I am fascinated with historical romance. Seeing how each author (favorite author) finds a way to slip past the confines of the time period, sneaking past the gossip, the eyes of society, or surviving the worst possible scandal—all the while, in a manner so convincing that it does not leave one gagging from the stupidity. A difficult feat to accomplish, in my book.
Which brings me to a new favorite author, Cecilia Grant. I’m certain that I will love any story Ms. Grant concocts. Let’s take A Lady Awakened for example. The recent death of Martha Russell’s husband puts her home and female servants in jeopardy of going to a distant relative of his. Unless it’s possible she’s with child. When Martha learns of this relative’s past, appalling, behavior towards the female household members, she dreams up an outrageous scheme—but it requires…help.
Theo Mirkwood has been banned to the country. His father is fed up with his irresponsible conduct. And Theo is bored! Who is he to resist Martha’s unbelievable scheme? And, he is intrigued, despite her lack of beauty, wit, and altogether uninspiring demeanor. But beneath that lackluster façade, he finds a woman of many depths. This is a story worth reading—twice.
This is the kind of story that a critic might hammer. I, on the other hand, loved what Martha was able to teach Theo in the ways of growing up, becoming responsible. And what he was able to give in return, her acceptance in society. Each, after a period of time, gave unselfishly.
And, this is what this story gave to me. Unselfishly. —Kathy L Wheeler.