Be careful what you wish for...
Lord Havelock is in need of a wife. But with no time for a society wedding and no stomach for girlish fripperies his options are limited. So, with help from his friends, he draws up a list of qualities he does desire in a wife…
When orphaned Mary Carpenter discovers her handsome new husband’s list she’s hurt – and incensed. If he thinks she’ll sit meekly by, be ‘compliant’ and ‘a mouse’, he’s got another think coming! Is it perhaps time for Mary to make a list of her own, and change the rules of their relationship for ever… ?
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Pleasant but slow in parts
The plot sounded alluring and the characters were great. Havelock was particularly endearing - although quick tempered he was able to moderate this and admit to his faults and he was caring of other people while Mary was a delightful heroine.
The book started very brightly was amusing and interesting and I waited for the fun to start when Mary discovered the "marriage list". However for some strange reason Mary took a laisser faire attitude to this and the plot languished for some considerable time. The author
Towards the end the action picked up again but there was too much lost opportunity in the middle of the book.
Overall pretty enjoyable though.
Seven out of ten
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