Tuesday, 7 February 2012
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... Book #310
The Prodigal Wife - Susan Fox
Mills & Boon Tender Romance
In 'Reclaiming His Wife' Mills & Boon By Request
Harlequin Mills & Boon, 2009
The is the third book in the By Request omnibus, as above.
The heroine Lainey has been married to the hero Gabe for nearly five years, but in those five years she has refused to see or have anything to do with him. Lainey had left him on their wedding day after her mother told her that Gabe married her purely for her late father's ranch. But after her mother's recent death, Lainey had discovered evidence that her mother had been lying to her all these years. When Gabe sees Lainey arrive at his home, he knows she has come for a divorce. And she had, but she also wants to apologise to Gabe for her appalling behaviour. Gabe is initially distrustful of Lainey's motivations, and he also doesn't want a divorce. He asks her to stay, to both keep an eye on her and also in the hope that they can become a family. Lainey is surprised that Gabe wants to be with her after all she has done, but knows in her heart that Gabe is a good man. A man that she gradually begins to fall in love with.
I did not expect to like this, but I really did. If I had to pick one word to describe this book, it would be "beautiful"! The hero and heroine's relationship is built up so gradually, and honestly, that it feels totally natural and is very heart warming to read. There isn't a big 'black moment' in this story, and that is a pleasant surprise. The whole story flows brilliantly. The hero is, sigh, so nice - there is nothing cruel of manipulating about him. Both character's are mature about learning from their mistakes.
I was absorbed in this from start to finish, it is a very satisfying read.