I’m torn on my opinion of Not Quite a Wife by Mary Jo Putney. I love the fact that Laurel is involved with a women’s shelter as well as a clinic. Through her work, the story brought attention to several women’s issues and showed that deep down Laurel is a giving and caring person. I also fell in love with James for his patience and understanding when his wife leaves him for killing a man, even though his actions were in self-defense.
But for all of her good traits, Lauren was also pious. Her religious beliefs gave her the right to judge her husband’s actions and I felt she gave up on the marriage before it had a chance to get through the rough patch. It was easier to live separate lives than to honor her vows. Of course, young imperfect characters make perfect redemptions! And why did James wait ten long years? As an employee of the war office, I would have expected him to take charge and not leave their marriage in the hands of ‘chance’. I will, though, give him points for taking the lead in putting their marriage back together when the opportunity arose, as Laurel seemed to be looking for any excuse possible to give up again.
This book is #6 in the Lost Lord’s series. Although it can definitely be read as a stand-alone book, those who have read the previous releases will enjoy the multiple updates regarding previous characters. (For me, that’s a wonderful perk of a series)
Overall, I love reunion stories. This was an easy read and although I didn’t agree with all of the hero and heroine’s actions, Miss Putney’s stories always hold rich and wonderful characters, unexpected story turns, and a Happily Ever After! I’m looking forward to going back and reading books #1-#5. Hopefully I can get those in before #7 comes out.
Not Quite a Wife gets FOUR Red Pumps!
Marry in haste, repent at leisure.
James, Lord Kirkland, owns a shipping fleet, half a London gaming house, and is a ruthlessly effective spymaster. He is seldom self-indulgent…except when it comes to the gentle, indomitable beauty who was once his wife.
Laurel Herbert gave James her heart as an innocent young girl—until she saw him perform an act of shocking violence before her very eyes. That night she left her husband, and he let her go without a word of protest.
Now, ten years later, a chance encounter turns passionate, with consequences that cannot be ignored. But as they try to rebuild what was broken, they must face common enemies and a very uncommon love….
Mary Jo Putney is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has written over 60 novels and novellas. A ten-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA, she has won the honor twice and is on the RWA Honor Roll for bestselling authors. In 2013 she was awarded the RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. Though most of her books have been historical romance, she has also published contemporary romances, historical fantasy, and young adult paranormal historicals. She lives in Maryland with her nearest and dearest, both two and four-footed.