The Earl’s Forsaken Bride – Tammy Andresen
Laird to Love Series, Book 6
May 14, 2018
Historical Romance/Scotland/Short Reads
Lord Callum Blackwood does not want a silly empty-headed lass for a wife. He’s seen too much darkness, for such a woman. Nor does he have the patience or softness to woo a blushing bride. He needs a woman that can step into the role of wife and fill his obligation for an heir. Lady Elizabeth has been ruined by her father’s gambling debts and is now a lowly laundress. But her fate cannot hide her beauty, her strength, or the lady that still lives within. And while she takes pride in her work, her ability to care for herself in a world that forces women to rely on men, she cannot deny that Callum could help her. Especially when her aunt falls gravely ill. Neither wants love, but nor can they deny the attraction that sparks between them. Will those feelings, forge a bond or break their tentative agreement apart?
“A woman who understands hardship will better understand me.”
I really enjoyed this short story. I loved the characters. They had both been through rough times and come out stronger for it. Lord Callum needs a wife but doesn’t want the emotional attachment. A former Lady, Elizabeth is barely surviving as she struggles to take care of ailing aunt. In sweeps Lord Callum, full of kindness and respect, and offers her a better life with protection. He’s a bit broken from the war and doesn’t believe he deserves love. She never wants to rely on a man and have him leave her in the position her father did. She shows him she is more than capable of handling his “flaws” Neither wanted love but they are just what each other needed. They found a way to their HEA as well as helping others and finding satisfaction in life. A sweet, emotional romance.
Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel
She kept her back to him. “I had suitors, even as young as I was. But after my father passed, their intentions, if they remained at all, were rather sordid. If not for her…” Elizabeth trailed off but Callum knew what she meant.
He curled his lip into a sneer. Those men had asked her to be their mistresses. Jackals. He’d like to show them what he thought of their behavior. “Now ye’ll take care of her.” He moved even closer until they were almost touching. A wisp of her hair tickled under his chin. “And I can help ye.” Why couldn’t he stay away from this woman?
“How?” her whisper was almost a plea.
“The nights are getting cold. We’ll keep this place warm by fixing the roof. Make her lots of broth for her strength. Return the laundry and just care for her, I’ll make sure ye’re fed.”
She turned to him, her face so close as he bent down that he could feel her breath. But her eyes were squeezed closed. “You’re trapping me with your kindness.”
Clever girl, he thought. “Aye, I suppose I am but whatever my flaws, I know the life I give ye will be better than this.”
“What are your flaws?” she asked then, surprising him.
“I don’t ken,” he started. But of course, he did. His heart was broken inside. He could give her protection but not love.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tammy Andresen lives with her husband and three children just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up on the Seacoast of Maine, where she spent countless days dreaming up stories in blueberry fields and among the scrub pines that line the coast. Her mother loved to spin a yarn and Tammy filled many hours listening to her mother retell the classics. It was inevitable that at the age of 18, she headed off to Simmons College, where she studied English literature and education. She never left Massachusetts but some of her heart still resides in Maine and her family visits often.