I have enjoyed all Georgie Lee’s books and “The Secret Marriage Pact” was no exception. From the start, I enjoyed the interchange between Jane and Jasper. I particularly liked that they were unashamedly of the merchant class, not reaching out to become part of the ton, although they were rich enough for begrudging acceptance of those upper echelons.
I also liked the feeling of frustration that came across because Jane could not manage her own affairs. For a woman with a brain, that must have been a special kind of hell.
Jasper was secure enough in himself to give her that freedom and therefore be the perfect match for her, although his constant feelings of guilt were a tad overdone, and made him seem a little too wimpy for my tastes.
The reason for his guilt was cleverly done. Not ad enough to condemn him to modern readers, but bad enough to put him beyond the pale in his own time, especially when we learn what his family thinks of that particular vice.
As usual, Ms Lee’s writing flowed beautifully, her dialogue was natural, her descriptions apposite, and the attention to detail suggests a great deal of research.
I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good read with an authentic period feel.