Hello, and welcome back! Today, the showers are back. It was quite warm and sunny this morning when we walked around at the farmers' market, but started getting cloudy when we were on our way home. By the time the rain started, it was very dark here, but the rain only last about five minutes. Now the sun is playing peekaboo through more clouds. Good day to read, I guess. (And do laundry.)
This time out, I have the latest from Sherry Thomas, Not Quite a Husband (Bantam). Years ago, Bryony Asquith was so in love with Leo Marsden that she proposed to him. To her great surprise, he agreed. But their marriage didn't last, and she left England to pursue her medical career, while Leo wandered the world. Now he's arrived in India to take her back home to England as her sister says their father is dying. Both have regrets, but neither is quite sure what went wrong with their marriage. Their journey is long and difficult, and such an extended period of time in enforced closeness stirs up all kinds of feelings, good and bad, in the pair. Even worse, danger is all around them, and that always heightens emotions. Bryony is determined not to let down the guard she keeps around her emotions, but even she can't resist Leo, even when he's not really trying to seduce her. Bryony is a very strong heroine, very capable with her patients, yet very, very foolish when it comes to matters of the heart. Leo has kept his heart well-protected through the years as well, but he's never stopped hoping that he and Bryony could find their way back together again, so this is a complicated reunion and reconciliation. I liked this one better than I did Ms. Thomas's first two books, but I can't say I loved it. If this pair had only talked before their marriage ended, there wouldn't have been an annulment in the first place, and that's the part I have issues with. Yes, neither quite knew how to go about it, and both were hurt because of it, but a little dialogue goes a long way in relationships, even a hundred years ago. This one's earned three of Cupid's five arrows.
Until next time, happy reading!