Millicent understands the terms of her arranged marriage all too well. She gets to be a Countess by marrying an impoverished Earl. And in return, the Earl Fitzhugh receives the benefit of her vast wealth, saving his family from bankruptcy. Because of her youth, they have agreed to wait eight years before consummating the marriage–and then, only to beget an heir. After which, they will lead separate lives.
It is a most sensible arrangement. Except for one little thing. Somehow Millie has fallen head over heels in love with her husband. Her husband, who has become her very best friend, but nothing more… Her husband, who plans to reunite with his childhood sweetheart, the beautiful and newly widowed Isabelle, as soon as he has honored the pact with his wife…
As the hour they truly become husband-and-wife draws near, both Millie and Fitzhugh must face the truth in their hearts. Has their pact bred only a great friendship–or has it, without either of them quite noticing, given rise to a great love?
I’ve actually loved the book one of this series. It featured Venetia and Christian. Milli and Fitz were both introduced in that book and I was dying to read their own story.
So when this came out, I immediately froze the other books that I was planning to read and chose this one instead.
The author gave a flash back of how they ended up in marriage. Somehow, I felt sympathetic for Fitz. Obviously caught up in his struggle to help his family, he doesn’t have any choice but to marry an heiress he doesn’t love. With this, he also left his dearly beloved.
I like the fact that Millicent wasn’t portrayed as the beautiful and elegant heiress who turned heads when she passed by. She wasn’t that kind of woman at all. She’s beautiful in her own way and she accepts the fact that she’s not that attractive and her dowry was a big help to secure a marriage.
The good thing about their marriage was it turned out to be a true love match. Somehow along the way, Fitz fell in love with Milli. Milli found out the courage to stand her ground and confess that she loved him ever since he stepped inside her home. They may not be meant to be together but fate intervened. It was a bitter sweet story.
It’s just a little disappointing because the story was cut abruptly. There was an element that seems to be missing. I can’t figure it out exactly. I still prefer Venetia’s story because it got the spark I want in a historical romance novel. The story was good but it’s my least favorite Sherry Thomas book. I hope Helena and Hasting’s story will be better than this.
Some hopes were weeds, easy to eradicate with a yank and a pull. Some, however, were vines, fast growing, tenacious, and impossible to clear.”
So this was how one made babies. No wonder the population was ever increasing.
Love without friendship is like a kite, aloft only when the winds are favorable. Friendship is what gives love its wings.