A Marriage of Necessity
The moment John, Lord Hascot, encounters a young woman sheltering in his abandoned stable, his future is sealed. To prevent scandal—and protect Lady Amelia Jacoby from her parents’ ire—he must propose. John’s ability to trust vanished when his former love married his twin brother. Yet he offers Amelia everything she could want—except affection.
Amelia sees John’s true nature shine through when he cares for his horses. But the brooding aristocrat seems determined to keep her at arm’s length. Little by little Amelia will turn Hollyoak Farm into a home, but can she turn a marriage of convenience into a joyful union?
The Master Matchmakers: Wedding bells will ring when downstairs servants play Cupid for upstairs aristocracy.
Disclaimer #1: I can’t claim to be a fan of Christian romance, so this isn’t the kind of book I’d usually pick up.
Disclaimer #2: I had access to a review copy, and the reason I got it was because the woman on the cover reminded me of Samantha Mathis in the 1994 movie version of Little Women!
I do love the covers for these inspirational books. It’s nice to see some Regency characters with clothes on!
I’ve had a bit of a problem with some mainstream books recently. I’ve found that there’re a lot of romance writers who bring God and church into their books, even though they’re not supposed to be inspirational romances. The latest release I read from a NYT bestselling author mentioned God five times in the first four pages of the book!
So, as someone who doesn’t appreciate having religion forced on me, I found The Husband Campaign surprisingly readable, surprisingly unreligious. It was an extremely accessible romance for someone like me.
A lot of effort has gone into researching the look of a household in the Regency era, but I do wish more had gone into researching social customs and language of the time. I nearly fainted when Amelia greeted a few men well below her station with handshakes! That’s the Regency era equivalent of an employee kissing their new boss full on the mouth!
Everyone referred to everyone by their first names, which just was not the case back then. And while I’m used to seeing the same old Americanisms (linens, incorrect expressions for time) in almost every historical romance, I thought the characters referring to autumn as the fall was a pretty big oversight.
John, Lord Hascot, is yet another one of those titled men who for some reason has no plans to have children. In reality, bloodlines and offspring were considered incredibly important. I’m not sure why the I’ll never marry storyline is so common in historical romance… However, I suspect that in this one it had more to do with the restrictions of Christian fiction (sex is eeevil!) than anything else. As the characters were married very early in the book, there had to be some way to keep the two of them in separate bedrooms.
I did like that there were consequences for the characters’ actions that matched up with the times. In too many books recently I’ve come across women who spend the night alone with a man and suffer no consequences. It’s hardly realistic for the time period, so I liked that the characters in this one were pretty much forced into a marriage because of what happened.
Was this a perfect book? Of course not. However, I felt immersed in the time and place and era, and I thought the author did a pretty good job. Sure, the burnt by love, so I’ll never love again trope has been used to the point of exhaustion, but even considering that, I found this to be a refreshing, if not life-changing romance.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.