What a Lady Craves by Ashlyn Macnamara is a historical romance that will take you on a mysterious and suspenseful adventure.
Henrietta Upperton was on her way to marry Alexander Sanford, when a tragedy strikes in his family. Making Alexander rush off to India in order to salvage his family’s fortune. While his plans are to make salvage the fortune and return home to marry Henrietta, things don’t always go as planned.
While there something happens and he ends up married to another woman and expecting a child. Leaving Henrietta brokenhearted and alone.
Now eight years later, Henrietta works as a companion for Alexander’s great aunt, the Dowager Countess Epperley. She is past the stage for marrying, and after Alexander there was no one else who asked for her hand. Henrietta knows that working for Alexander’s aunt complicates things a little, but she likes living in the little coast town and not having to rely on her brother.
But things change when one night Alexander washes up on shore and his servant Satya goes to the manor for help. Now Henrietta will once again see the man she loved so much and left her for another.
Alexander didn’t expect to see Henrietta at his aunt’s home as her paid companion. He expected to learn that she had married another, but having her be there and single is a good thing, even if it does complicate matters. Since the death of his wife, Alexander planned to return home with his two daughters and try and make a new life.
As they spend time together, and Henrietta is asked by lady Epperley to look after the girls, she starts to grow fond of them. But no matter what she cannot help but remember that they are the fruit of the man she loved and the woman he left her for. Regardless of that, Henrietta notices a difference in Alexander’s attentions between the oldest and youngest girl. Making the oldest much more shy and hurt by his indifference and preference for the youngest.
I loved that Henrietta was a strong and sensible woman. She loved to read and learned things that not many other young ladies should know about. With her being 25 though, she believed that she didn’t need to have the same restrictions in both her reading materials and her language, leaving her with a bit of a foul mouth for a woman of her times.
Alexander’s sense of honor is respectable, even if I did want to throttle him for it. Because of it is that everything went wrong between him and Henrietta. Then there is his father-in-law who is at fault for putting everyone’s life in danger. A danger that followed Alexander from India to England and is now too close to everyone he loves.
But in order for Alexander and Henrietta to get their HEA, first he will have to tell her what he has told no one and clear all misunderstandings. As well show her that she means more to him than anything else. Otherwise, Alexander will loose her for the second and last time in his life.
If you like a deeply emotional, steamy and intriguing read, don’t miss What a Lady Craves by Ashlyn Macnamara.
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WHAT A LADY CRAVES
Written by Ashlyn Macnamara
Published by Loveswept
August 19, 2014
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Ashlyn Macnamara weaves a delicious tale of two souls torn apart by circumstance and reunited by fate—perfect for fans of Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries.
Henrietta Upperton is about to marry Alexander Sanford when he rushes off to India to salvage his family’s fortune. Then comes the devastating news that he has wed another. Eight agonizing years later, a storm washes Alexander ashore—injured, widowed, and hunted—and one glimpse of his ruggedly handsome face reawakens the desire Henrietta thought she had buried deep inside. Her body still yearns for his touch, but she’s determined not let him wound her again . . . not this time.
For Alexander, honor always comes first. But only now does he realize that when given the choice between two virtuous deeds, he picked the wrong one. On the run with his life in tatters and a pair of daughters in tow, Alexander burns for Henrietta. He knows he does not deserve forgiveness. And yet he longs to wrap his arms around her warm body once again. What’s more, he is sure the lady craves the same.
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About Ashlyn Macnamara
Ashlyn Macnamara is the author of A Most Scandalous Proposal. She lives in the wilds of suburbia outside of Montreal with her husband and two teenage daughters. When not writing, she looks for other excuses to neglect the housework, among them knitting, reading, and wasting time on the Internet in the guise of doing research.
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