Catherine takes her horse out riding after recovering from an illness when she is attacked by a drunken man who abducts her under the impression thatCatherine takes her horse out riding after recovering from an illness when she is attacked by a drunken man who abducts her under the impression that she is a girl his friend/mancrush James Pemberbrook Lord Allandale found attraktive earlier.Unable to cry out because of her sore throat she is taken to the inn where the drunk en man and his friend are staying.
She is thrown into a room where she is raped by the Earl.The next day the innkeepers wife finds Catherine huddled outside the room trembling and with torn clothes.
Her father is summoned and takes her home.Hej then returns to confront the earl who at first cant even remember what he did.
Being a honorable man (HA!) he offers to marry Catherine (she is later found out to be pregnant and her father sends her off to live with Allandale.
When younger I would read womens magazines that my grandmother sent on to my mother after she was finished reading them. Most of it was the usual stuff interviews and recipes but there was a section that had notices about outrageous news from abroad.I still remember one title "I married my rapist" about an english woman finding happiness with her attacker (urgh)
This book reads like that article.
After the sexual assault its treated as the horrible thing it is.Then when Allandale sees how beatiful his victim is he thinks how awful it was he was too drunk while raping too enjoy her beauty. Hilarious is described as his emotion too.I mean what even :(
Then for some reason that remains a riddle to me Allandale and Catherine fall in love. When confronted by her cousin/previous suitor that she cant possibly love such a man as Allandale (rapist/cheater/iceblock) she brush him off and considers it over and done with.
Then almost as if to try convince the reader that this other guy is the evil one ,not Allandale she makes him into a babyhater and has him abduct Catherine.
I can detect traces of some elements (sans rape)in this book that is also in the much better Golden Girl but wich in The Counterfeit marriage is more poorly developed....more
"The famous Lord Breslau proved to be a tall, slender gentleman who needed no title to tell the world he was an aristocrat. He fairly reeked of it. No"The famous Lord Breslau proved to be a tall, slender gentleman who needed no title to tell the world he was an aristocrat. He fairly reeked of it. Nothing but years of inbreeding could produce a nose so razor-thin, eyes so bored, a mouth so cynical, and an air of such perfect disinterest that it avoided arrogance by a hair"
Imogen of Leids is a "Deaths handmaiden" her very touch kills so she has been raised in isolation and under a magic spell that disguises her true formImogen of Leids is a "Deaths handmaiden" her very touch kills so she has been raised in isolation and under a magic spell that disguises her true form and keeps people away. Now however her foster mother a powerful witch is dying.
Before using her cursed touch to ease her mothers suffering ,she is given an amulet,a key to of Tineroth a city of legend. Perhaps if she seek out the immortal sorcerer king he will be able to cure her of her affliction.
Caught between a "meh" and a "at least it wasnt horrible"
The beginning seemed rather promising until heroine actually arrives in the city. Then the story and romance feels rushed. More lust than love.
I also found it a bit offputting that Cededa the Fair aka the Butcher came across so cold and unfeeling in regards to some events that happened in the past. Maybe this story could have been expanded to a longer format to realize its potential but as it is now I would rather re-read Master of Crows
Is Tineroth the same city/ruin as the one Silhara and Martise visit and only just escape in that book by the way? I got that impression....more
Julian Rowne has been dead for many years when he shocks his brother-in-law by turning up in his bookroom,very much alive. Returning to the country andJulian Rowne has been dead for many years when he shocks his brother-in-law by turning up in his bookroom,very much alive. Returning to the country and and family he abandoned,his return is met by shock and anger by his wife Clarice,Lady Rowne.
I cant admire a "hero" who not only let his wife and children believe he was dead for four years none the less leaving his wife as she was heavily pregnant.Spy buisness or not that was horrible behavior.
"Did you by any chance know that Clare was breeding when you left?” he asked. Yes.” Yes,' " Peter mimicked. ”That's all? Just like that? 'Yes'?” Julian said nothing. Are you even interested in the outcome?” I feel sure you'll tell me.” It was a girl, called Julia. After you.” Peter threw up his hands in a gesture that might have been disgust or defeat and was in fact a little of both. "What do you mean to do now? See her?” That depends, doesn't it? You still haven't told me if she has married again.” p 13
Does it mean that you have suddenly become the ideal husband who never even looks at another woman?” she asked with a watery* laugh.
He answered her with a smile. "I doubt if I'm capable of that much perfection.” p 69
*what on Earth is a watery laugh? Fluid on the lungs?