14 March 2015

Married To A Perfect Stranger Review

Married To A Perfect Stranger
by Jane Ashford

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Brand new Regency romance from RT Book Reviews Lifetime Achievement Award Nominee Jane Ashford

Time and distance have changed them both…

Quiet and obliging, Mary Fleming and John Bexley marry to please their families and John immediately leaves on a two-year diplomatic mission. Now John is back, and everything they thought they knew about each other was wrong… 

It’s disconcerting, irritating—and somehow all very exciting…

Sourcebooks Casablanca - ISBN: 9781492601906

I received a copy from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: I'm a big fan of historical fiction and I'm always looking for the next story to take me away into the romance of the past. Married to a Perfect Stranger is an example of something which happened a lot in the past; people were married off for financial gain or social advancement to strangers or people they hardly know. 

John's been abroad working for two years having left almost directly after marrying Mary. Upon his return they both discover that marriage isn't as easy as they expected. 

I wasn't sure about John at first because he comes across as rather rude and chauvinistic. He's initially critical of Mary and is quick to judge her, but I quickly warmed to him once I realised this wasn't who he was at all. I liked Mary and appreciated she wasn't a simpering waif who would sit by and be dictated to by her husband.

There area lot of misunderstandings throughout the story and on several occasions I wanted to shake some sense into the pair of them. I liked how they dealt with their differences and learnt to focus on the important things - expectations can be overbearing! 

3.5 Stars in my Sky!


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