BARELY A LADY
Mass Market Paperback
Rating: 5 Cups
Olivia was once the Countess of Gracechurch until lies and deceit ended in her divorce and disgrace. She now survives as best she can.
Jack can remember nothing of the last five years. He thinks that he is still married to Olivia, but dreams of another woman and other events that he cannot place.
Olivia lost yet another position due to the machinations of her ex's cousin Gervaise. Fortunately she was rescued by Kate, Duchess of Murtha, and is assisting her in her townhouse makeshift hospital. On a trip to the battlefield, she finds her ex-husband gravely injured and in an enemy uniform. Despite her experience, she cannot believe him a traitor and takes him back to Kate's to recover and to find the truth. This places all of them in danger, especially since Jack has no memory of the last five years.
In the dedication, the author mentions a friend whose last suggestion was that she write a Regency. That friend was absolutely right, I cannot believe that Ms. Dreyer has never ventured into this era before. She has captured the time, both the battlefields and the drawing rooms, to perfection and has created four very memorable women whose stories beg to be told. Olivia and Jack and their story grabbed my attention from the first page and I stayed up way too late to finish the story. The plot is full of intrigue and suspense, as well as a very complicated love story. Jack is a pretty flawed hero, but I liked him just the same, and I was in awe of Olivia's strength and determination to survive. I am really looking to Grace's story and the excerpt at the end only whetted my appetite.
Reviewer Coffee Time Romance and More