Thursday, May 24, 2018


Lady Charlotte's First Love (The Sutherlands) by [Bradley, Anna]
From spirited young woman to reckless widow, the beautiful Marchioness of Hadley remains a force to be reckoned with. But beneath her antics lies a broken heart . . .

Since her husband’s tragic death, Lady Charlotte Hadley has embarked on a path of careless behavior and dangerous hijinks from which no one can divert her . . . until suddenly, her first—and only—true love reenters her world. Their fiery romance was so scandalous Charlotte had no choice but to marry another, more suitable man. Surely now they are both free to pick up where they left off . . .

Julian West has returned to London a hero after making a name for himself in battle at Waterloo. Every woman is vying for his attention—except the one who stole his heart. No matter, Julian has other obligations. But when Charlotte’s sister, Eleanor, charges him with protecting the widow from ruin, what ensues is another kind of battle—one that leads a chase from London’s bars and brothels to the finest country estate as Julian and Charlotte untangle a host of secrets, regrets, and misunderstandings. For could it be that the love they’ve forced themselves to forget is exactly what they need to remember? . . 

I have to say that as this book began I didn't like it.   From what Charlotte had been to what she was now, it was kind of hard to read.  But both of the main characters had done a lot of wounding to each other and that came through loud and clear.   A lot of it came not only because of misunderstandings, miscommunication or no communication and flat out pride.   Of course other people got hurt in the process too.

This book was definitely emotional and it was pretty easy after a while to get caught up in the torment of those emotions from both sides. 
Not all of his torment for Julian happens directly because of Charlotte though.  He has wartime memories making it worse for him. 

There is a good somewhat predictable ending to the story, although it didn't ruin it for me because the emotional part of it was so well done.  It  also has a short Epilogue, which I always enjoy.  

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