by Lisa Manuel

April 2004
ISBN: 0-821-77647-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Lucas Holbrook, the Duke of Wakefield, emerges from sleep with the most wicked hangover he can ever recall. Why he doesn’t even recognize his surroundings. Who are these people? Who is this lovely young woman who is weeping at his waking? Where is his brother? His valet? His clothes?

Author Lisa Manuel takes a familiar plot device, amnesia, and infuses it with an intriguing twist in Mostly Married. Lucas Holbrook has not only lost his memory once, but twice! Now that he has his “real” memory back, he cannot recall anything about the life he has led for the past year as a sheep farmer - including the bit about marrying Charity Fergusson.

As Lucas travels home to Wakefield, he discovers that life has gone on without him. His brother, Wesley, has taken up the reins of the estate and his title. While everyone is very glad to see him and rejoices at his return, things can never quite be the same. When Charity arrives in the village, things really get interesting.

This story is packed with emotion. The family is thrilled that Lucas has returned, but what about Wesley? Is there a place for him in the scheme of things? Does Helena, Lucas’ fiancee, still care about him in the same way? What is he going to do about Charity? These are just a few of the questions that will be answered in Mostly Married. The novel moves along well, with no lags, and has a host of strong characters. Ms. Manuel has penned a good debut novel, handling the difficult aspects of Lucas’ character with ease. I will be looking forward to her next novel.

Reviewed in April 2004 by Paula.

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