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The sinking of the Brig Minerva results in many deaths, while for others, the future is suddenly brighter. But it’s not always easy to leave the past behind...

Annie Dresden is 26 years old, with no fortune, and nothing but a quick, practical mind to recommend her. Taken in by her apothecary uncle after her father’s death, she’s happy to be his assistant, but there’s no future for her as an apothecary.

The only proper career for a woman is as a wife and mother, but for Annie the possibility is dwindling. When a long-forgotten suitor returns, it seems fate has given her another chance. A man turned away by her father years ago for lack of fortune is unexpectedly wealthy, after his brother drowned aboard the Brig Minerva.

For eight years, he’s dreamed of marrying Annie, and she’s not about to throw away her last opportunity for a family of her own. He loves her, and he’s a respectable man - that’s a strong enough foundation for marriage, isn’t it?

But Annie soon finds that her husband has his own ideas about marriage, making her new life unexpectedly difficult. And when disaster strikes, all her hopes of a happy future are thrown into turmoil, and she is left wondering whom she can trust.

This is a complete story with a HEA. Book three of a six-book series. A traditional regency romance, drawing room rather than bedroom.

©2019 Mary Kingswood (P)2020 Mary Kingswood

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Wonderfully Melodramatic

Small spoiler alert. This is an excellent book to whisk you away from contemporary life. It is full of hopes raised and dashed, a complicated family and set of relations, plenty of drama, and lots of humors. It even has a priest’s hole. Joanna Stephens is a marvelous reader.

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Interesting tale

Mary Kingswood is a favorite of mine, so this book was as satisfactory as all her others. It is predominantly a mystery that kept me guessing. The narration was excellent. Although the spitty lawyer was a little hard to listen through. Thankfully he has a small part. There is occasional repetition in Annie’s internal thoughts about her husband, but it’s easy to ignore. All in all a good couple of days entertainment.

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Thoroughly enjoyable , story and narration:)

I have been enjoying these books very much , the stories complex enough to interest and need to know what happens next.
The common thread running between the stories of the sinking of the Minerva is a nice touch .
These book are not just the run of the mill romps , no oblivious mistakes in facts and lots of interesting social history.
I would say more a combination of Austen and Catherine Cookson , than Georgette Heyer

Narration is a matter of preference ,
but I very much enjoyed the combination of energy and humor from Joanna Stephens reading and look forward to more from her :)