A Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A Lady Awakened is, in its way, a great book; I was tempted to give it a five-star rating, and that doesn’t happen often. In the end, I decided to stick to four stars, but I will be expecting Ms. Grant to come up with a five-star book eventually.
In a sea of historicals, this one stands out thanks to so many wonderful things. First of all, it dispenses with numerous cliches with regard to sex, and the magical power of The Right Wang. The titular lady, Martha, comes out of a ten-month marriage as an unexpected widow without an heir for her late husband, and decides to pay a recent arrival to the neighbourhood to get her with child so she could hold on to the property. The recent arrival is the eldest son of a baron, banished to the country in order to mend his wicked ways.… Daj dalje!