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Alexander Lambeth, 5th Earl of Grenville, only had eyes for the fair Lady Elizabeth during his first London Season. Unfortunately, Elizabeth’s father brokered her marriage to another. Fancying himself broken-hearted, Alex consented to a loveless union with Lady Felicity, daughter of wealthy Lord Morecombe. Five years into his marriage, his first love is widowed, and Alex’sAlexander Lambeth, 5th Earl of Grenville, only had eyes for the fair Lady Elizabeth during his first London Season. Unfortunately, Elizabeth’s father brokered her marriage to another. Fancying himself broken-hearted, Alex consented to a loveless union with Lady Felicity, daughter of wealthy Lord Morecombe. Five years into his marriage, his first love is widowed, and Alex’s wife seems to believe he will waste no time making Lady Elizabeth his mistress. As Felicity chooses to live apart from him, a surprisingly difficult choice is thrust upon Alex. Whom does he truly desire—the ethereal Elizabeth or the maddening Felicity?...

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  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2018-12-10 15:55

    I liked the idea of this plot, but was a little disappointed with the execution. We're five years into a marriage of convenience, where the wife, Felicity, has always loved her husband, Alexander, but Alex is still carrying a torch for Elizabeth, the lovely girl whose father married her off to an older and richer man. In despair, and needing money, he married Felicity when her father offers a fat dowry. Felicity and Alex have been bumping along reasonably well, but when Elizabeth's husband unexpectedly dies, they both need to come to terms with their feelings and their relationship.I had issues with Alex, who acted like an idiot far too often for my taste, and it's a melodramatic, predictable plot (of course Alex finally figures out (view spoiler)[he loves Felicity when she's seriously injured (hide spoiler)]). Felicity blows hot (well, warmish) and cold and has a habit of running away from their problems, so she bears her share of the fault for the fractures that develop in their relationship. Elizabeth turned out to be a different type of character than I expected, but I thought it would have been a more interesting, complex situation (view spoiler)[ if she hadn't been such a selfish, conniving person at heart (hide spoiler)].This book makes some interesting, worthwhile points about love vs. infatuation and how sometimes we're too stubborn to admit when we're being wrong-headed and do what's actually best for us.

  • G.G. Vandagriff
    2018-12-06 15:57

    I am the author, however, I have to say that this is my favorite of the Regency romances that I have written. It is not a bon bon! It has some heft to it. The question it primarily deal with is: what is true love and what is infatuation? Can true love stir the blood into a passionate romance?

  • Kathy * Bookworm Nation
    2018-11-12 16:44

    I quickly downloaded this one when I saw the plot. I’ve read a lot of regencies and I don’t think I’ve come across one with this same plot before. Alex and Elizabeth were in love, but Elizabeth’s father was against the match and had her marry his friend instead. Alex is heartbroken and in desperation marries Felicity. Felicity had been in love with Alex since the moment she saw him across a crowded ballroom. Five years and one son later their world is shaken when Elizabeth becomes a widow. Felicity believes now that Elizabeth is free her husband will waste no time in rekindling their relationship. In an attempt to guard her heart she pushes Alex away. For the first time in five years Alex really has to examine his feelings and decide who he loves and wants to spend his life with. I think Felicity has spent the past five years trying to win her husband over by being the perfect wife. I would have liked to see a little more fight in her, especially where his sister was concerned. That lady was just plain mean and Felicity just put up with it. I couldn't understand how Alex could allow her cruel treatment for so long. I get that most of it was probably behind his back, but he knew they didn't like each other and never once tried to find out why. I liked Felicity. I truly felt sorry for her and had no idea how she handled being married to someone who was clearly in love with someone else. I will give credit to Alex for being faithful (at least physically) to Felicity throughout their marriage and treating her well, for the most part. I liked that Felicity wasn’t just going to stand by and watch Alex get back together with his ex. I kind of thought she should have fought for him more, but at the same time realized why she would be so cautious and admit I probably would have done the same and would expect him to fight for their relationship.Alex drove me nuts. It took him forever to figure things out and was continually thinking Felicity was a difficult wife, when really it was all his own doing. He makes some dumb mistakes and I wanted to shake him a few times, but he eventually redeems himself. I never really saw what he saw in Elizabeth, she had less page time than I was expecting. Overall, I thought this was a fun regency. I liked that the plot was unique and thought the whole situation was handled well. ContentRomance: Clean (view spoiler)[Mild innuendo, talk of the married couple having a happy sex life, no details. Talk of taking a mistress, no details.(hide spoiler)]

