William Barlow's life has been forever altered: his estranged father is dead, and William has inherited the title of Viscount Farleigh. Along with the title comes a neglected estate, an enormous amount of gambling debt, and one astounding acquisition that will turn William's world upside down . . .
It is her first London Season, and Lady Louisa Hargreaves could not be more pleased. She has attracted the attention of the Earl of Kerridge, and the two are on the cusp of an official betrothal. That is, until she learns of a generations-old family debt: her grandfather gambled her hand in marriage and lost, and now Louisa must pay the price. She will marry not the earl but a man she just met, who has taken her freedom in one fell swoop. Even as she struggles to understand the handsome and aloof man she is to wed, Louisa is irresistibly drawn to him—and he to her. But she soon realizes he is harboring secrets, and as her wedding day approaches, she must discover what her future husband is hiding before she makes the gravest mistake of her life.
|Size||6 x 9|
|Published||Covenant Communications 2018|
I have to say first that I loved William from the very beginning. His sense of loyalty, his determination, and his vulnerability all combine to make him so endearing as a character. I love when books give me a very clear feeling of who the characters are right from the beginning. It makes it so easy to attach myself to their story, their heartache and their hope.
This is a sweet regency romance. It felt all things gentle and proper while reading it. The author did a great job of creating great visuals for my mind so I could easily make the people and places come to life in my head. There is an extensive cast of secondary characters but I never felt overwhelmed with keeping them straight. The people in Williams life, while not blood family, sure gave that feeling of family and I loved it.
Will and Louisa couldn't be more different. Louisa has a gift of words. She is a verbal being and communicates well. Will on the other hand, doesn't. He doesn't use his word often or well, but he still feels deeply. I love how Will recognizes this in Louisa and allows her to verbalize because he knows she needs it and he tries so hard to give her what she wants from him. He doesn't really always succeed, but he tries. See? How can I not love Will?
This book was very enjoyable and ever so sweet.
- I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
Wager for a Wife is a very good story. It has such a creative premise-an estranged son inherits his father’s title and estate, but he learns that it is deeply in debt. It is discovered that a wager made years before has the means of saving the estate, servants and tenants.
The interactions between Will and Louisa were very entertaining. From hate to friendship to more, I really enjoyed their story.
I loved Louisa’s relationship with her brothers and her parents. They were a very loving, supportive family. The teasing between siblings was fun and laughable.
I loved Will’s relationship with the servants in his childhood home. They were good family to him where his father was not.
The resolution was a bit rushed and could have used more detail about the emotions of the characters involved, but it had a sweet and happy ending.
This is a quick and clean read that I can see myself reading again.
Hopefully this doesn't detract at all from the review, but when the book first came in the mail my daughter started reading it to me while I was driving. The name Farleigh came up quite a few times right off the bat, and I couldn't help but think of the Three Amigos every time I heard or read it. 🤣
Wager for a Wife took me just a bit to get into. It starts a bit differently than a lot of Regency Romance books do. But when I did get into it, I loved the whole thing!
This book follows the love story of William and Louisa. I loved both of these characters. Something that’s kind of interesting about the two of them, is that they are completely opposite personalities. I loved that!
Louisa is a young lady, literally Lady Louisa. She’s enjoying all of the romance of her first London season. It even seems as though she’s going to get married, the handsome Earl of Kerridge has asked for her hand. But her life and dreams appear to come tumbling down around her when William walks into her life.
William is a viscount. His father has recently passed away, leaving the estate in shambles. And William needs to be able to salvage something to take care of his staff, all of whom he dearly loves. Enter Louisa. William’s solicitor has discovered a vowel that his father and Louisa’s grandfather signed making Louisa marry William.
I loved the way this story comes together from this point. There were so many great moments. Moments that made me laugh out loud and moments that made me sad and hopeful that these two would some how manage to make their lives work out the way they were intended to.
This is such a great Regency Romance! Make sure to read it for yourself.
This was a delightful read. I wasn't sure how the title worked into the story or how exactly the wager worked into it. I tend to forget back cover blurbs or don't read them completely, so I realized not far into the story what the wager was. However, upon completion, the title meant even more than it did in the beginning. I loved getting to know the quiet William and his motivations behind his actions. I loved Lady Louisa's strength and courage to act honorably. And the ending was about as prefect as one could get. It did make me realize once again how important honor and the family name were back then. I think it's something we could all take a lesson from today. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a little wager, especially when it comes to love.
*I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.