Lady in Deed by Ann Montclair

 Lady in Deed

Published: December 7, 2012

Publisher’s Blurb:

November 1533

Piety or passion… What’s a lady to do?

Lady Mary Rutherford believed she would live her entire life as a nun. But when King Henry VIII’s reformist movement makes practicing religion a dangerous proposition, Mary is forced to begin a new life with a family she doesn’t know. Worse, she must become lady of the manor, a role for which she feels sorely unprepared.

After a decade of service to his king, Lord Trenton Stanley returns home to find his estate in ruins, his fortune depleted, and his doddering father drooling over Mary—a woman Trent fears has been installed to replace his mother. Trent strives to rebuild his life, but his desire for Mary becomes a serious distraction he can’t seem to ignore.

Though Mary is anxious to prove she’s a worthy lady, she’s tempted by the rakish Trent into deeds most unladylike…

Tags: Romance, Historical, Scotland, Highlander

Time Frame: England 1533, Tudor England

Heat Level: 1.5

REVIEW RATING : 3.5 stars

REVIEW BY LEE ANNE:

Tudor England is one of the most fascinating times in English history to me. Henry VIII absolutely fascinates me. All the decisions he made for his own benefit and the consequences of those actions shaped a nation. Whether those consequences made England better or worse, we’ll never know as we can’t go back in time to explore another option.

Lady in Deed is set in Tudor England. Henry VIII has separated from the Holy Roman Church. Ann Boleyn is sitting on the throne. Catholics are being persecuted. It’s not safe to be a practicing Catholic. Men and women have died over it.

Lady Mary Rutherford has been cloistered in a nunnery since she was 10 years old. She had every intention of becoming a nun. With the dangers of being Catholic, the Abbey is closing it’s doors and Mary is forced to flee the Abbey. Her guardian has sent a carriage for her. On the way to her guardian’s manor, she and the coach driver come across Lord Stanley, her guardian. Lord Stanley mistakes Mary for a lady of ill repute and treats her as such. Poor Mary. She’s never been kissed, never held hands and most certainly never been touched that way! Thus begins the relationship between Mary and Trenton, Lord Stanley.

Lord Stanley and Lady Mary form a tenuous friendship that soon blossoms into more. However, Lord Stanley keeps putting the halt on things while Lady Mary keeps pressing forward. I found this paradox interesting. Even though she had been cloistered in a nunnery, she was very open about her feelings and what she wanted. I actually liked that about her. It was refreshing. One would expect she would be repressed from living in the nunnery, but she wasn’t. I also liked that it was Lord Stanley that was busy putting the brakes on things. Oh, don’t worry, he has a good reason!

The conflicts between Lady Mary and Lord Stanley were realistic and added to the story. I liked that they didn’t continue to hold a grudge against the other person. Although when Lady Mary finally had enough and read him the riot act, I was cheering her on!

I was so excited about this book. Tudor England, a great premise, I was so excited. Part of that story lived up to my expectations and yet I still found myself wanting a bit more. I wanted a bit more conflict and angst. This was a very straightforward love story. There were several opportunities to provide more conflict and drama to the story, but instead it was very mild.

The love scenes in this story were sweet. They definitely added to the story of Lady Mary and Lord Stanley. They helped carry the story forward and provided some of the conflict they had to overcome. However, most of it was written in flowery prose. I’m not a huge fan of flowery prose and I found myself wanting something less poetic. I think some of the wording was meant as a metaphor for Lady Mary having been cloistered in a nunnery and her life changing. While I can appreciate that on an intellectual level, on an emotional level I didn’t care for it.

This was definitely worth reading. I recommend it for anyone who likes Tudor England and wants a pretty straightforward historical romance.

**At the time of the review, this book was available from Amazon for $4.99**

ABOUT LEE ANNE:

I am a happily married mother of three very busy children.  Most of my time is spent chauffeuring my kids to their various activities. I cram reading into any spare moment I have. Some days I can have an hour or two and others I’m sneaking in quick reads while waiting on the kids to finish their soccer or gymnastics practice. I like to read a wide variety of genres but I definitely prefer romance. I can’t really pinpoint a favorite author as it changes on a regular basis. I absolutely love finding new authors and giving their stories a chance to be heard. We all have a voice in our heads writing stories and those voices should be given a chance to be heard.

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