Mr. Dale and The Divorcée

The Brazen Beauties, Book 1

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Pub Date 23 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 06 Nov 2021

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He's a respectable barrister...
She's the most scandalous woman in England...

Wilhelmina Hewitt knows she's in for a rough ride when she agrees to help her husband get a divorce. Nothing, however, prepares her for the regret of meeting Mr. Dale on the eve of her downfall. No other man has ever sent her heart racing as he does. Unfortunately, while she'll soon be free to engage in a new relationship, no upstanding gentleman will have her.

James Dale would never pursue another man's wife. Or a woman reputed to be a deceitful adulteress. Furious with himself for letting the lovely Mrs. Hewitt charm him, he strives to keep his distance. But when her daughter elopes with his son, they're forced into a partnership where passion ignites. And James soon wonders if there might be more to the divorcée than meets the eye.

He's a respectable barrister...
She's the most scandalous woman in England...

Wilhelmina Hewitt knows she's in for a rough ride when she agrees to help her husband get a divorce. Nothing, however...


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Mr. Dale and the Divorcee is a cautionary tale of a man who nearly loses the joy of his life because he accepted a situation at face value. After a few twists and turns he gets his HEA, but he has to set aside his prejudices and accept that sometimes things are not as they appear.

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Wilhelmina Hewitt knows she's in for a rough ride when she agrees to help her husband get a divorce. Nothing, however, prepares her for the regret of meeting Mr. Dale on the eve of her downfall. No other man has ever sent her heart racing as he does. Unfortunately, while she'll soon be free to engage in a new relationship, no upstanding gentleman will have her. James Dale would never pursue another man's wife. Or a woman reputed to be a deceitful adulteress. Furious with himself for letting the lovely Mrs. Hewitt charm him, he strives to keep his distance. But when her daughter elopes with his son, they're forced into a partnership where passion ignites. And James soon wonders if there might be more to the divorcée than meets the eye. I love the characters in this book. Wilhelmina is brave and kind. James is smart and noble. Both very likable. I love how their relationship grows... Great chemistry between the two. :) Love the ending especially. I also love how the book talks about divorce which is so rare in historical romance. I actually learn something about the law from the book! Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc.

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This was a typical 'father doesn't approve of son's fiance, but is attracted to fiance's mother and he isn't supposed to be.' For the most part, this was funny with the main characters tossing insults around. The fiance's mother, the heroine, is divorced from her husband. It took 2 years and 2 men had to swear in court that she was a trollop and floozy. The reason the heroine did that was because she only married her husband because she was pregnant from being raped. She couldn't do anything because (spoiler), her daughter's father was an aristocrat. They married because they were friends who grew up together and their fathers both travelled together around the world and died on one such trip. So when her husband of 20 years fell in love, she offered and forced him to divorce her because she wanted him to marry the woman he loved. So after the divorce, he left with his new wife for Michigan to build furniture. She moves to the country and brings her daughter when the hero refuses to allow his son to marry her daughter. The hero takes his son to his parent's estate and they are neighbors to the divorce'. The kids meet and ride off to Gretna Green, and the parents are forced to follow. This book was a good story about a stick in the mud hero, who only sees in black and white, no gray. This story develops two stories as we read about the conundrum of the children. I give this book 4 stars. I enjoyed the story, but it had a lot of drama and too many incidents for me. It was a good, quick read, but it was one negative incident after another, and sometimes, I just want less drama. I do recommend reading this book because it deals with divorce at a time when it wasn't really done. And I liked that they were not aristocrats.

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