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Publisher's Summary

Named a Best Romance of April by Goodreads, PopSugar, Bustle, and more!

“A laugh out loud Regency romp - if you loved the Bridgertons, you’ll adore To Have and to Hoax!” (Lauren Willig, New York Times best-selling author)

In this fresh and hilarious historical rom-com, an estranged husband and wife in Regency England feign accidents and illness in an attempt to gain attention - and maybe just win each other back in the process.

Five years ago, Lady Violet Grey and Lord James Audley met, fell in love, and got married. Four years ago, they had a fight to end all fights, and have barely spoken since.

Their once-passionate love match has been reduced to one of cold, detached politeness. But when Violet receives a letter that James has been thrown from his horse and rendered unconscious at their country estate, she races to be by his side - only to discover him alive and well at a tavern, and completely unaware of her concern. She’s outraged. He’s confused. And the distance between them has never been more apparent.

Wanting to teach her estranged husband a lesson, Violet decides to feign an illness of her own. James quickly sees through it, but he decides to play along in an ever-escalating game of manipulation, featuring actors masquerading as doctors, threats of Swiss sanitariums, faux mistresses - and a lot of flirtation between a husband and wife who might not hate each other as much as they thought. Will the two be able to overcome four years of hurt, or will they continue to deny the spark between them?

With charm, wit, and heart in spades, To Have and to Hoax is a fresh and eminently entertaining romantic comedy - perfect for fans of Jasmine Guillory and Julia Quinn.

©2020 Martha Waters (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Not a hoax of a story

I really enjoyed this story. It is well written. You know the H & h love each other and the fun parts of the story are how their shenanigans bring them back to realizing it. The story addresses many common themes that can stress a marriage. Yes the characters act immature and foolish but they are young and had poor roll models when it comes to how to treat someone you love. Don't we often act our worse around those we are closest to? Also, after living with someone, you know their weaknesses and just where to strike. This is a universal theme set in Regency England. The author knows the history, hierarchy and language of this time period. I am hoping she will make this a series revealing some of the other characters stories. I have found a new author, to me, and hope to read more of her work.

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Couldn’t finish

Disappointing. Unfortunately, there’s really no plot to this book. Endless narration, almost no dialogue. Returning.

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Lovely change from other Regency Romances

I thought in terms of writing, this novel was middling; however, I the story was fresh and interesting. The characters where nuanced and drove the plot to satisfying conclusions. I thought the male narrator was insufferably posh - which fit with the setting and character - but was grating to my modern ear. Overall a worthwhile read.

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Anaïs Inara Chase was great. Joel Froomkin, less so.

I’m afraid the theatrical narration for James Audley took a lot away from my enjoyment of the story. He used sweeping, dramatic voices for every interaction and it was quite distracting. I felt like I was listening to a Dudley Do-Right cartoon.
The plot itself went on too long, but was generally well written, so I’ll give the next book a shot.

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  • 08-28-21

Thoroughly Enjoyable

Thoroughly enjoyed the storyline, characters and narration. A fun listen with enough romance, intrigue and genuineness to balance it out.

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  • 02-12-22

Could have been better

The story was interesting, but I found it hard to invest in the characters… and I hate hate hated the male performance.

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  • 05-07-20

Fun and frustating

I love a historical story, and James and Violet's is a fun one.

Even when i wanted to reach into the story and shake some sense into them both, but particularly Violet.

I love the banter between our lovelies, however I got so completely and utterly frustrated at the games she plays, and the lac of communication between them both.

It does make for a lot of spark when they do get their stuff sorted out. You know there is plenty of love between them, but when outside influences come into play things go awry.

I am a Joel junkie, so I knew I would enjoy his narration. Ms Chase is a new to me narrator, and she is delightful. She brings Violet to life.

An enjoyable tale to listen to during isolation.

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