Thursday, 5 May 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #42
Bride of Desire - Sara Craven
Mills and Boon Modern
Harlequin Mills and Boon, 2006
The Right Bride? By Request
Harlequin Mills and Boon, 2010
From the back cover:
"Two years ago, Allie fled an unhappy marriage for France, where she met irresistible Remy de Brizat. But they were driven apart when he discovered her secret. Allie was distraught, and her only comfort was her discovery that she was pregnant with his baby.
Now Allie has returned to France, realizing she has to tell Remy about his child. Remy offers her what she always wanted: marriage. But though he might worship her with his body, she knows this wedding is only for the baby's sake.."
The last time I reviewed one of Sara Craven's books I mentioned that I sometimes find her books a little hit and miss. Well this one was a hit with a capital H!! I read this in the By Request omnibus, as above, which I borrowed from my local library.
The story begins with the heroine Allie receiving a letter from her beloved great Aunt asking her to visit her in France. Allie, who is widowed with a small child, desperately wants to go as she thinks her Aunt's health is failing however she feels bound by her duties as the dowager lady Marchington and worries about the events that happened the last time she visited. As the story progresses we discover that Allie, very unhappy and emotionally abused in her marriage, had visited her great Aunt in France nearly two years ago where she met the hero Remy. They began an affair and fell deeply in love, but when Remy discovered Allie was married he immediately ended it and Allie went back to her marriage heart broken and more unhappy than ever, and pregnant. Her husband and his family turned a blind eye to her indiscretion and focused only on the family's new 'heir'.
When Remy and Allie meet again it is clear that he still hates her for what she did but there is still the undeniable attraction between them as well as more explosive secrets.
Sara Craven has written a really intense and emotional story here. She really managed to portray just how in love Allie and Remy were, anything less and this could have been a very different book since she was dealing with the controversial subject of infidelity. I really love how the story is a mixture of present day and flashbacks, this really helped in the development of the characters and added several layers of emotion to the story.
I really felt for Allie and her situation, for once what seemed like a doormat type female character ended up being strong inside and really grew as the story progressed. The only thing I can find fault with is that the story is told entirely from Allie's point of view and I really would have liked to have been able to witness Remy's thoughts and feelings as well.
Nevertheless, this was a really enjoyable read.