A big Thank You to Patricia Green who is this week's guest hostess. She's here to talk about
A Bride for Lord Esher by PJ Perryman.
Blurb: During a drinking bout with a bridal party, Lord Robert Esher makes a foolish bet to marry the inn-keepers daughter. His companion, a mischievous friend from his childhood, ensures the bargain is kept.
When Esher rises the next morning, he finds he is married to Chastity, a comely wench, her virtue sold for a few guineas by her father. Despite asking the church and King George for an annulment, Esher can't undo what has been done before God.
But his ever jealous friends are insulted by the association with such a low-born woman. In an act of spite one woman plants a brooch in Chastity's chamber, hoping to ruin her reputation. When Chastity is accused of stealing, Esher puts her aside, so she flees to Hastings to start a new life. But chance is unkind, and her new place is discovered by another enemy, who would steal her virtue and disgrace her forever.
Regretting his decision to abandon her, Esher rushes to find Chastity and make amends. But his change of heart may have come too late to save her from total ruin.
A Bride for Lord Esher is a dark historical romance complete at 37,000-words.
Take it away Trish....
Thanks, Celeste, for having me over to present A Bride for Lord Esher by PJ Perryman. I love these book club Fridays!
From the moment we encounter Lord Esher, we know that he's in over his head. He's drunk and full of bravado and it gets him in deep trouble as he makes a poorly considered wager. Oh, he's not betting with the heroine, Chastity, he's betting with his best friend. A man with ulterior motives we discover later.
Without giving too much away, Lord Esher and Chastity find they have a lot to work out. Spanking helps to a point, but they do reach an impasse where Chastity has to accept that her forced marriage is a failure. She is a willow who bends but does not break.
I will say that there is a happy ever after ending, but not without some serious bumps along the road for the characters.
The history is well-portrayed in the book, and the characters are believable. I was drawn in from the beginning and the story kept my interest throughout. The editing was surprisingly good. It was an all-around sterling effort.
I enjoyed this book by PJ Perryman, though I'd never read any of her books before. I will from now on.
Questions to ponder:
Do you think a wager with serious, life-long consequences, is a good premise for a story? It's been done before, but not usually through a third party as with Lord Esher's cruel friend. What do you think of that twist?
How deeply into the weeds of history do you feel a historical romance should go? What's too deep?
We all like to write flaws into our characters, flaws that they can overcome. If you've read this book, do you feel that Lord Esher's flaws were believable and something a real man could overcome?
Thank you for joining in and I hope you enjoy PJ's work as much as I did
Coming Up--- February 14---Aching to Submit by Natasha Knight with guest hostess Casey McKay