This book has gotten a lot of buzz and I was really, really looking forward to reading it for myself.
Martha Russell is a newly made widow and she’s desperate to hang on to her husband’s estate. Â Not for herself, mind you, but for her staff and the neighbors in her country home. Â Why you ask? Â Because her husband’s brother would inherit and he has a reputation for cornering and violating women. Â The only way for Martha to keep her estate is for her to produce an heir. Â She knows she’s not pregnant, but no one else does. Â So she decides to take matters into her own hands and enter into an “arrangement” with her new neighbor,Â Theophilus Mirkwood.
A Lady AwakenedÂ follows in somewhat predictable regency formula, but what makes this freshman publication stand out is the tone of our heroine. Â She’s a stoic woman, a person that doesn’t waste time in complicated emotional investments. Â She can come across as cold, but Martha herself isn’t without heart. Â It’s literally just how she’s programmed. Â And our hero, Theo, struggles to realize that about her. Â His attempts to seduce her result in Epic Failure. Â Once these two finally settle into a routine they’re both somewhat comfortable with, THAT’S when the threads begin to tangle.
While I enjoyed Ms. Grant’s book, I wasn’t swept away by it. Â I very much enjoyed the refreshing tone. Â This isn’t a regency romance you can breeze through. Â It requires you to slow down and relish, her writing style imbued with little details and relishes that are worth savoring. Â Despite my initial disappointment, I still enjoyed this book and I look forward to meeting Ms. Grant’s next characters.
A Lady Awakened by Ceceila Grant, 346 pgs, 12/27/11
Romance: 3/5 Â Â Â Â Â Â Raunch: 3/5