Book Review

‘The Baron’s Betrayal’ by Callie Hutton

tbb chSTORY: It’s been two years since Lady Marion Tunstall lost her husband at sea. Two years of sorrow and grief. Only now has the young, comely widow finally re-entered society. It isn’t until she and her family attend the merriment of a country dance that Lady Marion sees her dead husband, alive and well… and faints dead away.

Lord Tristan Tunstall has no choice but to confess—he is alive, yes, but not a whole man who can be a husband and father. When he offers her a divorce, however, Marion stubbornly refuses. Now she has forced herself back into his life, and into his home and (oh, God forgive his weakness) his bed. He cannot stop himself from wanting her. Loving her. But can he live with the secret she is keeping from him?

REVIEW: September 1815 – Northampton England

Lady Marion Tunstall became a widow two years ago when her husband, Lord Tristan Tunstall, was lost at sea.  Her grief has been devastating for her but she has finally agreed to attend an soiree with her brother and family.  When she sees her “dead” husband on the arm of another woman, Mrs. Lorelei Gibbons, she faints dead away.

The story goes that Tristan has survived the shipwreck but lost his memory.  During his convalescence, he helped to care for another survivor, Everard Gibbons who eventually passed away leaving an inheritance to Tristan.  Everard’s mother, Lorelei, arrives at her son’s side just as he is dying.  When Tristan regains his memory, he invites Lorelei to stay with him as a companion and he is like a son to her. Why does he need a companion?  It turns out that while he has regained his memory, he has been left blind.  Feeling that he is not a whole person, he makes the decision to not let his wife know he has survived.  While he loves Marion dearly, he wants to stay away from her hoping that she will someday meet and marry a “whole” man.

Lorelei Gibbons was the one who took Tristan to the soiree telling him they were going somewhere else. He is angry when he finds what she has done but she did it to try and get him to get back with his wife.

Marion’s brother is furious with Tristan because he knows that Marion wants to be with him.  But Tristan wants to divorce her so she can be free to marry again.  Marion begs Tristan to let her be with him, but he keeps refusing.  This is essentially the gist of the story.  It is back and forth encounters between the two where Marion wants him but his pride won’t let her in.

This was almost like watching a game of tennis.  While I think the author wrote the story well, the stubbornness of Tristan and his self-pity soon became old.  Although I have not read other books by this author, I look forward to doing so.  I’m hoping that it is just me that was somewhat disappointed with this novel.

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Copy provided by the publisher


1 thought on “‘The Baron’s Betrayal’ by Callie Hutton”

  1. This is the first time I leave a comment, but I couldn’t help myself. Tristan has to know that by divorcing her (even if he were able to accomplish that very rare, very difficult and very public legal feat) he would be ruining her in Society’s eyes and no man, certainly no decent man, would then marry her. He would be leaving her in far worse shape than if she had to live out her days with a blind man! Especially one whom she loves!

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