The Lady Flees Her Lord
Lady Lucinda Denbigh is in a predicament. Her husband, Lord Denbigh, married her for her fortune but treats her rudely because he finds her unattractive and overweight by Regency-era standards. When Denbigh reveals his plan to take his wife on a trip with his dissolute friends, Lucinda flees her home. She finds a new home in the countryside, on the lands of Lord Hugo Wanstead, a gruff war veteran tormented by his wife’s death and his gruesome experiences on the battlefield. Wanstead does not wish to marry again, and is appalled at his attraction to Lucinda, who is posing as a grieving war widow. In typical romance fashion, the two circle each other, both denying and reveling in their mutual attraction, and trying their best to keep their secrets. Meanwhile, Denbigh is on the search for his wife, because without her money, he’s unable to maintain his status.
Young’s second novel features a torrid love story between two society outsiders as well as some engaging secondary characters. Some of the storylines are a bit far-fetched, but overall, this is an entertaining romance novel with an unusually independent and spirited heroine.