MARRIED: THE VIRGIN WIDOW
Hale’s newest novel is engrossing and emotionally satisfying, despite its sluggish beginning. It’s the story of young lovers betrayed, whom fate gives a second chance. Well-rounded characters and suspenseful twists will keep readers captivated.
For seven years, Ford Barrett has been plotting his revenge against Lady Laura Kingsfold. She jilted him, and forced his exile to the Orient. Now Ford is returning to England, rich and determined to regain his pride, his rightful position in society and Laura’s hand in marriage. But he’s in for a rude awakening, because his unquenchable thirst for revenge against his uncle’s widow is not as easy or as sweet as he imagined, and only serves to expose more unsavory family secrets that threaten the lovers once again. (HARLEQUIN, Feb., 288 pp., $5.99)