Isabella has waited four years to be married to her fiancee, Alex, but with Napoleon making his move in Belgium, he is being called away once more. Determined not to get left behind again, Isa pushes the wedding to the day before departure. But all is not well when Lord Ladness, who has wanted to be her husband since they were children, decides that he must have Isabella, and that it is not permissible for her to marry Alex. After they are married and in Belgium, Ladness still won't stop, and if Isabella won't marry him by choice then he will force her to love him.
I thought that this book really captured the spirit and the issues surrounding women in this era. Most importantly the issue surrounding women as property. Technically according to law, when they married Isabella became Alex's property, and yet she is by far not one to go for that. I loved the determination and the independence that Isabella showed, and wasn't scared of showing, and though sometimes it seemed like Alex wasn't very accepting of his wife's attitude, he seemed to slowly be coming to terms with it.
The other issue was that of purity, reputation and an unbelievable lack of sex-ed. You do find that a lot of the women in books set in this era have an unrealistic view of sex, as in they know far more than they should do from the era of 'let your husband do what he wants'. Instead, A Lady's Plight faced the issue of them not knowing more head on, particularly in the case of Henrietta (whose story is clearly going to be book 2 of the series) and her overwhelming innocence. I was however slightly confused as to whether Alex and Isabella did anything before their wedding, it sounded from a comment from Isabella like they did but there was never any confirmation of it.
I only really had one problem with this book, and that was that it read as if there should have been a book before it, about how Isabella and Alex got together, though it did still work, and as always with me, the issue is a very minor one all things considered!
I really enjoyed this book and hope to see more from the series in the future!
Lady Isabella Winton waits years to marry her fiancé, but Lord Alexander Fitzroy,a reformed rake, always finds an excuse to delay the nuptials.
With the marriage set for the next month, Fitzroy tells her he is needed in Belgium almost immediately. He warns her it may be dangerous for her to accompany him. Isabella suspects he is bluffing. Brussels is the centre of a social whirl. She looked forward elaborate dinners and extravagant balls. Fearing Fitzroy may have returned to his rakish ways, she insists on travelling with him. Isabella is unaware that Lord Everard Ladness, heir to a dukedom, is obsessed with her and will go to any lengths to possess her.
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Meet the author:I live in a Sussex village near to the Regency towns. Before writing a novel, I visit one of them to soak up the elegance of the architecture, trying to enter the atmosphere of those far-gone times. Whilst walking through narrow cobbled streets, I imagine horse drawn carriages rollicking past, of ladies in Empire fashion, of feathered bonnets and velvet pelisses, of nankeen breeches and starched cravats. Even today, the same bay fronted shop windows replete with mullioned windows yawn over narrow pavements. The only changes being the wares; an empire dress swapped for a top and miniskirt. Best of all, is stepping down rickety steps into an oak beamed tearoom, with a leaning floor, where log fires crackle in open grates, the air filled with the rich aroma of tansy and cinnamon cakes. Katy has a BA(Hons)Psych, BA Eng.Lit and Creative Writing, MA. Hon Doc. for research into complementary methods of pain control.
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