"We made a bargain," Adam reminded her
Roz knew Adam had married her without loving her. He needed a poised and beautiful hostess -her need was even greater. A fire had killed her beloved grandfather and destroyed her home, leaving her alone and vulnerable.
As an adolescent she had woven fantasies about Adam Milroy, never expecting her dreams would come true, but she dared not let him know her feelings.
His first disastrous marriage had left him cynical about women, and the role she was expected to play did not include loving him.
I could NOT get past the age difference and what it implied when she was 14. I didn't like the fact that Adam felt his 19 year old sister was too young to get married, however Roz was 19 when she married him. I understood the hang-up Roz had about Adam and how that came about and really all his actions supported that as well. But for some reason it still seemed a bit on the predator side and just a little yucky when you think about it more. It also didn't help that he was so quick to whisk her off to marry. He didn't even allow a proper wedding as though he was worried she would back out before he could finalize it all. That implied that he had feelings for her, which led me to believe that he started these feelings when she was 14 to his 30!! That bothered me a lot!!
apparently there is just something about Roz that attracts older men to her. Even her so called BF's father and that is why she would never make a good wife for the BF - because the future father-in-law is lusting after her!!
So Roz realizes she loves Adam and she has woken up from her depression - which I keep thinking someone in his family, if not him, should have clued in on before - and she seeks to have more of a marriage. Never mind that Adam has never confessed his feelings, but he is upset that when things are revealed about him and his trip away that Roz didn't act angry and go off on him! He wanted her to reacted furiously and when she acted calmly it wasn't working for him - either be childish or be an adult I suppose he preferred a child when it came to feelings for him.
He truly acted guilty, by the way. So one could assume that something did occur, however he says no and tells her some of what happened. Adam also claimed that he keeps his word. Well, then one can argue that he didn't stick to his marriage vows when he intended to do something w/ the OW, thereby negating his word! Another thing that bothered me was that he claimed to have felt guilty yet he tells Roz that he brought her a gift back and then he withheld it because of the memories associated w/ it - so why even mention the gift?
This one just didn't work for me on so many levels.
Reluctant Wife Paperback – 1 December 1987
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- Paperback : 190 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0263757773
- ISBN-13 : 978-0263757774
- Publisher : Mills & Boon - AU; New edition (1 December 1987)
- Language: : English
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