‘The Viscount Needs a Wife’ by Jo Beverley

twnaw-jbSTORY: Since being widowed two years ago, Kitty Cateril has been trapped in her late husband’s home, where she is expected to mourn forever. Desperate to escape, Kitty will consider any option—even a hasty marriage to a stranger with no intention of abandoning his bachelor ways.

London life suits Beau Braydon, especially his work keeping Britain safe. So when he inherits the title of Viscount Dauntry, he has no intention of resettling on a rural estate. He can’t resist the opportunity to marry a sensible widow who can manage Beauchamp Abbey for him—until he realizes Kitty is more than he bargained for…

Before Kitty and Dauntry can adjust to each other, a threat to the royal family takes them to London. Soon someone is determined to prevent Dauntry from exposing the villain, and secrets in Kitty’s past threaten their growing love…

REVIEW: Cateril Manor, Gloucestershire – 1817

Kathryn (Kitty) Cateril, age 27, is a widow living with her mother-in-law who continues to mourn her son, Marcus, who has been dead for two years. The older woman has always been disapproving no matter how hard Kitty has tried to get along with her. Kitty cannot afford to live anywhere else.

Lord Cateril announces that Princess Charlotte, daughter of King George III, has died in childbirth along with her newborn son. Of all of the Regent’s offspring, Charlotte had been the only legitimate grandchild. Now, all must go into full mourning. But Kitty has chosen to go into half mourning after the Princess’s funeral to the ire of her mother-in-law.

Kitty receives a letter from her good friend who is married to a vicar suggesting she take a position and get on with her life. She agrees to travel to see her friend. There she meets Viscount Lord Dauntry who is looking for a wife. His plan is to marry someone who will agree to stay at his newly inherited home, Beauchamp Manor, overseeing its operation while he returns to London to continue with his Parliament duties. Now that he has become the new Viscount, he has his hands full trying to comfort the deceased Viscount’s mother and the man’s daughter, Isabella, age 16. These two women resent him and do not want him to take over the Abbey. Thus, Lord Dauntry needs a strong woman to marry who can stand up to them.

The two marry right away. When Lord Dauntry is called to London, Kitty decides to go with him for a few days under the guise of seeing what the London home is like and wanting to spend some time with her new husband.

Is there a way these two people can learn to love one another and have a lasting marriage or will it always be a marriage of convenience?

This was an interesting story but a bit too long. However, I did enjoy it very much. The author did a good job of inserting a lot of history of the time period to give the reader an insight into what was happening historically.

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