Five years ago, after her husband was killed, Millicent Wentworth went about trying to right all the wrongs her husband commited. Millicent knew from experience exactly what the slaves had to endure at the hands of her brutal husband. Given into marriage by her uncle who only wanted to get rid of her, Millicent was more than relieved to become a widow. Then her husband's creditor, Jasper Hyde, started calling in her debts. When the dowager countess of Aytuon requests that she marry her son in return for all her debts to be paid, Millicent's refuses, for she knows she can never endure being a man's possession again. When the dowager talks her into it, Millicent has no idea how much her husband will come to mean to her, or how wrong for him she is.
Lyon Pennington, Earl of Aytuon didn't care one way or another if he was married. Crippled on the night that his wife fell off a cliff, Lyon took refuge in the medicine that the doctors insisted he take. When taken to Melbury Hall, he soon is brought out of his drug induced stupor by the woman he doesn't recall, but knew he married.
I would give this book six stars if I could. Millicent is one of my favorite historical heroines. With her courage and compassion, Millicent saved many lives, include Lyon's. Even after getting through five hellish years of marriage and almost dying, Millicent still has good in her heart. McGoldrick brings the reader two people who help each other come to terms with their pasts and heal their hearts, all while falling in love. The secondary characters in this book are unforgettable. The whole storyline was great, not like most historicals where the most pressing issue is what is fasionable to wear
I started this book 3 times and the first few pages didn't grab me. By the 3 time, when I got past the prolog, I was hooked! I couldn't put it down and immediately ordered the next 2 books that go with it.
Wonderful story and the historical content was great. Loved the characters! Wonderful read
Signet Historical Romance, 373 pages, a little cover edge wear. Driven to undo the evil wrought by her dead husband, Millicent Wentworth must find a way to save her estate and free the innocent people he enslaved. Her only hope is a marriage-in name only-to the notorious widower the Earl of Aytoun.