sunnuntai 29. toukokuuta 2016

Mary Jo Putney: Never less than a lady, Not quite a wife ja Not always a saint

Mary Jo Putney on julkaissut pari tusinaa historiallista viihderomaania, jotka ovat melkolailla tyylilajinsa mukaisia, paitsi että mukana on ehkä normaalia enemmän tummia sävyjä, ristiriitoja joissa ei ole kyse pienistä väärinkäsityksistä vaan koko elämää varjostavista traumoista.

Never less than a lady (Kensington, 2010; ISBN 978-1-4201-0329-8)

As the sole remaining heir to the Earl of Daventry, Alexander Randall knows his duty: find a wife and sire a son of his own. The perfect bride for a man in his position would be a biddable young girl of good breeding. But the woman who haunts his imagination is Julia Bancroft - a village midwife with a dark secret.

Not quite a wife (Zebra Books, 2014; ISBN 978-1-4201-2716-4)

James, Lord Kirkland, owns a shipping fleet, half a London gaming house, and is a ruthlessly effective spymaster. He is seldom self-indulgent.... except when it comes to the gentle, indomitable beauty who was once his wife. Laurel Herbert gave James her heart as an innocent young girl - until she saw him perform an act of shocking violence...

Not always a saint (Zebra Books, 2015; ISBN 978-1-4201-2717-1)

After the death of his sweetheart when he was at university, Daniel Herbert buried his grief in medical studies and his passion for healing. Viewed as a saint by those who know him, in his own mind he never quite manages to live up to his own high standards. Most men would be thrilled to learn they've inherited a title and estate from a distant relative, but Daniel is appalled because the burden of wealth will interfere with his medical calling. Warily he accepts that he must enter society and seek a wife - a sensible woman who can oversee his properties, leaving him free to continue his work. He does not expect to become intoxicated by a woman called the Black Widow, who is as mysterious as she is shockingly beautiful.

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