Lord Dragoner's Wife by Lynn Kerstan, is a story about a woman who dared dream big. And when the dreams shattered about her feet, she dared to dream again.
Delilah fell in love with Charles Everett from afar. Even though she was a merchant's daughter she had the power and the money to ensure a good catch and she wanted Charles Everett. And she got him, sort of. Immediately after consummating the marriage, Charles bought his commission and went to war. Leaving Delilah a war widow.. Alone for six years, Delilah did everything in her power to bring his family fortune back. Investing funds and rebuilding the family estate. All the while suffering the indignities knowing her husband was not only not faithful but also a coward.. and was all but drummed out of the army. And yet Delilah still believes in him..
Charles Everett, now Lord Dragoner, was bargained off to pay his parents debts. Parents that couldn't even be bothered to show up at the wedding (having taken the funds and run so to speak). Betrayed by his family and left holding the bag, Charles marries his merchant bride and bails. Not even considering that she might want more than the name.. Now six years later he is back but only to obtain a divorce (if possible) and discovering that there is much more to his wife than he could ever imagine.
Most of this story takes place in Paris, well France.. where Charles Everett is more than a soldier drummed from the war, he is a spy. Only the war is over and there really isn't all that much intrigue going on. So every little thing creates imagined drama. Charles is trying to put his past behind him and do the job he has been given. But when his ever intrepid wife decides to descend on Paris nothing is every going to be the same.
A fun little story that while not knock your socks of spectacular is quite good and a great way to spend a chilly fall afternoon or evening. Charles and Delilah are a great couple and have to learn the true meaning of compromise and acceptance before the course of true love can ever run smooth. Charles is a self taught aristocrat and Delilah is an extremely well educated cit.. in all honesty much more sophisticated than Charles. So the role reversals are sometimes fun. But sometimes they can be rather irksome. Delilah is most definitely the dominant partner and while I am a fan of women being strong.. I don't always enjoy it when the woman truly runs the show.
Lynn Kerstan writes solid historical romances and Lord Dragoner's Wife is just that.. a solid read..
This review is based on the ARC of Lord Dragoner's Wife, provided by netgalley