Friday, 22 November 2013
Book: The Secret Diary of Lady Catherine Blexley by Viveka Portman
At 19, Catherine is young and innocent when it comes to matters of the marriage bed, though she is excited about what the night might entail. But when her husband does his duty and nothing else, she is left frustrated and confused. At a garden party she accidentally views a maid and her Lord engaging in activities she has only dreamed of, further igniting her desire for her husband, and yet he still remains distant. Can Catherine change his mind and inject passion into their relationship?
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The Secret Diary of Lady Catherine Blexley contains some scenes of a sexual nature and is not suitable for younger readers. I would also like to apologise in advance for any references that I make to Portman's other book, The Wicked Confessions of Lady Cecelia Stanton, which I read before this one, but because of the publishing date the review is coming afterwards.
The era in which this book is set is that of arranged and potentially loveless marriages, and as Catherine points out early in the story, she did not meet her husband until the day of their wedding, it is believable therefore that a young bride may want at least some passion from her marriage, as is the case with Catherine. I thought that it was quite realistic for a young woman just discovering her sexuality, to feel so shy and almost ashamed of voicing her desires, making Catherine's demeanor believable.
Her husband on the other hand was a bit of an idiot, then again any man who, for some reason, ignores a woman that wants him to be passionate in bed, must have a screw or two loose. I guess in a way this was a story of discovery for the both of them, as they both had to learn to come together.
Both of Portman's books were quick, easy reads, that were enjoyable and entertaining.