Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Posted by Camille at 7:00 AM Labels: Book Review, Romance Novels
The Obedient Bride by Mary Balogh
This book made me wonder why I enjoy the Victorian/Regency era so much. It epitomized all the things which sucked about this era. The male dominant society (well, we still have that but not as much), the weak weepy women, the repression of emotions, sexual frustration and ignorance of women (lay back and think of England!) and the prevailing sense of duty, which shall/can forsake ones happiness.
Arabella, who considers herself fat and ugly agrees to marry Lord Geoffrey Astor sight unseen so that her family won't be poor. Even though she has an older and more beautiful sister who technically should marry first, but she takes the bullet and agrees. She takes this duty seriously but is constantly suffering from low self-esteem that she can barely speak to her husband. Eventually Arabella discovers her husband has a mistress and for some reason (her character development gave no hint she would act so empowered) she demands her husband stop seeing his mistress and declares their marriage a failure and will only continue out of duty. Lord Astor was cool with that because he's a man, and well, no woman will dictate how he should live his life... but then he realizes he has "actual" feelings for his wife...
I'm sure you can see where this is going.