Sunday, August 17, 2014

ARC Of Not Quite A Wife by Mary Jo Putney

Mary Jo Putney writes intensely touching love stories that inspire her readers to feel emotionally attached to her story and her characters. James and Laurel married young, love at first sight and then tragedy seperates them.  Years later he shows up beaten and sick at her infirmary and in his delirium he thinks she has come back and they make love.  Laurel could never resist him.  When his fever breaks and he wakes up he doesn't remember what happened.  They are polite to each other and avoid talking about their marriage,  When he recovers he thanks her for her care, they also realize that the years apart have changed them both.  He loves her and wants her back but she has made a new life for herself and he wants her to be happy, so he leaves.

Weeks later she realizes she is pregnant and contacts him to let him know.  They decide to try and reconcile for the sake of the child.  She is going to split her time between her home and philanthropic endeavors and London with James.  I will not give away anymore of the story, you have to read this book!

The reason I like Mary Jo's writing is that her characters are intelligent, mature and their is no unnecssary DRAMA that can ruin a good book. Her accuracy for detail is amazing and her grasp of the nuances of the period are wonderful and informative.  She writes with lovely emotion, great characters and her secondary stories are marvelous.  This one is a keeper.

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