To Have and to Hoax

A Novel

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Pub Date 07 Apr 2020 | Archive Date 24 Jan 2024

Description

**Catch up on the Regency Vows series before the final novel, TO WOO AND TO WED, is released on February 6, 2024!**

Named a Best Romance of April by Goodreads, Popsugar, Bustle, and more!

“A laugh out loud Regency romp—if you loved the Bridgertons, you’ll adore To Have and to Hoax!” —Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author

In this fresh and hilarious historical rom-com, an estranged husband and wife in Regency England feign accidents and illness in an attempt to gain attention—and maybe just win each other back in the process.

Five years ago, Lady Violet Grey and Lord James Audley met, fell in love, and got married. Four years ago, they had a fight to end all fights, and have barely spoken since.

Their once-passionate love match has been reduced to one of cold, detached politeness. But when Violet receives a letter that James has been thrown from his horse and rendered unconscious at their country estate, she races to be by his side—only to discover him alive and well at a tavern, and completely unaware of her concern. She’s outraged. He’s confused. And the distance between them has never been more apparent.

Wanting to teach her estranged husband a lesson, Violet decides to feign an illness of her own. James quickly sees through it, but he decides to play along in an ever-escalating game of manipulation, featuring actors masquerading as doctors, threats of Swiss sanitariums, faux mistresses—and a lot of flirtation between a husband and wife who might not hate each other as much as they thought. Will the two be able to overcome four years of hurt or will they continue to deny the spark between them?

With charm, wit, and heart in spades, To Have and to Hoax is a fresh and eminently entertaining romantic comedy—perfect for fans of Jasmine Guillory and Julia Quinn.

**Catch up on the Regency Vows series before the final novel, TO WOO AND TO WED, is released on February 6, 2024!**

Named a Best Romance of April by Goodreads, Popsugar, Bustle, and more!

“A laugh out...


Advance Praise

"Self-aware and brimming with well-timed epiphanies, this joyful, elegant romp is sure to enchant.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Waters’ cleverly conceived and brilliantly executed debut is served up with an abundance of cheeky charm and wonderfully wry wit… what will really win over romance readers is how beautifully she writes about the important role of trust in a true marriage of minds and hearts." Booklist (starred review)

“Waters is a gifted writer. She deploys sharp, incisive prose to describe each character's inner world, showing how each is a product of their upbringing and class.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Proving there’s no rule that says romantic comedies have to be contemporary, Martha Waters’s historical rom-com To Have and To Hoax introduces Lady Violet Grey, who feigns an illness to regain the trust of her estranged husband.” —Library Journal

“A charming regency-era romance with a twist... cascades into mountains of trouble, deliciously hilarious and perfectly angsty.” —Palm Beach Post

“A laugh out loud Regency romp—if you loved the Bridgertons, you’ll adore To Have and to Hoax!” —Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author of the Pink Carnation series and The Summer Country

“Waters’s writing is endlessly charming...absorbing and clever and at times laugh-out-loud funny. From the first line she had me hooked, and kept me turning pages late into the night. I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next!” —Kate Clayborn, author of Love Lettering

“To Have and to Hoax is a delightful battle of wits that's funny and touching all at once. James and Violet are perfectly matched, and you'll love watching the sparks fly as they both infuriate each other and fall in love all over again.” —Jen DeLuca, author of Well Met

"Self-aware and brimming with well-timed epiphanies, this joyful, elegant romp is sure to enchant.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Waters’ cleverly conceived and brilliantly executed debut is...


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