Book Review: The Lady Who Broke the Rules by Marguerite Kaye

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Published October 1st 2012 by Harlequin Historical 

Book Description (from Goodreads):

'Your rebellion has not gone unnoticed...'

Anticipating her wedding vows and then breaking off the engagement has left Kate Montague's social status in tatters. She hides her hurt at her family's disapproval behind a resolutely optimistic fa├žade, but one thing really grates... For a fallen woman, she knows shockingly little about passion!

Could Virgil Jackson be the man to teach her? A freed slave turned successful businessman, his striking good looks and lethally restrained power throw normally composed Kate into a tailspin! She's already scandalised society, but succumbing to her craving for Virgil would be the most outrageous thing Kate's done by far...

My Thoughts:

Have you ever wondered what it would have been to live and love at a certain point in human history.  Well, if you did, I would recommend this book. It was really a mind opener for me. It brought me closer to the slavery of American 19th century South, and the still aristocratic England. I have absolutely loved reading about the clash of tradition, newer ages coming and how it could have possibly influenced the people of that time.

What is the best part of this book is the fact that the author has written such incredible characters, a former slave who has inherited the fortune of the man who set him free and a young woman, disparaged by most of her family for not marrying a man her father chose for her. Those two put together will make you want to read more of these books since it is the third book in the Castonbury Park Series, but I do not feel as if I had lost anything for not reading the previous two because this book contains every facet of information you will need to understand the story. This only indicates the proficiency of the author's words. I have enjoyed the language and the story in equal measure not wanting to put this book down. The characters are excellently portrayed, the setting and scenery are colourful, the sentences quick and quirky.  

The Lady Who Broke the Rules can be taken as an example of feminist movement in its making and the ending of the slavery. From the historical point there are some educating historical fact to be found, and the romance is suspenseful and strong. Considering that even today in some countries the love match between a Caucasian and an African American is considered awkward, it is left to imagination how it must have seemed to go against everything known and acceptable to people of the 19th century and the author makes the story unique and interesting with tendrils of personal histories involved. From that point also, this book is an eye opener. 

The main characters? Both, Virgil and Kate are multidimensional and complicated characters that will grab your attention and won't let you rest until you discover what the future brings for them. Though, let me confess this, I had my doubts about the happy ending. But Marguerite Kay did deliver eventually after few toss' and turns. Not to forget the secondary characters that are intriguing in their own way, this book is a "real" love story.

To sum up, I have really enjoyed reading this book (my first by Marguerite Kaye, for now, at least) and would recommend it to anyone interested in a great love story with a little historical lesson on the side. Marguerite Kaye's knowledge of history speaks from every page and it took me to a world of high society, passion, protocol and heartache.

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