  • Vicki
    2018-11-23 21:50

    Enjoyable conflict filled romanceFelicity and Alex have been married for five years when his first love becomes widowed. Felicity has always known that she was not Alex's first choice. Between gossip and unhelpful family members felicity worries that he will choose to go back with his first love Elizabeth. He was certainly tempted when he heard the news. Felicity I thought gave up too early. She was in love with him and she should have wanted to fight for him more. There are many events that occur to cause a division which Alex faces that means he has as big decision to make. Stay with his wife of five years or pick up with Elizabeth. It kept me interested and I liked Alex as a father. Felicity was a wonderful mother and so their son jack was a very loved happy child. I wanted the family to be happy and stay together. I sure rooted for Felicity and Alex to work through their problems and survive all the intrusions in their lives. I liked the book a lot. It had warm feelings all through it. Sure it was a little aggravating, but that kept it from being boring. I would really like to read the rest of the Grenville Chronicles by G. G. Vandagriff.

  • Kathy
    2018-12-05 16:51

    I love when a book is written in a way that it draws me into the story and makes me feel for the characters. This one did a great job of eliciting emotions in me. I loved the heroine and was grateful the hero finally saw the light. I loved the couples devotion to their son. Content: Clean (there is talk of a mistress and implied marital relations)Source: Kindle Unlimited

  • Cheesecake
    2018-12-05 15:30

    I find I go back and re-read parts of this because it was such a good grovel with wonderful remorse. I still wish the epilogue had been more from Felicity's perspective, than all the people who had treated her ill. But definitely worth a 4th star. Would read more by this author.#############Felicity and Alex. A not so satisfying romance, but a good read none-the-less. Alex is one of those idiot Heroes who wasn't able to marry his first choice and forever holds it against the woman he does marry. Pretty hard to forgive!Elizabeth marries another (for whatever reason... who cares) and he is required to marry Felicity who is, of course, awesome and gives him a son. Then the OW becomes a widow and the 'Elephant in the Room' takes on a whole new dimension. Eventually it is more than Felicity can take and she leaves. It didn't help that Alex's little sister is friends with Elizabeth and despises Felicity. All facts that Alex has willingly turned a blind eye to. Poor Felicity. Alex who has slowly come to realize that he has been a complete asshat is forced to acknowlege that he is out of time and maybe too late to save his marriage.... and it is all HIS FAULT (well Elisabeth helped some too). Honestly if the time period was less than YEARS, it would be easier to forgive. But to seek forgiveness he must first find out where she has gone. The epilogue was good but after years of neglect, it needed more. I guess I am a gluten for grovelling. I would definitely read this author again though.

  • Brenda
    2018-11-23 15:40

    Arranged marriage is one of my favorite plots. Alex have to marry a woman with money because his lovely one married another and Alex was a poor Lord. Its his duty and different from almost every novel that I read that the couple barely speak or have any real affection. Here Alex and Felicity have a good marriage yet fraternal.There is no cheating actually the H was with his former lover just he refuse to acknownledge that he has a good woman. It was juvenile love. Elizabeth make no impact after she become a widow.I like Felicity yet she should be more fierce. At least her husband have some respect towards even with would have a mistress. They did not talk deep feelings she knew why he married her and yet she become very indecise to me. And another twist-that I thought was just to add information.What botter me was how his sister treat his wife and I am saying about years and he not once call ou his sister. I despise her. And him. And Felicity to accept that easily. I do not belive that his sister was sorry. She did not even ask apology from he sister-n-law. And she gains a husband after that.

  • Jessa
    2018-12-01 18:45

    I enjoyed this one because I'm a glutton for pining (esp when it's unrequited, or seemingly so at least), but Alex made me so angry throughout the book. I wish he had groveled more, because he made his awesome, loyal wife look like a fool so many times.

