There are two women in Vaughn's life, his wife to be, Henrietta, and his mistress, Esther. In Lady Henrietta's Dilemma both of the women take a journey which makes them think about whether they actually love Vaughn, or if they even like him. Meanwhile a mysterious Prince has the intention of wooing Henrietta for his own reasons, but what he finds instead is a feisty and independent women just coming into her own, and he finds his heart beginning to be lost to her. As a mistress, Esther's place was never all that secure, but when the one thing that could really change her station happens, she begins to realise that maybe there are other options.
Before I start my review properly, just a comment on the covers, not that I don't like them or anything like that (because I do) but I am a bit confused as to why the style of dress is different to the style described in the book (this was the same with A Lady's Plight). Especially when there are such beautiful descriptions of the clothes worn by the characters in the book, which is just one of the many examples of fantastic depictions of period features.
But anyway, onto the things about the book that are more relevant than the cover! I really liked the progression of Henrietta's character, she started off as very shy and wary, but she came out of her shell as the story progressed. The Henrietta at the end was definitely much much stronger than the Henrietta of the start. I also liked the progression of her feelings, both towards Vaughn and Ambros, they progressed at a believable pace and didn't fall in love super quick.
What I found interesting was Esther's story intertwined with Henrietta's. At first I thought that I would dislike her (just because she was the mistress) but actually she was very easy to like, and actually even as the mistress she wasn't actually in the wrong. I definitely kept routing for a happy ending for her!
I really enjoyed Lady Henrietta's Dilemma, you don't have to have read A Lady's Plight to understand it really, but it is better if you do!
Lady Henrietta harbours a secret, so appalling, she cannot tell even her closest friend, the Lady Isabella. As her wedding approaches, it preys on her mind, and she pleads with her fiancé Lord Vaughan Bruges, the Marquess de Courres, to delay the consummation of the marriage. They have a shocking argument, in which Lord Vaughan refuses to declare any love for her, and to her anguish is unwilling to give up his mistress. Henrietta wishes to call off the marriage, but knows it would ruin her family's reputation. However, Lord Vaughan too harbours a secret, one that could break Henrietta's heart, even wreck her life. There is a certain prince, who is determined to have her, married or not, but what is his true title? A romance set in 1815 as the clouds of war gather over Brussels.
About the author:Thank you for having me here today. My main loves are writing, painting and singing. I began work as a PA but to my joy was spotted by an agent in London and had an exciting career as a singer, meeting and singing with some wonderful people. Singing meant a lot of travelling both in the UK and abroad. At one time, I toured Germany and Turkey singing for the American troops, which was a fantastic experience. But then, my husband and I wanted a family, so I said good-bye to the singing career, although I did the occasional gig. Having children is such a precious time, and I would say to anyone, treasure it, it goes so quickly and before you know it, you’re waving them off to Uni or pursuing their own dreams and their own homes. I have always had a deep interest in psychology for various reasons, and especially the area of neurosis arising from abuse. Later, I was to study how we could use our body, mind and spirit to relieve pain and overcome some life-threatening diseases. One important thing here is, I always told my patients to continue with medical treatment along with the complementary and spiritual methods, for I believe medical research and medication is also a gift from God, Spirit or the Universe, as each of us wishes to name it. I have loved writing from a child and during the years of study, research and treating some wonderful people, whom I called my friends, I would write at night, mainly short stories, and reams of poetry. I wanted to learn how to write self-help books for my clients, so I took creative writing courses at university, which led to writing a novel. So self-help novels turned to fiction but even so, I hope the novels help the reader through their own challenges, as the characters experience love, loss, passion, jealousy, illness, joy and conflict, even the threat of death. At present, I am writing the third book in the series ‘Lady Phillipa’s Peril’ and also putting together some ideas for the self-help book. This has been so enjoyable thank you.
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