The Truth Behind Their Practical Marriage is book three in the Penniless Brides Of Convenience series of historical romances.
This is Estelle’s story―so far she has seen both of her sisters settled in happy marriages, while she is still searching for her calling. While travelling alone on the Continent, a rarity for a woman in the 1800s, Estelle meets Aidan. He is a mathematician from Ireland who is studying in Florence. They spend idyllic days together away from the outside world.
They agree to marry for a number of practical reasons rather than love and soon head to Aidan’s home in Ireland. However, here the hidden past catches up with Aidan and it threatens to destroy all the happiness he has found with Estelle.
I enjoyed this story, particularly the parts set in Florence. I was also interested to read the author’s note that this story was influenced by Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca. I read a copy of that book so many years ago that I can no longer recall its storyline, so I was unable to compare the two, but this detail may be of interest to others.
Overall, a good addition to this series.
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A marriage hiding secrets
…but forged by passion!
A Penniless Brides of Convenience story. Miss Estelle Brannagh has never met a man who’s tempted her to renounce her hard-won independence—until an encounter with Irish landowner Aidan Malahide blossoms into spine-tingling attraction. He’s carefree and charismatic; accepting his proposal seems practical and shockingly desirable! Yet Aidan is hiding a dark secret, and it will take all of Estelle’s courage to ensure it doesn’t tear them apart…