  • Kim Power
    2018-11-27 13:54

    ExcellentThis novel is a true gem. It is to Regency Romance what Georgette Heyer's The Civil Contract was to her more froth and bubble stories. Unusually, it begins several years after an arranged marriage, when a fragile equilibrium is shattered by an event which brings Felicity and. Alex's future into question. Felicity's character is well drawn, Lady Elizabeth is a riff on ethereal Regency heroines, and Alex, perhaps a little less well drawn, is a young man who finally grows up. Much richer than most Regency novel, and although there is a depth of passion, there are no graphic sex scenes.

  • Whitebeard Books
    2018-11-17 16:38

    I not only enjoyed this novel completely, I look forward to the next in the series. The characters are as real as anyone who lived in the time period and are both likable and frustrating at times. The writing is exceptional and it is obvious that Ms Vandagriff not only has solid talent, but truly enjoys sharing these tales. Keep up the great work, please!

  • Donna
    2018-12-05 14:29

    I am so grateful that arranged marriages are not the norm anymore! This is a sweet story of a man discovering true love... With his wife.

  • Adensanti
    2018-11-17 17:51

    when i cross over this book, i was drawn by the plot. i always love this kind of plot, the plot where the main guy was having his heart to someone else,but then he was left out by his dream girl who married someone else and he also married the other due to his need in "material" reason, and an heir. im having mush fun and grateful to the author of this book, to make felicity's character is soo strong and full of pride and all, since i always come across a spineless doormat main girl as the lead. felicity is different. she knw that the guy she married is already given his heart to someone else, but she love him, so she took a chance in hope that one day he will love her back, after all, elizabeth is married right? it's not like there's a possibility for alex and elizabeth to be a couple again. that's what she thought. felicity is in love w/alex since the moment she saw him winked at her. but at that time alex was still w/elizabeth,and then elizabeth was marrying the guy that she claimed was "chosen" by her dad. and alex was soo heartbroken, this news heard by felicity who has a very rich father and huge dowry on her shoulder, she then asked her dad to offering a marriage to alex. Alex at that time was also having financial trouble he has a bad year with his crop and cant pay for his workers and is in huge debt. he then accepting felicity's offer and married her while still thinking that his heart is for elizabeth. but when he saw alizabeth had her marriage ceremony, he then regreting his decision to be engage and marry felicity. what an ass...their marriage isnt as smooth as what felicity hoping, since alex always kinda "drew" a space between him n felicity, but he ofc, enjoying their sensual night and was shock by felicity eagerness to please him in that area. they then have a son, jake. who glued them more in hi level intimacy(as a parent) than the first year of their marriage felt like. but he still longing for elizabeth. and he made it clear by the way he act that it was elizabeth that he want and not felicity, but he didnt knw that felicity known his "love". and now, elizabeth's husband is died, and she's back to being single and rich. this gave alex a disturbing mind. he still have feeling for elizabeth, and many times it was mentioned in the book about the "inner" thought of his, about he still atrracted to elizabeth's form. felicity knwn about elizabeth is free again, and she made a bold decision to make alex choose who he wants to live his life with and she challenge him, that she wont be a secnd choice and put a blind eyes IF alex wants to make elizabeth as his mistress, or she no longer wants to compromised his feeling and lived w/the guy that has his heart to someone else. so, she stay w/her dad who coincidently having stroke and needed her attention. and so the story goes...i love this book, but i dont like 1 thing. the way annabele, alex's sister acted toward felicity. and it makes me a bit confused of why the author of this book, never make what's annabele did as a big deal, while i think, it's quite big deal. i mean.. who the hell is she dare to act as if she was own the house? how dare she always attacking felicity even though alex, his brother was around her? and how come alex never make it as a deal to shut his sister's mouth up?. isnt this all happened in historical times? where the wife of the big brother NEED to b respected, even though the insult is coming from his own sister. isnt manner as a "lady" was like kind of "unwritten rule" at that time? unless felicity is a poor girl, then annabele perhaps can be a bitchy stepsister thing, but felicity is not. so how can annabela free to act like that bluntly in front of anybody and nobody tell her to shut the hell up? not her aunty, nor Alex the man on the house. why??and how can she, while knowing that felicity is pregnant, her bitterness never cease. i mean, the author of this book doesnt even make annabela's personality as a bitch in the first placed. annabela's character was a good sister, charming, socialize and all. she only hate felicity, coz alex at the beginning of their marriage, once told annabella that he hated this marriage coz it felt like he was being purchased by felicity's dad. that's the only reason annabela hold grudge against felicity. so, when she was involved in "tortured" felicity, mentally, when felicity was preganant and thus making her gone and left alex for good, annabela is having fun! and congratulate alex by saying, now there will be no one that can stand in his way to elizabeth. is she kidding me?? how rude, mean and ughh... her personality is. she never considered that THAT WAS HER BROTHER'S LEGAL WIFE that was PREGNANT with HER BROTHER'S CHILD, nope! i mean, even a s a women, she was beyooondd bitchy! and then, when all is good, and she knws that infact alex was never hated felicity, she just gone to be a good girl. what an ass.... and she got the handsome doctor? ughh.. all the bitchess at least need to be humiliated first for what she did. i mean, she was far to curel to felicity as a sister that she though her brother was hating felicity bcoz he felt he was bought by felicity's dad. even if it's true, what right can make her did all the mean act to felicity? if it wasnt bcoz felicity's money, her brother can never be as comfortable as now in material issue, and she wont even can flashing her fancy gown and act like a rich socialize girl. i hate her. she act bitchy waaayyyyy over what she was supposed to be. and that what making me give this book only 3 stars. yes. bcoz annabele never got a good spanked from her brother. i hate annabela more than i hate elizabeth.

