R E L E A S E D A T E: December 1, 2012
Lettice May met her husband when John Burton attended her father’s parsonage for tutoring. For Letty, marriage to Burton was greatly above her station.
John Burton was a gentleman born, whose family had retired from London Society to the country. Burton was a gentleman in name only. His deeds were those of a brute. Letty quickly lost the first flush of marriage and her naivety.
When Burton dies of a fever within a few years of the marriage, Letty’s greatest concern is that of her future. Burton has left her with gambling debts beyond her ability to pay.
Virtually homeless, she visits her sister-in-law, who is married to Letty’s late husband’s brother. Tragedy strikes again when her brother-in-law passes away. Clarissa, her mother-in-law, arrives for her latest son’s funeral. A widow herself, she has lost her husband and both sons within two years.
Clarissa invites Letty to London as her companion, with the ultimate goal of connecting with London society after a long absence.
Regency London is class oriented. Letty, although she tries to remain in the background, soon becomes the target of vicious rumors connecting her with a certain Viscount with a less than wholesome reputation.
Letty has few friends. A kindly major and a young, shy girl are her sole supporters.
Unpaid debts are a Burton specialty. Letty and Clarissa are run out of London, hounded by creditors.
Forced to support herself and Clarissa, Letty must make difficult decisions to provide for their future. At all costs, she must keep her past marriage and its brutality a secret.
Through chance encounters, her past returns and Letty must conquer her ultimate fears if she is to accept the possibility of future happiness.
Keyworth creates an admirable woman of the times, bound by the dictates of society, yet who quietly fights to retain her dignity.
The plot moves along nicely, although there is one instance where The Widow’s Redeemer could have omitted a sub-plot that felt contrived. A tightened prose with less passive sentences would also engage the readers on a deeper level.
Keyworth’s debut novel is a clean Regency romance, sure to appeal to an audience increasingly seeking non-erotica fiction. The Widow’s Redeemer is a substantive novel, reaching far beyond the stereotypical “bodice ripper”.
*I received an Advanced Reader Copy from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars (Very Good)
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