I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Not So Sweet Maria (Sisters by Marriage Book 1) by Jessica Spencer
Published by Unit Books on June 1st 2017
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LOVE UNDER MISTAKEN IDENTITY.
The ton calls her Sweet Maria and, even in her fourth Season, eligibles continue to offer her marriage. They do not know Lady Maria despises the hypocritical ways of Polite Society and is trying to sail away to America!
Though the granddaughter of a duke, Lady Maria is a Child of Scandal because her mother was an American commoner. She blames the duke and the duchess for her parents’ death. Had they not disowned them, they would not have died of a virulent fever in America, leaving her an orphan at the age of five.
She has not forgotten the coldness she had met with as a child, and how there were those who examined her features for tainted blood, and disparaged her mother to her face.
She agrees to an arranged match to ward off her persistent suitors, treating the engagement as a sham one to be ended at her convenience.
Then, most unexpectedly, she finds love with a commoner. Only he isn’t a commoner but the Earl of Daventon.
Gareth, Earl of Daventon is no stranger to Scandal. Rumour has it that his father had banished his mother for adulterous behavior. He remembers his mother as a sweet, gentle woman and knows the late earl yearned until his last breath to have her back.
Love is a quagmire and I shall not be caught in it, he decides. But love finds him. The object of his ardour is a mysterious young woman who dresses like a shop girl and behaves like a lady.
Lord Daventon remedies the situation by accepting an arranged match, his betrothed being Lady Maria whom he hasn’t met.
All of which leads to a delightful tangle of affairs.
A delightful read all the way through! As advertised this is a clean book no bad words etc. Sweet Maria may be sweet but she is also very strong willed and is not conventional at all. Now this of course in the Regency Ton era is not good and could be scandalous but also for the sake of the book amusing as well. I have always read lots of regency novels but this is my first regency that I have read in a long time and I am glad that I went back to this genre. I love the interactions between Maria aka Milady and The Earl who Maria thinks is a commoner and there you have it mistaken identity, love and the hint of a scandal id the Ton finds out about Lady Maria and her other identity. There were a few sub plots in this book that were briefly touched upon that I found interesting. I think that Gwen was one of my favorite characters , Maria’s childhood nurse/nanny and believe it or not I thought that the Duchess was an interesting character and maybe not as cold as she seems. I enjoyed reading this book, it had all of the romance and sparring between the two main characters that I always like in a romance book.