  • Debbie Brown
    2018-11-24 20:57

    This is a three-book series, and I started with the second. The main characters here also are featured strongly in the sequel, Lord John's Dilemma, which was excellent. Their history is briefly described there, and reading it piqued my interest enough to want to learn about it in depth. I'm SO glad I did!This presents a romantic triangle, which isn't that unusual, but the story progresses in an unexpected fashion. Lord Alex Lamberth, the current Earl of Grenville, was prevented from marrying the woman who was the love of his life, Lady Elizabeth. Her father, Lord Whitby, denied his suit and instead forced her to marry Lord Beaton. Heartbroken, Alex allowed himself to become engaged and eventually marry Felicity, but only for her handsome dowry. His holdings had been diminished by debts from his father's high living, and the money she brought into the marriage was an absolute necessity in order to revive his estate. Five years later, Alex continues to carry a torch for Lady Beaton and remains somewhat distant from his loving wife, spending much of his time away from home at his club. Alex does dote on their son Jack and is reasonably content with the daily household rituals he shares with Felicity, including the marriage bed, where he has found her to be a satisfying and passionate partner. But Lord Beaton has just died and Elizabeth is now a widow. Felicity worries that Alex will pursue his old flame and knows she cannot bear to look the other way while he takes up with Lady Beaton. Her husband has the authority to send her away so he can enjoy his love without the encumbrance of his wife nearby, especially since he already has an heir. Her anxiety is only reinforced by Alex's unwise attempts to be a friend to Elizabeth, which give the definite impression of an improper relationship between the two. It garners enough notice to be reported in the daily newspaper's gossip columns. Alex is seriously confused about his "difficult" wife. She's the one who keeps bringing up Elizabeth, making it clear that she knows his feelings for Lady Beaton. But he is also impressed with Felicity's compassion, especially when they learn his brother John has been injured in the war against Napoleon. She immediately knows what to do to help facilitate Lord John's recovery and takes steps to follow through. He also gets a glimpse into her activities while he has been hiding from her at his club and is favorably surprised.In the midst of all this, Felicity's father, Lord Morecombe, suffers a debilitating stroke. In one respect, this turns out to be fortunate because it gives Felicity a reasonable excuse to stay in her father's home (not far from the Grenville townhouse) along with young Jack. Dr. Caldwell is treating Lord Morecombe and observes Lady Grenville's distress. She feels torn about Alex and whether she should leave him for good before he has the opportunity to send her away and break her heart.As for other significant characters, Alex's sister Anabella doesn't help matters, since she knows Alex was forced to marry Felicity for money and is sympathetic to his dashed hopes for Elizabeth. Anabella just comes across as a snarky *itch whenever she's around Felicity. Alex's Aunt Henrietta is a breath of fresh air whenever she appears, full of good sense and warmth that Arabella lacks. The book is structured so the chapters alternate between Alex's point of view and Felicity's, and the reader comes to really understand these characters as well as their relationships with the family and friends with whom they interact. At first, it's hard to know whether or not Elizabeth is as much in love with Alex as he is with her, since we are never privy to her viewpoint. She causes a major breach between Felicity and Alex as the story develops. This character-driven plot is excellent, and it's executed beautifully. Every character and every event contribute to the storyline. The writing just flows. Dialogue sounds believable, as are all the characters themselves. For a Regency Romance, you just can't find any better than this.

