Sunday, September 07, 2008
The Lady Flees Her Lord by Michele Ann Young
The Lady Flees Her Lord by Michele Ann Young is a story of how desperation and fear can make a woman do the unthinkable. How ridicule and abuse can cost you more than you would ever think of. A story of long ago times when women were nothing but bought property meant only for breeding purposes and to raise a man's status in life. The more beautiful the woman, the more cocky the man.
Lady Lucinda Denbigh is sweet, kind, good hearted and lovely. She is stifled, ridiculed and abused because she does not fit the picture of the status quo woman of the times. Lucinda is desperate but does she have the courage to follow through with her thoughts? Will she take a chance on a venture that could very well be the death of her if she is caught?
Lord Hugo Wanstead is a handsome and kind behemoth of a man that has seen his share of war and suffers still from its affects. Suffering physically by day from a wound that could prove deadly and emotionally by night by visions in nightmares beyond horrific, Hugo comes home to take his rightful place as Lord of his late fathers estate only to find that it also suffers.
Lord Denbigh is a petite man with a voracious appetite for gambling, short on temper and long on lacking any human morals. He is a belligerent, abusive, possessive cad with an excessive drinking problem and even worse money problems. Will he realize before it is too late that his darling wife has more balls than he does?
Our story is made up of all the riches of the Regency Period of time. From the lush but poor country life to the exciting but ugly London lifestyle we see the best and the worst of both. We are reminded of times gone by when horses were more valuable than women and even dogs were given more respect. How far we have really come in our fight for rights and equality.
Lucinda makes her escape from her brute of a husband by the skin of her teeth. A wraith of a child is thrust upon her while she flees for the countryside and it's possibilities of safety. Realizing that Lord Denbigh will be looking for a lone, somewhat plump woman, Lucinda breathes a sigh of relief with her new identity. Little does she realize that though she is physically safe for the time being from her horrific past, her heart is in frightful danger from a wonderfully warm, charming, handsome bear of a man in her future.
Our author has given us a little slice of Heaven molded from a minuscule slice of Hell. Our emotions are played like a violin with endearing words, breath taking scenes and a virtuous sense of right and wrong. The authors writing style is highly comparable with Jane Austin but with more of today's romance mentality. Lush and loving, heart wrenching beautiful, one could only hope to have a Lord Hugo Wanstead to desire us so truly and deeply.