Review: Much Ado about a Widow (The Widows' Club #4) by Jenna Jaxon - .Red Wine & Books

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Review: Much Ado about a Widow (The Widows' Club #4) by Jenna Jaxon


Print Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Zebra Publishing (December 31, 2019)

From Goodreads.com:  Lady Georgina Kirkpatrick defied her family, jilted her fiancé, and married the man she loved. But when her husband died at Waterloo, she was delivered right back into her father's power...

Victory is sweet—but England's triumph was Georgie's rout. Now that she's widowed, the loathsome marriage her father first arranged has simply been renegotiated. With neither money nor rights, and nowhere to flee, all she can do is cherish her last weeks of freedom... Until a band of ruffians overtake her carriage and kidnap her. When she escapes in seaside Brighton and encounters her brother's rather wild friend, Lord St. Just—whom she suspects aspires to be a pirate—she's prepared to entertain more of his adventurous suggestions than usual...

St. Just knows his mind and his duty, and he loves a challenge. Helping a fair lady make her farewells to hoodlums suits his talents well. Within the hour he has Georgie, her lady's maid—and her little dog, too—sailing for his castle in Cornwall. Meanwhile, the lady's entire family, her kidnappers, and her scheming intended are in pursuit. But as he and the indomitable Georgie grow closer, he begins to suspect that together they will prove a match for them all...
 



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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

This was a hard story to get into. To begin with, it was very hard to like or even understand Georgianna, our heroine. Instead of coming across as a strong woman, she came across a stupid and whiny. Which was a complete disappointment when you consider the fact that she had just managed to escape her kidnappers. 


In fact, I could not understand why knowing what kind of danger awaited her (not only the threat that her kidnappers posed to her, but the threat of her father and marriage to a loathsome man), she still demanded at every turn to be taken home, or allowed to try and make her way by herself. If I was Rob, I would have wished her well, and left her on the shore. 

Speaking of Rob, I had a hard time believing in their "insta-love". In a matter of days, she went from not liking him at all (including accusing him of kidnapping her when he was saving her), to liking him for saving her dog, to being in love with him. Honestly, the way this sudden 180 in her feelings seemed to happen just after he saved the dog, it was more believable that what she was feeling was gratitude instead of any genuine love to the man himself. 

As for the story, it went from dragging in parts, to having too much going on at once. The "siege" on Rob's home by Georgianna's father seemed a bit too farfetched, and her father was just ridiculous. It is never fully explained why he is so set on her marriage to Travers. Nor did it make any sense why when Rob, a peer of higher rank than both Travers and himself, made his intentions known, her father still would not relent. His rantings and threats frankly made him look insane. And I absolutely hated the way he was forgiven at the end. 

In the end, I am sure this novel will appeal to fans of this author and this series. Just as I'm sure there will be people who pick this story up and immediately fall in love with it. But at the end of the day, it just was not for me. I would read more from this author however, as I have read other stories by her and enjoyed them much more than this one.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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                           Much Ado about a Widow is available from Amazon.com

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