A dazzling Regency romance from bestselling author Jane Ashford. Life is predictable for a Duke's first son. Or so he once thoughtÉ
He was delighted that she shared this pleasure with him. And how lovely she looked, out here on the water. The wind had whipped color into her cheeks. Her sandy hair leaped and curled around her face. And her gray eyes shimmered and sparkled. Violet's beautyÑfor it was undoubtedly beautyÑarose from animation, he realized. When she was subdued and distant, as she'd always been when he saw her before their marriage, it was hidden. A secret, like the flower she was named for, obscured by broader leaves in the forest. But now he'd discovered a different VioletÑvibrant, responsive. Watching her laugh as spray spattered her sleeve, he felt extremely fortunate. His instincts had somehow led him to a prize.
As eldest son of the Duke of Langford, Nathaniel Gresham sees his arranged marriage to Lady Violet Devere as just another obligation to fulfill?highly suitable, if unexciting. But as Violet sets out to transform herself from dowdy wallflower to dazzling young duchess-to-be, proper Nathaniel sets out to prove he's a match for his new bride's vivacity and daring.
Oppressed by her family all her lifeÑespecially her domineering and horrible grandmotherÑLady Violet can't wait to enjoy the freedom of being a married woman. But then Violet learns her family's sordid secret, and she's faced with an impossible choice?does she tell Nathaniel and risk losing him, or does she hide it and live a lie?
Ashford makes a strong start to her Duke's Sons Regency series with a story that affirms the value of being yourself and having fun in the process. The ostensibly staid Lady Violet Devere escapes the tyrannical social control of her grandmother by marrying Nathaniel Gresham, Viscount Hightower. She passionately breaks out of her shell and asks her new husband for a season in Brighton, a daring new wardrobe, and the dismissal of the dour servant from her previous home. This delights Nathaniel, who needs to be distracted from the seriousness of keeping his prankster younger brothers in line. Then Violet's discovery of a family secret threatens to destroy her newfound sparkle and joy. The playful tone is enhanced by delightful period terms, such as tatterdemalion, sprinkled throughout the text. Ashford's heroes favor flexibility in matters of fashion and bearing, but they stand firmly against moral lapses, keeping the book's ethics unproblematic. Nathaniel's likable family makes just enough of an appearance to fuel anticipation of his brothers' future matches.
Beautiful love story
This was a good love st. We sometimes have secrets we don't want to tell. I had a half sister I never knew of and never found out her name or anything I could go. I would also had several aunts and uncles on my Daddy's side. Mystery is every where.
So dang confused
The summary made no sense in the slightest! The book made no sense too!
Skipped through pages and pages ...