Hello Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of; The Inconvenient Elmswood Marriage, which is the fourth and final book in the gorgeous Penniless Brides of Convenience by Marguerite Kaye. So settle in, grab that cuppa and some biscuits – believe you’re going to need them with the babbling I’m going to put you all through – and enjoy!
Their marriage was a solution…
Until passion turns it into a problem!
Lord and Lady Elmswood’s convenient marriage has allowed them to live separate lives for years. Until larger-than-life Daniel almost dies and Kate must nurse the husband she barely knows back to health…and discover how maddeningly attractive he is! With the clock ticking on his departure, they disagree on everything – except the impossibility of resisting each other!
The fourth and final book in what has been an amazing series is a beautiful and very fitting ending, I definitely think that this is my favourite of the four. Throughout the series I have had questions about Daniel and Kate floating around in the back of my mind; why do they live apart? What were the reasons for their convenient marriage? And why did Daniel leave, never to return? And, I was wondering how Marguerite was going to bring Daniel and Kate back together again after so many years apart, and if they could ever fall in love after living separate lives since the day they married. Really I was worrying over nothing, if there was one person who could write a reunited love story, then it is the queen of historical romance herself and this is so good – really the word good doesn’t do this book justice if I was more eloquent with words I would be able to say in much finer terms exactly how wonderful this book is.
To say that Daniel’s story was a surprising one, was an understatement but I loved his story. I had real difficulty writing this review, I wanted to say so much about this glorious book, but because I really didn’t want to give too much away about Daniel and his career and the reasons why he left and why he returned, to me that would be a huge spoiler and if you follow the blog, you will know I hate to give away spoilers.
Kate and Daniel have lived separate lives, they married for convenience basically Kate needed security, she desperately wanted to stay at Elmswood estate and make it as beautiful as it once was and Daniel who for his own reason hated the place and the title and wanted neither in his life and couldn’t wait to get away as soon as humanly possible needed someone trustworthy to look after the pile of bricks and mortar, so he can hop off to who knows where doing who knows what.
Fast forward eleven years and Kate has word that her husband is at deaths door and he is to finally return to Elmswood to recuperate, because of what he was doing he must stay on and play the doting husband for the next three months, once that period is up he will fly out the door as soon as humanly possible to return to what he was doing before, but in the meantime, he must stay and make polite conversation with the woman who he doesn’t know and in a way doesn’t want to become attached to her, or his nieces he is frustrated and wants to leave, yet his treacherous body and emotions keep pushing him in Kate’s direction. But, will he fully allow himself to fall into this new- to-his-life and follow his heart? Or will he follow his mind and his decades set in hatred of the very place he is being forced to stay in?
Being the daughter of the previous Earl’s estate manager, Kate has grown up around Daniel and has always secretly loved him, but she isn’t one to give in to her girlish fantasies she is practical and resourceful she, she is selfless to a fault, everything she does she does for the sake of others; first for her father, for Elmswood, for Phoebe, Estelle and Eleanor and then finally for Daniel. The only thing over that time she has really done for herself was the garden, her sanctuary, she is a resilient, kind and caring woman, a woman who has a passionate nature bubbling beneath the surface. She is confused at to what to do and how to act around Daniel, especially as he is all set to leave again, should she keep her distance? Or should she give in to what her heart desperately wants; to know her husband?
I really, really like Daniel, he is a highly intriguing man, a man who has many layers the more you peel away the more fascinating he becomes. At first, I found him to be cold and a little heartless, merciless and selfish, but as he heals his hidden vulnerability, good heart and cheekiness soon reveal’s itself, he is passionate and seductive with a hint of fragility underneath that cool and silky exterior. This will sound a little odd, but as soon as I met him and then as I got to know him, I saw Tommy Shelby from the Peaky Blinders in my mind whenever Daniel was in a scene – I said it sounded odd – anyone who knows me, knows how much I love that show so this is one of the highest compliments I can give a character.
The Inconvenient Elmswood Marriage is book four in the Penniless Brides of Convenience, even though they can all be read very easily as stand-alone’s, my personal opinion would be to read them in order, or at least read this one last as there are hints of what is going on with the couples from the previous books throughout. Really I wouldn’t wish for you to spoil your enjoyment of the series by skipping ahead and reading the last book, no matter how tempting it is, we’ve all done it, believe me.
I didn’t just enjoy this, I loved every moment of it, of being swept away in a raft of romantic longing, seductive glances and complex emotion. It doesn’t just live up the high expectations by being the final book in this series, but it just blows you away with its surprising and intricate plot. The character’s are wonderfully engaging, I love the blossoming romance between Kate and Daniel, who really are perfectly written and perfect for each other, they each their own crosses to bear, their own issues which stands in their way. As always, Ms Kaye’s writing is perfection, the passion for the characters and the story shines through, honestly, I can never say a bad word about her writing.
I honestly cannot say enough great things about this book and this series, It has been an absolute joy getting to know Kate and Daniel, I hope you all will go and pre-order a copy, this is not to be missed.
This was an Arc copy from the author, which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you Marguerite! Xx
The Inconvenient Elmswood Marriage is to be released on 26th December, and can be pre-ordered now.