This is an extremely sensuous love story but it is also uncontrived and natural. It is also a book that exposes the plight of abused women of the Victorian and other eras. Those of us who were young women in the Women's Liberation movement knew what inequities women lived under. They were owned by men; that's where the tradition comes from of a girl being 'given away' by her father to her husband. She went from one owner to another. Even in the 1960's women were paid at two thirds or less for doing the same job as a man making it pretty impossible to leave her husband and be able to support her and any children. A woman could be abused by her husband and had no recourse. If she left him, divorce was extremely difficult to obtain. If she did manage to get a divorce she was regarded as a scarlet woman. It didn't matter that she was the victim. Young women today often don't know what was won for them by my generation. I have often in the past, and even as recently as two days ago, been sneered at by men for being a Women's Liberationist. Well I have to say that I am proud of that fact and have no problem at all in telling those men so.
At the time of this story women were put into insane asylums if they dared to fight back against injustice and abuse.
Lady Miriam Rothbury, the heroine of this book, was an extreme example of an abused wife. Her husband, Freddy, was the spoilt son of the aristocracy and a depraved lout.
Max, Lord Worthington, had loved her from a young age and, although he knew of Freddy's proclivities, depended on her brother to keep her safe. Unfortunately for him Miriam associates Lord Worthington with Freddy as she has always been told that they were friends from childhood.
It has taken years after Freddy's death for Miriam to regain some of her courage when she meets Max, seemingly for the first time and under quite questionable circumstances. There is an immediate attraction between them and she throws convention to the winds with him. The question is, can she learn to trust anybody again enough to love?
Max brings out a sensuality in her that she didn't know was there and she is quite happy to have a love affair with no strings attached now that she is an independently wealthy widow.
This book is passionate and sensual but not erotica. It is for mature readers only.
The only thing that I found to be very irritating was the incorrect language usage that cropped up every now and then. e.g. invites instead of invitations. Otherwise it was beautifully and sympathetically written.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 4523 KB
- Print Length: 306 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Elsa Holland Books; 3 edition (13 July 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B011JZ4M26
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 154 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #120,269 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)