The wife he doesn’t know…
When William Felkirk opens his eyes, the past six months are blank. What happened? And who is this beautiful woman claiming to be his wife and caring for his broken body?
Justine will do anything to protect her sister, even if that means pretending to be a stranger’s wife. She must guard the reasons for her deception with her life. But with every passing day, William unlocks her heart just a little more, and Justine knows she won’t be able to hide the truth forever…
Christine Merrill definitely writes challenging stories. I wasn’t sure whether to pick this one up or not, because the last book of hers I read featured rape (hero raping heroine). The Truth About Lady Felkirk is another one where you might struggle at times to like the characters, but I kept on reading and things were resolved.
There’s a lot of deception going on when the book begins. Our heroine is both trapped in an impossible situation and looking for revenge, but things don’t work out the way she expected them to.
Despite all of this, I did have a hard time liking her at first. There’s a scene where she lies and says William’s horse was injured and therefore had to be killed and he’s extremely upset about it, and I really, really struggled to read on past that!
Our hero recovers incredibly quickly from being unconscious (in a coma?) for a number of months. I chose to overlook the improbability that he’d be walking downstairs for a formal dinner only hours after waking up.
I do like this author’s writing, and will continue to pick up her books. She challenges you to like hugely imperfect characters. Sometimes it works. Sometimes not so much!
Review copy provided by NetGalley.