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Married to the Viscount (Swanlea Spinsters, Book 5) Paperback – January 1, 2003
"The Next Wife" by Kaira Rouda
There is no limit to the lies, suspicion, and secrets that can poison the perfect marriage in this twisting novel of suspense by USA Today bestselling author Kaira Rouda. | Learn more
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- ASIN : B0072B1BIA
- Publisher : HarperCollins US; 2602nd edition (January 1, 2003)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 376 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0060092149
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060092146
- Item Weight : 6.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.72 x 4.32 x 1.02 inches
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Nat is engaged to a wonderful girl. And Nat wants to help his brother become a happier man.
Spencer and Abigail became friendly while he was in America. They were both attracted to one another. But, he was surprised when she arrives at his home with evidence of a proxy marriage. Spencer and Abby are husband and wife.
This is a story with slow spots. I felt that things dragged at times.
Abby is a strong woman who does not fit into the mold of a proper English lady. She is certainly not the kind of woman Spencer would have chosen as his wife. Abby is intelligent, kind and open and direct with everyone she meets. She is American and the English upper class find her quite amusing. She is neither sophisticated nor superior.
Spencer is sophisticated and superior enough for both of them. Underneath everything he has a kind heart, but it is very far underneath everything. He is kind to his servants so that does count for something.
The marriage is supposed to be all pretend. Spencer wants to get things squared away in order to avoid any kind of scandal. So, he makes many rules in order to keep Abby from being a spectacle. Every rule he creates makes things much worse.
The secondary characters vary. Once people get to know Abby, they like her. Generally she feels like a fish out of water. But, Abby is a strong woman who can overcome difficulties.
I am a fan of Ms Jeffries writing For me, this is not her best work.
I wanted to become more emotionally connected to Abby and Spencer. I seemed to be unable to feel much involvement.
There is a happily ever after. And love conquers all. Which is why we read romance novels.
Abigail met Spencer when he accompanied his brother on a business trip to the States. Immediately taken in by the dashing Viscount that treats her as an equal and respects her opinion, even though she is a female, how can she help but fall in love with him. When she is approached by his brother after Spencer's departure professing a deep affection and offering to marry her by proxy, she jumps at the offer. Little does she know that Spencer has no clue what his brother has done.
Spencer thinks that Miss Mercer is everything he would want in a wife. She is intelligent, smart, and beautiful. If he had any intentions of marrying ever, he would hope to marry someone like her. He has decided he will never marry and that any heirs to be produced will come from his brother. So while he still thinks about Abigail once he has returned to England he knows that he will not see her again. Or will he?
When Abigail shows up on his doorstep with papers in hand proving they have been wed by proxy, Spencer must figure out how he can solve his dilemma. He does not wish to be married and yet how can he resist Abigail now that she is his wife. And where has his brother disappeared to, as he is the one with all the answers and Miss Mercer's dowry?
Meanwhile, can Abigail convince Spencer that a marriage between them is what they both need and desire? She has a hard time seeing the caring gentleman in Spencer as he is now the unfeeling Viscount. As they both fall deeper in love, can Spencer give himself the opportunity to find happiness with Abigail? She will accept no less and deserves no less than his full commitment. And will Abigail be able to be the wife that Spencer needs?
A wonderful tale of two individuals who are perfect for each other. They both need to accept themselves for great individuals they are to truly be happy with one another.