With marvellous imagery and characters that feel so real you'd swear they'd walked off the page and were standing in your own living room, Marry In Haste is an absolute delight. Much of this story is light and humorous and the dialogue sparkles. From acerbic Aunt Agatha to petulant Rose, defiant George and Lilly, who has the power to weep at will, it is clear that poor Cal truly has his hands full trying to cope with the women in his life. It is equally clear that author Anne Gracie must have chuckled her way through many of the scenes in this book. I certainly did! This is not just a light and humorous story however. Anne Gracie has used this story as a window into life in Regency England, and it's not all pretty. Emm's reflection on Cal's reaction to her not being a virgin demonstrates the prevalent double standards of the time. "Life was so unfair. He'd lain with probably dozens of women and she'd lain with one man nearly ten years ago yet she was the sinner." Later in the story Cal reflects on the poor treatment of soldiers returned to England after the war. This story is beautifully balanced, moving effortlessly from witty repartee to more serious scenes and back. I couldn't put it down. It's one of the very best books I've ever read.
I think I've read all of Anne Gracie's books and I love them. Including this one. The stories flow. The characters are kind and deserve their happy endings. There's always something wry to smile about. There's always something to make you feel life is worth living.
In this particular book, I loved the interplay between the hero, used to military life and baffled by the ways of women, and the heroine, an astute self-actualising woman, disinclined to obey. Perhaps these are the themes of 2018 rather than 1818, but they are far less strident, more genteel, when packaged as a Regency romance. I've just been to Bath, so the setting of the book appealed to me too.
Marry in Haste is fantastic. I was in a reading slump and this turned up. I devoured it. Funny, sweet and full of the most wonderful cast of characters. Cal is so out of his depth with his sisters, Lily and Rose. Add in George and the poor man has no hope. He may be able to order men around a battlefield but he has no gentle touch for girls needing love. He recognises skills, and Emm has exactly the skills he requires. Emm and Cal are a great match, their road to love is slow, rocky, but very believable. I loved this family and the link to the gorgeous Daisy Chance. Make haste with the next book, please!
A con brio delight...strong witty women and a handsome man in need of a lesson or two. What more could one ask for Ms Gracie begins her new series after the excellent Chance Sisters with an absolute winner ...Enjoy.