  • Shanu
    2018-11-11 14:47

    Very basic read. I read this because the plot reminded me of the tv show "poldark". It has very little similarities, but somehow, i managed to find a connection in my brain between the two.-at no point, i really cared about Felicity and Alex as a couple. The story starts with Felicity announcing Alex (her husband and the father of her child) that Elizabeth (his first true love) is now widowed. From that moment -the very first chapter- she pushes him away, sure that he will run to her rival anyway. Alex does indeed visit Elizabeth a few times, but nothing that owes him the treatment Felicity is giving him, and the qui-pro-quos aren't that well developed, thus unrealistic.-I disliked the mistrust Felicity had toward Alex and her lack of communication with him : she basically hide away at her father's place, and because of that, she's heavily responsible for their drifting apart.-I disliked the way Alex was coaxing her to let him back into her life. His love declarations were over the top. "I thought my love [for Elizabeth] was eternal then, but compared to what I feel for you, it was nothing but puppy love. My resentment at having to marry you was the only thing that kept it alive. I felt that I had not been given a choice. Meanwhile, my heart of hearts was choosing you over and over again. I do not know when my love began, but I know that it has been there, without my knowing it, for a long time. I have taken you horribly for granted. Do you think you can ever forgive me?” *gagging*-Lots of clichés, from the realization of Alex's feelings ("I have loved her for a long time, but I did not really understand myself until she was hurt and I thought I might lose her."), to the epilogue with the birth of twins. No, no, no. - Once i put it down, i realized there was no real challenge in the whole story. It didn't keep me on edge to see how would the story would end : Alex was obviously too attached to his wife to cheat on her, let alone leave her. Felicity did nothing but hide away and avoid communication. Elizabeth was barely a villain (i can't believe Felicity believed her lies about her supposed affair with Alex... SMH), the rest of the characters (Aunt Henrietta, Annabelle the sister, the ill father, the enamored doctor, and even Jack, the son) were irrelevant. Wouldn't recommend.

  • booksthrubifocals
    2018-11-13 13:56

    Is Elizabeth Alex's pearl of great price or will he sacrifice all that is dear to revisit a youthful infatuation?Lord Alex Grenville's first love, Elizabeth, is married off to an older more affluent gentleman. Alex reluctantly enters into marriage with Felicity, who becomes an exemplary wife, and mother to their now four year old son, Jack. Grenville never quite relinquished his infatuation, and when Elizabeth is widowed, she encourages him to renew their relationship. Felicity has always loved Alex, despite knowing his heart belonged to another. She believes she must've now force him to choose between them, unwilling to live with the scandal he is incurring. Will Alex come to his senses in time to save his marriage, or will he allow a woman he never really knew to destroy all that has become dear to him? I thoroughly enjoyed this historical romance. The narrative flowed in a natural fashion, the characters were mostly believable and well formed, although our heroine showed almost saintly restraint in response to her spouse's ongoing insensitivities. Fans of historical romance, young and old will enjoy Vandagriff's "Lord Grenville's Choice", especially those who appreciate literary choices that do not include unnecessary explicit sexuality and profanity. Due to the subject matter of a man struggles to honor his marital vows, parental guidance is recommended. I look forward to reading more from this author.

  • Anna
    2018-11-11 17:28

    I love you because I cannot not love you."I love you because I cannot not love you." Does a double negative equal a positive? Alex winks at Felicity across a ballroom and she falls in love. But Alex loves Elizabeth. Elizabeth marries someone else. Alex agrees to a marriage of convenience with Felicity. Five years later, Elizabeth is widowed. Now, Alex has to choose between his wife and his first love. Jealousy, misunderstandings and confusion abound because Alex doesn't understand himself. Alex considered his wife difficult, because he sensed that she was trying to pull deeper emotions from him. But he resented having to marry her for money. He should have been grateful for the bail-out. Felicity is shown to be a devoted mother and daughter, caring for her son and father. Though Alex is a warm-hearted and attentive father, he seemed spoiled and resentful, and he clearly took his wife for granted. This was an interesting read, but I found myself arguing with the characters because of their continuing obtuseness.

