Do you love reading? I can’t even tell you how many books I’ve either read or listed to on Audible in the past year because I seem to have lost track. I love to read from all the different genres. I was recently sent a book to review written by the author Jenna Jaxon. The title is Much Ado About a Widow. This book is part of a series called “The Widow’s Club.” The series is about a group of friends who were widowed after Waterloo. The books in the series can be read in order or they can be read alone. This particular book is number 4 out of 5 in the series.
About the author:
“Jenna Jaxon is a best-selling author of historical romance, writing in a variety of time periods because she believes that passion is timeless. She has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager. A romantic herself, Jenna has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise. She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories.” See more about Jenna and all of her wonderful books over on the Amazon website.
The book is described as follows:
Lady Georgina Kirkpatrick defied her family, jilted her fiancé, and married the man she loved. But when her husband died at Waterloo, she was delivered right back into her father’s power . . .
Victory is sweet—but England’s triumph was Georgie’s rout. Now that she’s widowed, the loathsome marriage her father first arranged has simply been renegotiated. With neither money nor rights, and nowhere to flee, all she can do is cherish her last weeks of freedom. . . . Until a band of ruffians overtake her carriage and kidnap her. When she escapes in seaside Brighton and encounters her brother’s rather wild friend, Lord St. Just—whom she suspects aspires to be a pirate—she’s prepared to entertain more of his adventurous suggestions than usual . . .
St. Just knows his mind and his duty, and he loves a challenge. Helping a fair lady make her farewells to hoodlums suits his talents well. Within the hour he has Georgie, her lady’s maid—and her little dog too—sailing for his castle in Cornwall. Meanwhile, the lady’s entire family, her kidnappers, and her scheming intended are in pursuit. But as he and the indomitable Georgie grow closer, he begins to suspect that together they will prove a match for them all . . .
I love a good romance and was captivated and intrigued from the very start of this book. Every chapter had an ending that strung me right into the next one because I had a need to know what was going to happen next.
Lady Georgina Kirkpatrick, the main character, is quite feisty. She takes us on a journey that is filled with twists and turns. The book gets me laughing out loud at times and blushing at others. The book is set in England in 1817 and references the time period throughout. I could close my eyes and visualize the settings.
Much Ado About a Widow is available in many formats including Audible, Kindle, paperback and other versions. I combined reading the paperback version and listening on Audible. I really enjoyed the audio version because it entertained me and connected me to the characters (and their beautiful accents) and I could envision them more than the written version.
I recommend this book and will be reading (or listening to) the others in the series soon.