Book Reviews of The Ideal Husband

The Ideal Husband
The Ideal Husband
Author: Shari Anton
ISBN-13: 9780446612289
ISBN-10: 0446612286
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 400
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 32 ratings
Publisher: Warner Forever
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 1
Very good book. A new author for me; I will definitely research other books she has written.
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England 1333 Leah of Pecham saves the life of Geoffrey Hamelin in a ship wreck and passes him off as her husband. Great read. Well written.
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great storyline!
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Should Leah continue with the lie forced on her by circumstances, or tell all? The man everyone believed to be her husband was near death, and had saved her life. Surely it was little enough to do to ensure she return the favor?
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Great story, I loved this book.
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This author came highly recommended.

I believe it is set during medieval times but I'm not familiar with this period ... the time frame is 1333.

Regardless, not being a stickler for historical accuracy, I've just rated this book based on my enjoyment level scale...and I really enjoyed it.

Lady Leah (h) meets Geoffrey (H) at the railing of their ship while he is trying desperately not to up-chuck all over himself in front of her. The Dover cliffs loom before them, but before they can dock the storm tossed ship meets it's end when it is torn to smithereens, leaving few to survive. Geoffrey heroically assures Leah is to be one of the the cost of his own life.

Leah does survive, and the lying begins.

In spite of tragic situations, I had to laugh as Leah's lies finally got to the point that she was good and caught in their web...knowing all the while that her time would eventually come when she had to come clean - or - get so trapped she had to get found out. I was really looking forward to when that would happen. And I wasn't disappointed.

Although the story is set in the mid 1300's, the characters seemed to have a few modern day overtones. Did they use the word "Damn" back in the 1300's? I don't know, but it's use didn't spoil the story for me.

Geoffrey ends up in Dover where he is condemned to death by the physician tending the few survivors. Everyone assumes he is Leah's husband and she just lets them assume away. When the dock is to be cleared for new ships coming in, she is at a dilemma...leave this unconscious dying man who saved her life and who everyone thinks is her husband? or take him with her as she returns to her father's Keep with her tail between her legs after her dishonorable romp in France?

This turned into a really fun story in spite of tragic events and murderous schemes.

Now I want to read the next in this series.

Rating: 4.75
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Wonderful book. The storyline caught me from the first page. The hero has a slight flaw that is with him through the entire book. The relationship between the hero and heroine is exciting and different. I thoroughly recommend this book.
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The marriage is make believe, but the passion is all too real...'tis the stuff legends are made of: a herioc husband risks his life to save his beloved from a shipwreck. Yet the gravely injured man Leah of Pecham tenderly cradles is not her husband but a gallant stranger who came to her rescue without a moments hesitation. Certain that Geoffrey Hamelin cannot survive, yet unwilling to abandon him, Leah makes a decision: she takes him home to Pecham. There she will make everyone believe that he is her lawfully wedded husband. There her dishonor abroad will be a thing of the past, and her father's fearsome wrath averted. And there Leah will discover just how exquisitely dangerous a lie can be-for Geoffrey grows stronger, more virile, and more seductive with each passing day....