  • L.A. Miller
    2018-11-24 15:50

    This was an enjoyable story of finding true love. Alexander loves Elizabeth, however her father brokers her in a marriage to another. Felicity loves Alexander, however in his eyes their marriage is purely an arrangement. Five years and one son later their world is shaken when Elizabeth's husband dies and she is suddenly available.How do you react when the woman your husband loved, has always loved, makes it obvious she wants him back. What do you do when your wife wants you to choose, between her or the woman you thought you always loved. This is the story of love, not infatuation. Of discovery, sacrifice and fighting for what you want. I enjoyed this story, enjoyed the characters and did not put the book down till the last page. So why did it not deserve a full five stars? For me the connection to the characters kept slipping, the story did not fully consume me the point that the outside world ceased to exist. Still it was a wonderful read and I look forward to reading other works by this author.

  • Reader
    2018-11-24 20:38

    the hero and heroine have been married for 5 years and have a son together. the heroine wanted the arranged marriage with him and he at that point didn't care because the love of his life married someone else. the story starts after all this happened and the ow husband just passec away. the heroine takes preemptive measures and confronts the hero about whether or not hes going back to the other woman because if thats the case she will not be staying. thr hero is confused about why she would think this, honestly me too. but then bit by bit the author tells you how unsatisfactory the marriage was. the hero was there in body but was not emotionally invested in the heroine. he showed no interest beyond sex, so she always felt like second best. I loved her, she loved him, but she loved herself as well. she was not willing to take everything he dished out. it was very interesting and different.

  • Sommertime
    2018-11-27 21:27

    This was an angsty romantic book. Alex married Felicity in a marriage of convenience. But his heart truly belonged to Elizabeth who married another man. When Elizabeth's husband dies everyone assumes he will pursue his one true love Elizabeth. But Alex is confused.The premise for this book was interesting and heartbreaking. Alex was kinda immature, spoiled and weak. He had no idea of the woman he married and how amazing she was. Because that is how he chose to live for 5 long years. He treated his wife as second best and took her for granted. When he finally comes to his senses, it's like he still doesn't really get it. This book had great groveling and Alex finally does have the epiphany that he needs to realise who he really loves. But somehow it all felt a little cold and unsatisfying to me. Almost like too little too late. Good thing I'm not a woman in Regency England. I'd never tolerate that crap.This was a clean read.

  • shewhorefusestonameherself
    2018-11-22 16:38

    This was a strange story. The plot held promise, but the execution was weak. We learn that Grenville loved another woman and married Felicity because his true love married another (not her choice) and Felicity's father approached him. This could have been a good story, but the way she told it made Felicity look like a jealous idiot with no cause for anger or frustration in her marriage. She was the one who assumed he would leave her and go to Elizabeth once Elizabeth had been widowed.If she had told the story of their early marriage at the start, I might have understood better (took Grenville a while to want to make his with Felicity real- and once they did, he felt a connection to her that he hadn't before).

  • Judy Bullard
    2018-11-30 19:45

    I enjoyed this very much.

  • Ira
    2018-11-18 21:42

    I've already read this book several times because I really love the characters and their story. As usual, this book by G.G. Vandagriff is well-written, charming and captivating. Of course, well, you have to fight the urge to kick someone the one or the other time because Alex, the 5th Earl of Grenville tends to be a bit dense and a bit stupid when it comes to women and their machinations but, well, he's a man, right? His sister on the other hand.... But I really loved Felicity and felt for her and I loved her for not accepting Lady Elizabeth in their lives. She was content with the marriage she had but she wouldn't accept anything less no matter what the consequences. Some things are a bit rushed but on the whole I really enjoy reading and rereading this book.

  • Stephanie
    2018-11-25 19:51

    Lord Grenville, aka Alex, and his wife Felicity have problems because Alex thinks himself to be in love with the crush of his youth, Elizabeth. He was forced to marry Felicity for her fortune and is still a little bitter about it five years later (he has no clue Felicity suggested the marriage idea to her father because she liked Alex). When Elizabeth's husband dies, Felicity expects Alex to rush back to Elizabeth's side because Alex hasn't exactly made her feel secure in their marriage. What follows is a fun read of miscommunication and trusting the wrong people and how it can lead to heartbreak.

