The Absent Wife
In 1811, Roslyn Meredith is new to London and its Season after a quiet country upbringing in Monmouthshire. At an evening visit to the theatre, she is captivated by a good-looking gentleman in another box, and later is intrigued to find that he is Lord James Atherton, the talk of the ton due to the disappearance of his beautiful – and dangerous – wife.
Thrown together with him in romantic Greece, Roslyn is bemused by the charming Lord Atherton’s changeable moods, but cannot help falling deeply in love with him. He, however, is not free: what is behind his wife’s mysterious disappearance? Can Roslyn follow her heart, maintain her reputation in the ton, and be with the man she loves?
The Absent Wife has a compelling plot and a well-drawn main character, whose naivety is well handled by the author. Unfortunately, the other characters in this novel are less well realised, and their motivations difficult to discern. This reader found several of the story’s turning points a little hackneyed, especially where Lord Atherton’s wife was concerned. Overall, the novel could be improved.