Spring has finally come! And with it spring winds, as you can see when you look at my hair (if you dare!) ;)
The Temporary Wife was originally published in 1997 and A Promise of Spring in 1990 and while she has improved as a writer, I found this duet quite a good read.
A Temporary Wife: Charity Duncan wants to help her brother support their other siblings by working as a governess but the last place she worked she was thrown out of for defending a maid from the man of the house. When Lord Anthony Earheart offers her marriage instead and a rather large stipend afterwards for annoying his father by her very presence she agrees. But then love gets in the way of the plotting and I was drawn in and couldn't put it down.
A Promise of Spring is the story of Grace Howard and the younger (!) Sir Peregrine Lampman who rescues her when her brother dies and leaves her without a future. She has secrets in her past that could come back to haunt her and an ex-lover who won't take no for an answer may spoil her chances at happiness.
Both were fun, light reads.
I think I bought this off a bargain book table sometime around 2007. I’d never heard of it or the author before or since. I’d say it’s more Middle Grade than YA, though it’s a bit slow and uneventful for a MG audience. Blake, the main character, is bland and not at all memorable. His little sister, nicknamed Duck (I actually can’t remember if anyone ever says her real name) is less bland and unmemorable, but she’s also kind of (really) insufferable. Oxford and the Bodleian Library make for an interesting setting, and the parts of the story set in the 1400s make a decent short story by themselves, but the novel as a whole is unremarkable. The writing isn’t bad (brief, random, sudden POV shifts notwithstanding), and it’s mildly entertaining. It’s a quick, easy read, but not one I can recommend with any amount of enthusiasm.
(In our street earlier today -- and yes, it's still snowing. I hope the poor daffs are going to make it ... and there we were, only a few days ago, basking in the early springtime sun and hoping winter was finally over!)