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448 pages, Paperback
First published September 1, 2020
"It takes a brave man to want a woman who wants rather than needs him."A truly wonderful read, filled with intelligence, friendship and heartfelt emotion.
It seemed logical and natural that when there was a tender past and a magical now, there would be a future as well.GAH!! This one completely snuck up on me! For most of the book, I had in my mind that it was a very solid 4-star read. Though it was long, I was never bored and I never had the urge to skim (or in this case speed up the audio).
The attraction between them had nowhere to go beyond these stolen, dazzling hours.Lucie was a great heroine; whip-smart and loyal to the end. I ADORED how Ms. Dunmore was able to reconcile her belief system with her burgeoning affection for Tristan.
Love, she was learning, was needing someone even when he offered nothing but himself.And Tristan, with all his marshmallow softness under the cutthroat exterior, was a Hero to be admired.
He would rather be shot again than clip her wings.Running parallel to Lucie and Tristan's love story is, of course, the fight for women's rights . . .
Men have been taught that they are absolute monarchs in their families, ever since the world began, and that to kill a wife by inches is not murder.. . . and commentary on the contradictory roll of a lady in society . . .
"But one moment a lady's virtue is her sole worth, the one attribute that determines who, if anyone, will marry her. The next moment, it's something to pity and snicker about because the lady failed to give it away fast enough."I loved how Lucie and her 'politicking' was woven into much of the story.
"A woman overtly grasping for power is a most vulgar creature. It helps when she looks lovely while she does it. And it so confuses the demagogues."I can't recommend this one enough if you love historicals with depth and intelligence!!
"Ma'am, I'm afraid the idea that a woman is a person, whether married or not, is so inherently radical no matter which way I present it, I shall be considered a nuisance."
“A man’s lack of voice is connected to his lack of property… A woman’s lack of voice is forever connected to the fact that she is a woman. “