Book Review: Lady John by Madeleine E Robins

ladyjohnThe last time Olivia Martingale saw Menwin it was in Brussels on the eve of Waterloo. She had loved him then, but her love was not returned. Instead she yielded to the insistent Lord John Temperer, married him, and was left a widow. Visiting John’s family seemed like a good idea–but John’s brother the Duke disliked her; John’s mother wanted to match-make for her… and into the middle of all this walked Menwin, filling the room with his presence. Olivia felt the old attraction rising again — until Menwin looked right through her as if she was not even worth noticing

Obtained free as part of the Feb 2012 LibraryThing Early Reviewers batch. Offered by Book View Cafe to mark the books’ publication as an ebook. (I took in epub format and read on my kobo). It can be purchased from them here

Only 20 and already widowed, Lady Jane is invited to spend the winter with her husband’s family. There she is reintroduced to Lord Menwin, a man she was in love with before her marriage. After a few embarrassing meetings, where he is decidedly off-hand and insulting to her, they realise it was all a misunderstanding, and decide that they are in love really. Unfortunately Menwin has not only inherited his father’s title, but also his debts, and the only way for his grandfather to agree to dig him out is for Menwin to marry and produce an heir. The rest of the book is an attempt to get Menwin out of the disastrous engagement he’s found himself in.

Not quite Jane Austen, this tries valiantly enough. The first pages try to overload you with too much information (a habit I hate, and I groaned when I read it), but it got better quickly. Lively, light, using some phrases I’m not entirely convinced were in use during the Regency period and some that were, overall an enjoyable book for a damp spring weekend


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