Marriage is a risk, but a hopeful risk. It is the hope that the love and the commitment that brought the couple together will last a lifetime. But what happens when a secret has the potential to break up the marriage before it can truly begin?
In Lisa Kleypas’s new novel, Marrying Winterborne, Welsh-born Rhys Winterborne has risen high above his working class roots. He is now a very wealthy man, owning a well-known department store. But despite his success in business, he knows that there are certain circles where he will never be truly accepted. Lady Helen Ravenel is the shy, over protected daughter of an Earl. She knows that she must marry, but the only man she wants to marry is Rhys Winterborne.
Rhy wants Helen more than he has ever wanted any other woman. But the rules of the era state clearly that a proper woman only knows a man after her wedding vows are complete. Rhys is willing to break those rules if that would convince Helen to marry him. Helen consents to the plan and Rhys will soon find out that his future wife is stronger than he might have initially realized.
But Helen has a secret. If revealed, it could end her marriage even before the vows have been said.
Will Helen reveal her secret and what are the consequences of revealing this secret?
I don’t normally read historical romance novels, but this one I found to be intriguing. While the novel had the hallmarks of both character and plot that is standard within the genre, there was enough of a narrative to keep me engaged as a reader.
I also liked the that female characters are quite strong and able to take care of themselves. It’s not often in this genre and in this time period that women are as strong and capable as the men.
I recommend it.