Historical romance doesn’t get much better than this! It’s just that simple. Lust, wit, intrigue, romance, and abiding love, are weaved together to tell the second tale in Jennifer Ashley’s Victorian Highland Pleasure series. Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage is a must read.
When Lady Isabella met Mac Mackenzie at her debutante ball the last thing she expected was to become his wife before the night was over. It’s hard to start a marriage when you’re not even sure what side of the bed your partner likes to sleep on. However for three years both Isabella and Mac have a passionate, if somewhat tumultuous marriage. They weather the storm of their elopement but continue to be fodder for gossip as it seems Mac is always going off on some adventure and leaving Isabella to fend for herself. Unfortunately Mac leaves one time too many leading to dire consequences, and his marriage ends in a legal separation. Yet more fodder for gossip. Lady Isabella’s marriage is indeed scandalous. However being separated doesn’t mean the love has died. Quite the contrary, and watching these two work their way back to each other is the soul of this book.
This could have been a straightforward story of love found, love lost, and love found again. Instead, in the talented hands of Ms. Ashley what we have is the anatomy of a relationship; and it’s told from the middle and works its way towards the edges. Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage is about finding your way through the inevitable minefields that are almost always part of the aftermath for those who fall in love first and get to know each other second. I was impressed with this author’s ability to skillfully and beautifully deconstruct a relationship so that we clearly see the inner workings and motivations of how it fell apart and what it will take to put it back together again. She demonstrates that no matter how much you love someone, if they can’t give you what you need in order to live a loving and healthy life, then all the love in the world isn’t going to make that relationship work. We journey with Mac and Isabella as they get to know each other well enough to give each other what they need.
Both the beautiful prose and dialogue create a tension that unfolds like a well-played mystery. You see, although this is a romance, the mystery is the unfolding of the inner workings of the relationship between Lady Isabella and Mac Mackenzie. And what a beautiful and heartfelt resolve there is when the mystery is solved.
So, dear reader, if you’re looking for a great read might I suggest Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage? I believe you’ll find yourself turning each page with a kind of reverence as you learn how Isabella and Mac’s relationship started, how they grew apart, and more importantly, how they find their way back to each other. Ms. Ashley guides us with a gentle yet expert hand as we discover the world of two individuals who were once lost but now with love, courage, and honesty become a pair.
Until next Monday, remember there’s a book waiting to be read.
Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage takes place in Victorian England, one of my favorite time periods and settings for romance. I’m curious, what’s your favorite time period for romances?
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