My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I was initially surprised when I found out that this book was originally written in the late 80’s. I can usually tell when a book was written, even if it has a historical setting. This book is written very much like the historical romances you find today.
This book is unique to those modern romances, however. It is actually two stories in one, and is therefore longer than your average novel. Each of the main characters, Ondine & Warwick, have their own trials to overcome. This novel essentially solves one issue, then moves on to the next. Modern romances tend to try to conveniently solve a similar problem all at once. I found Ms Drake/Graham’s solution easier to follow and more realistic.
What I did not feel was realistic, was that a nobleman would take a bride off the gallows and not be able to tell she is of noble birth. On top of that they somehow managed to fall in love with each other, even though they were only ever being hateful and antagonistic towards each other. I wouldn’t consider that a healthy relationship.
Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley for the ARC to review.