Friday, April 10, 2020

To Have and To Hoax

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Synopsis (from Amazon):  Named a Best Romance of April by GoodreadsPopsugarBustle, and more!

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.

One (or more) Sentence Summary: First let me say it has been a month since I posted and I am sorry.  I noticed my last post was March 9th and March 10th things got crazy.  I work for a college and we had been watching, preparing  and anticipating the COVID-19 pandemic since January.  Our campus closed the evening of the 10th for 2 weeks to convert classes.  We are now all working remotely, except for essential employees.  I work at the office 2 days a week and I am so thankful for many things, but mostly my family's health and that I am still employed.  My heart breaks at what has and is happening to everyone and so many of my friends. I pray this over very soon and our lives go back to some sort of normalcy.  I hope that you and your family are healthy and safe.

To Have and To Hoax was a story about Violet and James fast whirlwind of a courtship and after about a year they had a fight to end all fights.  Four years later Violet has a scary and believes James is on his deathbed.  The two dance around each other and soon realize that they want each other and want to go back to the way things were before the fight. James soon realizes how his father manipulated the situation and works quickly to reconcile not only with Violet, but her bother too. True love finds its way through a long stand off fight of four years.  I enjoyed To Have and To Hoax but the time period (early 1800's) are usually not my cup of tea.  It was a quick read and I thought very well written.

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: I sure would.

Martha Waters was born and raised in sunny South Florida, and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She works as a children’s librarian in North Carolina, and spends much of her free time traveling. To Have and To Hoax is her first novel.


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