  • Leigh
    2018-11-22 16:33

    What was that? hahahaaha.... I love stories with themes such as arranged marriage, H loves other women (later loves the h), forced marriage. The ingredients are perfect for a story like this but I found something lacking and I just couldn't figure out what. I understand Felicity's hurt and all but sometimes I felt that she did nothing to fight for the relationship and/or for the man she loves. Alex is also a... hmmm... I can't find a right term for a Hero like him. Really.There were times when I smiled at some scenes... but mostly I was like "Come on Felicity! Stand up for your man! Talk to him! Why do you always have to run away?"

  • Elda
    2018-12-11 17:28

    Angst, suspense and surpriseAfter having read the second book in this series for free and loving it, I decided I had to get the first book to find out what happened before. I'm glad I did. It was well worth the read. I love the fact that I can enjoy a good clean romance set in the regency period. And this story is well written. There's just enough angst to keep things interesting however, I was very satisfied with the surprising ending.

  • Bonnie
    2018-12-05 15:31

    History and romamceHistorical magic at its best, giving a glimpse of strong, empathetic characters in a time when women were considered as dependents with few rights of their own.

  • Sheila Dugan
    2018-11-19 15:34

    Entertaining The book was fast moving and fun to read , I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

  • ToriLynn
    2018-11-19 20:50

    WonderfulVandagriff, as always, is a delightful author. The storyline is charming and the characters real. She really gets into the emotions of a narrative.

  • Jamie
    2018-11-30 19:50

    A new twist to the standard Regency plot as this storyline is about a marriage, rather than a courtship. Alex has always been in love with Elizabeth, who was forced to marry someone else, so he married Felicity in a marriage of convenience. Fast forward five years later when Elizabeth's husband dies and the happiness that Alex and Felicity did find is threatened.This plot explores the difference between young, twitter-pated love and the everyday-ness of true love.This plot was a mixture of the love triangle in Poldark and a small dose of the pettiness in Mean Girls.

  • Katie Kofemug
    2018-11-20 16:46

    As modern readers, we tend to focus on the glitter of the Regency, glamming it up with amorous adventures in period costumes. G.G. Vandariff explores the emotions involved in a love triangle with a steady hand, using the tension of the subject to provide an interesting character study as well as a romance consistent with period values.I'll admit it, Grenville was just ticking me off! However, the writing was excellent, the whiny heroine stuff blessedly not present, and there was enough historical accuracy to believe this story, to actually see these people struggling along. There were moments when Grenville's character, sense of humor and desire to be more than an imbecile peeped through. It was enough to keep Felicity [and me] hoping. I wasn't sorry that I carried on.Normally misunderstanding tropes make me nuts, but this one didn't. Because the misunderstandings weren't between the couple, they were within the characters themselves. This couple talked, sometimes it helped and sometimes it made things worse. Often, the thoughts put in to words take longer to reach the mind than the ear, or the heart. Lord Grenville was genuinely confused, aristocratically selfish, and very immature but, even when he was being what I would consider a mar-oon, he was not outside of the ordinary as far as men of his time. Felicity was reasoned in her limited expectations, determined in her hope, and foolish in her exhausted grief. Family interference, friends trying to help that made things worse, and the old flame fanning the entire mess was entirely believable. [except for the Dr. but even he was credible in a contrived sort of way].The pacing of the story was well done, the conflicts focused and the development of the characters convincing. I understood Grenville's baby steps and backsliding. I sympathized with Felicity's roller coaster of hope, hormones and one-straw-too-many. Dialog and secondary characters were engaging, descriptions and situations visually and emotionally convincing. There was a Traditional Flavor that some might find slow but I prefer romance that takes the time to be romantic, even when the hero has to bash his knees, stub his toes and have a two by four smack him upside the head before he figures it out. And yes, I confess, I like a heroine that is reflective of the way women were prepared for life in the period written. Felicity was admirable, even when she ran instead of stopping to think things through, and completely aware that there were realities of the time she simply could not ignore. Yes, the book has a sickly sweet epilogue but that is the Standard now, not the exception, so I live with it and move on, or I try to.I recommend this book for a thoughtful read, when there's time to ponder the nuances of character and love as it develops over time and with effort instead of springing forth in a glittering rush of lust that no one can control.read my complete review at Page Traveler E-Book Reviews