Miss Sarah Fairfax is having a wretched year. Her intended perished at war. His child is in her belly. To secure her future, she resigns herself to a loveless marriage. Just as she’s about to say “I do,” her fiancée returns from the grave to crash the wedding… but he’s no longer the charming, carefree man she remembers.
After being left for dead on the battlefield, Brigadier Edmund Blackpool is scarred inside and out. He fights his way home only to discover his intended before the altar with his best friend. He’ll be the one to marry her, no matter what she wants! But when his new bride disappears with his child, he must reopen his wounds to win the most important battle of his life.
What does a girl do when she is pregnant and about to give birth and her fiance, the father of her baby, is dead? She marries one of his friends who is a Duke and can provide for her and the baby and keep her reputation from being ruined. Well, she does that until her dead fiance shows up at the wedding and puts a stop to things.
This, the fifth installment of the Dukes of War series, is Sarah and Edmund’s story. Edmund, who everyone thought was killed during the war has finally returned home and must adjust to being around family and friends again. He also must adjust, and quickly, to the fact he is soon to become a father. Sarah is happy Edmund is back but is afraid that the fact she is pregnant is just too much for him. He has changed since she last saw him and the closeness they once had is gone. Can they find their happily ever after?
I enjoyed reading this story. It isn’t your typical historical romance. There is no love/hate relationship but a relationship that naturally progressives throughout the book and seems real. The two main characters are easy to like and it is hard to pick sides as they struggle through the early days of marriage and parenthood.
Maybe it was because the book was good and I was so engrossed in it but it seemed to be too short. I would have had to have liked a bit more story between the two. (But saying that I’m glad the author didn’t put in a bunch of “filler” to take up space and make the word count higher and bored me to tears.) The ending was a bit abrupt and I was hoping for a bit more substance at the end.
All in all this was a good book and having only read the fourth book and this one I look forward to going back to read all of the previous books. I will also be marking my calendar for the release of the next book in the series.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review which I have given.