Eliza is forced into marriage with no idea her life will change for the better. Married less than a year, her unwilling rake of a husband is surprisingly kind to her—until his sudden death. The widowed Countess of Sunderland remains under her in-laws' protection to raise her newborn daughter. But her abusive father is on the brink of financial ruin and has plans for another wedding.
Nathaniel, Viscount of Pendleton, gains his title at the age of 12. His kindly but shrewd estate manager becomes father and mentor, instilling in the boy an astute sense of responsibility and compassion for his tenants. Fifteen years later, his family urges him to visit London and seek a wife. The ideal doesn't appeal to him, but his sense of duty tells him it is the next logical step.
Lord Pendleton stumbles upon Eliza on the road, defending an elderly woman against ruffians. After rescuing the exquisite damsel in distress, he finds himself smitten. But Nate soon realizes he must discover the dark secrets of her past to truly save the woman he loves.
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Wow… What an ending!!! A Wicked Earl's Widow by Aubrey Wynne is book 2 in the Once Upon A Widow series. Though it is in a series this book can be read as a standalone. This is a sad story but yet it was truly wonderful. It is one of those books that you know something bad is going to happen but you just don’t know when. It had me sitting on the edge of my seat. This story had shaken every emotion you can think of and the writing is just so superb. It definitely brings the reality of the 1800 regency era and the roles women played at that time. This story has abuse, cruelty, kindness, wonderful friends, running away, deaths, a forced betrothal, supportive in-laws, a wonderful young daughter, depression, protection, lies, guilt and yes love. I highly recommend this book!!
***This book was gifted to me and I am voluntarily reviewing.