Tracy’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Release Date: May 24, 2022
At 29, Maria, the widowed Marchioness of Walsham, never thought she would marry again, but now six years after the death of the Marquess, she is married once more. But this time, she is sure things will be very different because while the Marquess was a scoundrel and a rake, a country solicitor, Mr. Fredrick Fitzherbert is nothing like him!
And after 3 years mourning the Marquess, 2 years courting, and a year-long engagement, she is finally happily married and ready to move beyond the sweet kisses that she has shared with Fredrick, but one thing after another prevents our newlyweds from getting to know each other better, until a game of hide and seek leads Maria to a heartwrenching discovery and may end her marriage before it even begins.
This short story was a fun, quick read with very likable characters, a believable plot, and some very warm love scenes. The book isn’t perfect, there are numerous title errors and the heroine did overreact, but Fredrick is a sweetheart and together he and Maria are adorable. In the end, I loved this short story and would love to read more short stories about their road to HEA.
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.*