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Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Lady Flees Her Lord

The Lady Flees Her Lord by Michéle Ann Young
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Historical
Length: Full
Heat Level: Hot
Review by Snapdragon

Running from a husband who abuses her because she unfashionably large has failed to produce an heir, Lucinda, Lady Denbigh, rescues a street urchin and poses as a widow with a small daughter.

Reclusive ex-soldier Lord Hugo Wanstead is back from the Peninsular Wars with a wound that won't heal and regrets that haunt his nights

When he encounters Lucinda, they both feel they've been offered a second chance, but when her husband discovers where she is, her life, her love, and her adopted child could all be destroyed ...

The voluptuous heroine in The Lady Flees Her Lord suffers degradation, cruelty, and loneliness. She experiences self-doubt, a measure of naiveté, and in the clutch of the culture of the times, squelches her own will in deference to her husband. Yet, when a particularly loathsome forecast looms on her horizon, her own quite strong will and adaptive nature take over.

For, the lady is not a fool. Lady Lucinda Denbigh may have made one poor choice in her life (and indeed, her whole family did…) but she’s clever, and although long trained to be subservient, she reaches her threshold for tolerance. The admirable Lucinda- who is so wonderfully and not fashionably thin, but ample in all proportions- is more importantly a powerful, determined and – did I mention clever? – woman, who takes her future into her own hands.

The Lady Flees Her Lord is not only Lucinda’s tale, however. A certain returning soldier-- Lord Hugo-- is, in his own way, as defeated by circumstances as she. Perhaps more. He is neither especially agreeable nor especially handsome; until you take in the past he has suffered, what he bears on his conscience, and the power in his rugged, stallion-like frame. Lucinda’s decisions and swift action swiftly land her in an unpredictable predicament…and sends her toward a sexual awakening that parallels her life. Her moment in the sun may not last long; Disaster will dog her heels, as one man pursues her that hates her, and another, that seems to have admired her from long before.

Young’s style is beautiful, her characters develop is heartwarming ( and not entirely predictable). The backdrop of the historic British country side is charming although never intrusive. The neighbors, their goals and interaction provide a delightful picture of village life. In fact, there are one or two characters you’ll wish had appeared more.

An amazing romance, a heartwarming journey of self-recognition: The Lady Flees Her Lord is a tale where fates and fetes collide. 4.5 books, and one thoroughly satisfied reviewer.