Stunning Miranda Harford once had the world at her feet. She was young, carefree, and desperately in love. But when her new husband left for London without her, her world fell apart. Devastated by his abandonment, Miranda fled their home, taking residence at her husband's rarely visited countryside estate. For three years, she lived alone. But now, as the holidays draw near, an unexpected visitor arrives.
Carter Alexander Harford, Seventh Viscount Devereaux, is a man driven to succeed. His work is his life, and the position of Prime Minister of England is within reach. But in truth, Carter is a man haunted by lost love. Estranged from his beautiful wife, Carter is shocked to find Miranda - the woman he loved and who he believes left him - in residence at his country home. As plans for a holiday party move forward, the uneasy couple realizes that to avoid further scandal, they must keep up appearances in a charade of marital happiness. Thrust together by fate, it quickly becomes clear that they have both been living beneath a conspired cloud of misunderstanding. As family, career, and social pressures threaten to keep them apart, can love have even a glimmer of hope?
©2013 Covenant Communications, Inc. (P)2013 Sarah M. Eden
This isn't my favorite book of this genre by far, but the plot was, somehow, compelling enough to keep me listening. The storyline did seem, though, quite improbable ... not only from the standpoint of how the estranged couple came to be in their respective situations at the beginning of the book, but also how they just didn't just blurt out everything they'd been thinking & feeling for the last 3 years when they finally saw each other. I kept thinking, "Why don't they just ASK each other [this] or [that]?" And, if he really loved her that much when they first were married, why didn't he just GO TO SEE HER / search her out 3 years ago when she left? I partially chocked it up to some kind of extremely conservative British etiquette. But, really, I don't know if anyone could be SO well-behaved to not spontaneously "spill" 3 years worth of emotions.
I liked the narrator's comfortable pace, but her British accent was not consistent and the "voice" of the husband and that of his mother seemed almost identical to me. I actually thought that he WAS an older female character when he first spoke (because his wife heard his voice before she saw him, so there was no visual reference / description in advance).
About half way through thr book I figured out a good portion of "what happened" 3 years ago, but there were other details I didn't realize in advance, although there were easy clues.
It is, still, a sweet love story, even if not totally believable.
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