Wedlock is the remarkable story of the Countess of Strathmore and her marriage to Andrew Robinson Stoney.
Mary Eleanor Bowes was one of Britain's richest young heiresses. She married the Count of Strathmore who died young, and pregnant with her lover's child, Mary became engaged to George Gray. Then in swooped Andrew Robinson Stoney. Mary was bowled over and married him within the week. But nothing was as it seemed. Stoney was broke, and his pursuit of the wealthy Countess a calculated ploy.
Once married to Mary, he embarked on years of ill treatment, seizing her lands, beating her, terrorising servants, introducing prostitutes to the family home, kidnapping his own sister. But finally after many years, a servant helped Mary to escape. She began a high-profile divorce case that was the scandal of the day and was successful. But then Andrew kidnapped her and undertook a week-long rampage of terror and cruelty until the law finally caught up with him.
I have recently read this, not the audio version. I found it quite slow in places and felt some of the information could have been shortened and still not spoiled the story. I did enjoy it and wish I'd had it read to me. It is a very interesting story, all the more because it is true. I would reccommend this book, but be aware that if you are reading it, it can be slow in places.