‘In the Spinster’s Bed’ by Sally MacKenzie

itsb smkSTORY: At Spinster House, a woman can enjoy the spoils of single life—or find the love of a lifetime…

It has been twenty years since Lord William Wattles laid eyes on Annabelle Frost. Still, he remembers everything—her ethereal beauty, her bookish intelligence, her surprisingly modern attitudes about love…and lust. But Belle’s allegedly wanton behavior led her father to send her away to save the family’s reputation. Now she resides at Spinster House in the village of Loves Bridge, where an unmarried lady can live—and in Belle’s case, support herself as a librarian—in peace…

Beautiful, passionate Belle—sworn off marriage? William can’t believe the woman he once knew could end up like this. But when the hands of fate bring him to Loves Bridge, his long-lost love might just end up back in his arms. Is their unwavering desire worth the sweeping scandal that is sure to follow them both? Absolutely.

REVIEW: Miss Belle Frost, age 37, lives in Loves Bridge and work as the town’s librarian.  She goes by the name of Miss Annabelle Franklin.  The daughter of a vicar, she was thrown out of the house when it became known that she was pregnant.  She and William Wattles had become lovers and when she realized she was pregnant, she did not want to tell William because she was only a vicar’s daughter.  So, she kept her secret from him.  Thus, she traveled to Loves Bridge to live the quiet life of a spinster under an assumed name.  It has been 20 years and she is known as the Spinster House spinster.  As it happens, the town has a home where a spinster can stay for life for until she marries.  So, she has had a peaceful life alone and has adopted a cat.

Lord William Wattles, age 38, is the third son of a peer of the realm.  His two older brothers, Albert and Oliver are married but their wives have produced only daughters.  When William was younger, his father realized that he did not seem to be cut out for big things so he bought William his colors and he entered the Army.  Now years later, William has married Hortense, a daughter of an Earl. Unfortunately, it turns out that Hortense is a woman hooked on partying, spirits and cocaine.  Her wantonness is such an embarrassment to William that he has decided to leave town for awhile hoping gossip about his wife will soon die down.  He chooses the town of Loves Bridge.

When William meets Belle, he immediately recognizes her but she tries to convince him that he is mistaken.  But William knows who she is and remembers their past.  When he comes to her house, their old attraction takes over.  But, William is called away when his wife overdoses and dies.  William returns to Loves Bridge but is called away again when his father dies.

Belle does not want to tell William about the past and her pregnancy but she fears she as become pregnant again.  She feels she cannot tell him because she is still just a vicar’s daughter and he needs to marry a younger woman of higher breeding and produce an heir.

What will happen to their love and passion?  Is it strong enough to keep them together?

This was a nice novella about love that remains true for a long time.

Connie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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