Happy Release Day!
Marry in haste, repent at leisure. James, Lord Kirkland, owns a shipping fleet, half a London gaming house, and is a ruthlessly effective spymaster. He is seldom self-indulgent. . .except when it comes to the gentle, indomitable beauty who was once his wife.
Laurel Herbert gave James her heart as an innocent young girl--until she saw him perform an act of shocking violence before her very eyes. That night she left her husband, and he let her go without a word of protest.
Now, ten years later, a chance encounter turns passionate, with consequences that cannot be ignored. But as they try to rebuild what was broken, they must face common enemies and a very uncommon love. .
This is my first book by this author, and while it is #6 in the Lost Lords Series, it can be read alone. Many of the characters from past books make an appearance, but they just add to this one.
One of the first things that I enjoyed about this book is the fact that they lean on the Lord. But it's not an "in your face" kind of inspirational book. It's very natural and I liked that. At one point James says, "Dear God, don't let me ruin this again." Yes, I liked that.
It's been ten years since Laurel and James have met face to face. She left him after he killed a man in their home. James let her go, with a promise to stay away from her, because he's pretty sure he doesn't deserve her. He doesn't explain the circumstances of the violence, and she doesn't ask. Personally, I'd be asking questions right and left, but Laurel was a very naive young woman, even though they had been married for about a year.
Fast forward ten years and James shows up in the clinic her brother and she run. He's been attacked and is suffering the onset of a malaria attack. In his delirium they get "frisky"...and since they ARE married, and she's always loved him, even though that attack scared her, it's pretty much okay and why shouldn't she enjoy her husband once more? Then the fun begins. She's in the family way and she's honorable. And she knows he needs to be aware of the facts.
I was quite impressed with James. He's been faithful for these many years, as has she. They both need to unbend, just a little, and to figure out that grace is what God bestows. Their journey to find forgiveness and understanding was a wonderful one. I could see both of their stances and found myself rooting for them both. Again, while they both rely on God, this wasn't preachy at all.
I did rather laugh at this line said by Mackenzie (one of the characters from an earlier book):
"...But I'm so very glad that my resistance was futile!"
Yes, I did laugh!
I also enjoyed these quotes:
"Because you loved, you promised. You must try harder to keep that promise."
"In other words, your Presbyterian conscience says that if something goes wrong it's your fault, and if something goes right, the credit goes to others?"
Softly he continued, "You need to ask God for forgiveness. That's His job, isn't it? To forgive imperfect humankind. You are quick to forgive others and offer them kindness. Do the same for yourself."
Yes, I enjoyed this one, and I hope you do, too.
Thank you, NetGalley and Kensington ~ Zebra, for the opportunity to read Not Quite a Wife
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