I love a good 'marriage gone bad, here comes the reconciliation' story and Sherry Thomas delivered this for me. We start with Camden Saybrook returni I love a good 'marriage gone bad, here comes the reconciliation' story and Sherry Thomas delivered this for me. We start with Camden Saybrook returning home from a ten year absence in New York because his erstwhile wife, Gigi has asked him for a divorce. Not content to simply let her have her way, he demands that she wait a year for the divorce and in the meantime she can furnish Camden with an heir. Of course, Camden is still completely in love with his wife as she is with him. The reconciliation ensues.
What I loved most about this book was that most of the time, these 'marriage gone bad' story lines are due to a misunderstanding or machinations from a third party, but in this one Gigi did, in fact, do something pretty despicable. (For the time of course...). Camden was angry and betrayed and hurt that his choices had been taken from him and I can quite understand how he must have felt. So much so that he reeked his own kind of revenge on Gigi which only drove them further apart.
Camden was a great hero, I thought. Growing up penniless but with a title he had a self-sufficiency and a humility that is sometimes missing in a historical hero and I enjoyed the little glimpses into his childhood. He made some really bad decisions and had to live with them. He had a propensity to feel sorry for himself and wallow in it a little but who doesn't every now and then. He had that proper English reserve that served him well but when he lost it and the passion erupted...wowza.
Young Gigi was mercenary and cynical and should have been a wholly unlikable character. I found I liked her bluntness, much like Camden, and found her to be a really refreshing romance heroine. And while she let love carry her away and do something stupid, she never came across as a bad person. Camden's later treatment of her and her obvious remorse at what she had done only solidified my opinion of her. Although she loved her husband very much, it was good to see her get on with her life and not pine away like some insipid little waif.
I enjoyed the structure of this book. The flashback every other chapter. The discovery of their love and subsequent estrangement was dovetailed nicely with their reconciliation. Each flashback chapter dealing with an issue that was then addressed in a major or minor fashion in the following chapter bringing them closer together. Their interactions in Paris after their wedding I found especially heartbreaking.
A few niggles though. Around the middle of the book the present day chapters began to be exclusively told from Gigi's POV. It was around this time that Camden began to seduce his wife back into a reconciliation instead of a divorce. Before that he had be extremely adversarial. I felt like I had missed a chapter or passages from the book and did, in fact check to make sure pages hadn't stuck together or something. I would have liked something there to explain or show where his head was at at this point in time. It was a glaring hole that really bugged me and while later on there is some resolution of this, it really took me out of the story and stopped this from being a 5-star..
I felt the secondary love story was superfluous and while charming in itself, distracted from the main story. Also there was a few things that were brought up in the story that were kinda ignored and brushed under the carpet with a few throw-away lines at the end of the book. A couple of paragraphs to explain things better is all I'm asking for.
Those teeny things aside I really enjoyed this and did read in it only two sittings. I was hooked from the first page and gave a huge sigh of contentment at the ending (always a good sign from me.) I'm definitely going to read her other title, Delicious.