takes on that challenge too. The author has written a really great story and has captured Regency England, both London and the countryside extremely well. The characters are real with virtues and flaws and the subplot of the vicar’s romance with the squire’s daughter is very good. The Duke of Vale is a character I would definitely like to see more of. This story, full of romance, drama, and suspense, is impossible to put down, and Lucinda and Hugo are a very memorable and well-matched couple.
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