on July 12th 2016
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"This is one of Cheryl Bolen's classic marriage-of-convenience stories."
Were it not for needing the funds to launch his sisters, Charles St. John, the Earl of Seaton, would never have agreed to Lady Catherine de Bourgh's proposal to marry her daughter in exchange for being the de Bourgh's sole heir. But what can it hurt? The exceedingly frail and sickly Miss Anne de Bourgh is not expected to live until Christmas.
How did a nothing like her merit a handsome, titled husband? Once Lord Seaton removes the lifelong invalid away from her mother and brings her to his ancestral home, he is gentle, patient, and caring toward his wife. To please the man she's fallen in love with Anne begins to eat more and to force herself to more activity, and her health begins to dramatically improve. Now, if she could just earn that which she wants most—his love. . .
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
The Liberation of Miss de Bourgh: A Pride and Prejudice Variation is the third book in the Jane Austen Sequels by Cheryl Bolen. I have had the pleasure of reading all 3 books and am happy to say that they are all wonderful stories.
This is Anne de Bourgh’s story. Her mother has had a royal physician examine her and has been told that she is dying. There is nothing Catherine wants more than for her daughter to marry a member of the nobility and spend her last days being adored by that husband. With that in mind a little blackmail comes into play. Catherine wants Charles St John to marry her daughter and if he agrees, not only will he not lose his house which Catherine has the deeds to, but he will also have funds to give his sisters their seasons.
Charles isn’t happy about being coerced into marriage, not because he is worried about being married, but because he feels he is taking advantage of Anne. He realises how much her mother smothers her though, and thinks it could only be in Anne’s best interests to spend her last days married to him, and living at his estate far away from her mother. Catherine doesn’t like it, but she only wants her daughter’s happiness, and let’s be honest, to be able to say her daughter married into nobility, so she agrees.
Will time with Charles bring her the much needed happiness she craves. The more time Anne spends with him, the more she finds herself falling in love with him. She knows he must have only married her for her money, and guesses that she must be dying which is why he agreed to a rushed wedding. Can she really get her heart’s desire, the love of such a wonderful man?
It was really lovely to read a story involving Catherine de Bourgh where she is shown in a nicer light. Yes she might have blackmailed Charles into marrying her daughter, but she did it with only the best of intentions. Her daughter’s happiness is paramount, so much so that she even lets her move away from home. That’s something I never thought would happen.
This book, and the 2 before it in this series have been a real pleasure to read. I don’t think many can do a sequel to Pride and Prejudice and do it so very well. Cheryl Bolen, to me, is one of the best regency authors around, and I thoroughly recommend these books, and all the books that she has written.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.