Lord Ware's Widow, written by Emily Harland, is a romance novel set during Regency England, 1795-1837. Courtship during this period was very different than it is today, as were many other things. The book takes you back to a time when things were so much more innocent and women were definitely more modest.
Lady Georgiana Ware had been given away by her father at age 17 to marry Lord Ware, who was an old man. He was so old that he died on their wedding night before the marriage was even consummated. Young Georgiana found herself a widow while she was yet a teenager. Widows, no matter what their age, where considered to be fair game for any male. Georgiana learned this the hard way and had to fight off many suitors, including her stepson, who were just trying to get her into bed. Her cat, Bel, helped her do this. He was what I would call an attack cat and he viciously attacked any male who tried to make advances to his owner.
Then she meets Lord Thornbury, an immensely attractive and eligible young man. She unwillingly finds herself falling for him because he pays her so much attention and appears to be so much of a gentleman, even finding the perfect rose for her to sketch. At first he sets out to just seduce her, but those plans fall through when she hears a him tell his friend that his plans are going quite well, he will bed her the same evening. She is horrified and immediately packs up and leaves his aunt's house and party.
When she arrives home, she finds Elspeth Pettibone, a servant from the big house, hiding out in her residence. Apparently, her stepson has been up to it again and he has only succeeded in chasing away this poor girl. Georgiana immediately decides to hire Elspeth as her companion and at once they leave for Sidmouth.
Lord Thornbury and his friend go to where Georgiana lives, only to find her gone. Since Lord Thornbury owns a house in Sidmouth, and there has been trouble with smugglers there lately, they decided to go and check on his house. When Georgiana meets up with him, will she be able to resist his charms or is she going to fall desperately in love with him?
An entertaining read, this book would interest those who like books that are written in the style of Jane Austen. You would also enjoy this if your are interested in Regency England. I received my copy free of charge from the management of BellaOnline. If you would like to purchase your own copy, I have provided a link to Amazon below.