The Castle. He’d seen this expression far too many times during their marriage. The Castle was Bryony drawing up the gates and retreating deep into the inner keep. And he’d always hated it. Marriage meant that you shared your goddamn castle. You didn’t leave your poor knight of a husband circling the walls trying to find a way in.

Redonk Nutshell: Ill fated spouses reluctantly reconnect amid an Indian revolution

Leo and Bryony Marsden’s marriage was failed before it ever got off the ground.  Bryony distanced herself from Leo from day one, for reasons unknown to Leo. When she requested an annulment, he granted it, if only to save himself from further heartbreak. Bryony pursues her dream of becoming a doctor, years later finding herself in India. When Leo suddenly shows up, she’s stunned. He’s carrying word from her scheming and less-than-trustworthy sister, that her father has fallen ill.  Leo has come to bring her back.  Bryony agrees, albeit reluctantly.  Their trek across the country becomes more dangerous as ill-timed revolts against British rule begin to surface.  The close quarters of their trek also force Byrony and Leo to confront their past, and though they’re both reluctant to it, the flame between them begins to burn anew. But they’re both convinced it’s pointless, and that their match was never meant to be. When things take a horrifically dangerous turn, they realize that their love for one another might just be stronger than they realized.

This is a fantastic tale of rekindled love.  A husband and wife, who were never really quite honest with each other, get off on the wrong foot and ultimately doom their marriage.  When they meet again, they’re older and more mature. They exchange some hurtful words, but over time they begin to talk it out, finally admitting to one another what went wrong and why.

I don’t want to ruin too much for you, because that’s half the beauty of this story.  Watching them work out their past and find new footing is both uncomfortable yet appropriate.  These two are completely and utterly enamored of one another, but they keep fouling it up. Regardless, when they finally manage to get it right it comes together deliciously.  It’s a beautiful love story, and I really enjoyed it.  I’m so glad I picked this up.  It took a few pages for me to really dig into it, but once I did it was a hearty meal.

Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas

Rating: A

Romance: 5/5               Raunch: 3/5

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