When I began this book I almost just did not keep listening because it began almost plot point to plot point like my favorite of Georgette Heyer's boo..Show More »ks, a Civil Contract. This is story is an aristocrat marrying a Cit, exchanging his title for her fortune, a small wedding and the first time the married couple is able to converse about their marriage is in a carriage just after the wedding. Being fond of Georgette Heyer I was irritated by what I falsely assumed would be a pale retelling of an old tale.
I am glad I kept reading because the problems the young people face are their own and original to them. It is true in this book, the tension is increased by misunderstandings, but we humans see what we expect to see. The Bride expected to be snubbed by her husband's friends, and the Groom expected to find his new wife critical. So they believed what they expected to see, and heartache follows, to be warmly and tenderly repaired. Actually this book is quite historically accurate. The ending is truly a twist, and for these two people a happy one.