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Book Review: Barely a Lady
Summary from GoodReads: Olivia Grace has secrets that could destroy her. One of the greatest of these is the Earl of Gracechurch, who married and divorced her five years earlier. Abandoned and disgraced, Grace has survived those years at the edge of respectability. Then she stumbles over Jack on the battlefield of Waterloo, and he becomes an even more dangerous secret. For not only is he unconscious, he is clad in an enemy uniform.
But worse, when Jack finally wakes in Olivia's care, he can't remember how he came to be on a battlefield in Belgium. In fact, he can remember nothing of the last five years. He thinks he and Olivia are still blissfully together. To keep him from being hanged for a traitor, Olivia must pretend she and Jack are still married.
To unearth the real traitors, Olivia and Jack must unravel the truth hidden within his faulty memory. To save themselves and the friends who have given them sanctuary, they must stand against their enemies, even as they both keep their secrets.
In the end, can they risk everything to help Jack recover his lost memories, even though the truth may destroy them both?
My Review: Looking for a different type or romance novel? I'd say this is it. This has your good and bad guys, a tale being told that also involves treason, betrayal, secrets, learning to forgive and a romance that unfolds as the story goes. An excellent story of dedication to someone that you love. This is a series book number one, so there is more of this story yet to unfold.
It is in the setting of Belgium and Brussels in 1815. There are times in this book that you do want to slap everyone silly. Also, at other times, you feel sorry for no one thinking it's their own fault for being stupid. But, well developed characters are created and you end up wanting to get through the page just to read the next one. This book sees up and downs and then more ups and downs.
This book is a must read and one to keep on your selves to re-read. You'll feel right there with the characters and be cheering on the *good guys*. I must admit, the beginning started a little slow for me, but after that it was an easily flowing read. Be watching for the release of book two in this series...set for August 2011...in the meantime, be sure to get your own copy of book one.
Review copy of this book provided by the author/publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. In no way did the provision of the book affect the outcome of my review.