Thursday, April 9, 2020

Review: To Have and To Hoax by Martha Waters

To Have and To Hoax
by Martha Waters

Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 367
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads: Five years ago, Lady Violet Grey and Lord James Audley met, fell in love, and got married. Four years ago, they had a fight to end all fights, and have barely spoken since.

Their once-passionate love match has been reduced to one of cold, detached politeness. But when Violet receives a letter that James has been thrown from his horse and rendered unconscious at their country estate, she races to be by his side—only to discover him alive and well at a tavern, and completely unaware of her concern. She’s outraged. He’s confused. And the distance between them has never been more apparent.

Wanting to teach her estranged husband a lesson, Violet decides to feign an illness of her own. James quickly sees through it, but he decides to play along in an ever-escalating game of manipulation, featuring actors masquerading as doctors, threats of Swiss sanitariums, faux mistresses—and a lot of flirtation between a husband and wife who might not hate each other as much as they thought. Will the two be able to overcome four years of hurt or will they continue to deny the spark between them.

Kritters Thoughts:  A Victorian romantic comedy that was interesting to read, but not my cup of tea.  Lady Violet Grey and Lord James Audley have been married for five years after a very quick courtship and they had a very large fight that they have yet to work through four years ago, through an interesting circumstance they try to one up each other and it just may help them work through their things.  

For me this book was ok, but wasn't great.  There were a few moments that didn't feel as though they were completely historically correct and they took me out of the story and were distracting.  It just felt as though this book was at times really historical with language and customs and then there would be a break and it would feel current, it was weird.

The other thing that I just didn't love was the pacing and timing of the story.  It felt like it just didn't move along as much as it should have and I wanted things to keep moving forward.  There would be something happen and then it felt as though the book would just kind of pause and linger and not move from one scene to another.  

The characters were entertaining and that kept me reading until the end.  I would try another book from this author, but with a little bit of caution.  

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 29 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Atria.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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