Emotional circumstances at the very start of A MOMENTARY MARRIAGE grab your attention, and the enthrallment only intensifies with each new compelling development. The story takes place in England during the 1880’s, where a woman on her own without any foreseeable funds can face a grim future. When a medical condition leaves a man feeling hopeless, he and a desperate woman find themselves married to each other because it is logical. There are definitely no emotions involved, and they really do not even like one another. But as their true natures are gradually revealed and unanticipated events arise, the hero and heroine of the story come to comprehend there just might be more to their relationship than either ever imagined existing. A MOMENTARY MARRIAGE is an entertainingly original and believable novel written by Candace Camp.
When Sir James de Vere realized there was a very good chance of him dying, he knew exactly where he wants to live while waiting on the unavoidable. Grace Hill is his country estate and being away from his insufferable family will also give him some peace. Since no one in London seems able to do anything for him, James is advised to see Dr. Hinsdale in Canterbury before going home. But upon reaching the house where the doctor lives, he is informed by the man’s daughter that he has died.
The death of her father has caused Laura Hinsdale must heartache, especially since there is not enough money to pay all the debts. When James shows up, she is shocked to see the man with whom she once had an unpleasant conversation related to his cousin. Though he leaves after hearing her father has passed away, he returns the next day with a proposal of marriage. He would rather she inherit much of his wealth than family members for whom he has no respect. While there will never be any emotional connection between James and Laura, they come to an agreement for practical reasons.
A wide range of emotions are expressed in A MOMENTARY MARRIAGE, where the reactions of characters are always realistic. Lighthearted moments are conveyed with lots of clever banter, and the sharp-witted comments of James and Laura demonstrated they have a dry sense of humor. I chuckled often throughout the story, as the playfulness of their responses was often very unexpected. There are certainly several instances that pertain to his being ill that are very serious, and I was truly worried on more than one occasion. Ms. Camp could have me feeling anxious during one situation, and then being overjoyed when something positive happened. The relationship between James and Laura is convincing, as it changes from indifference to where feelings are surprisingly becoming entangled in what will ultimately occur.
There is an unforeseen turn in the story, one which leads to plenty of family drama and even some very suspenseful episodes. Ms. Camp has concocted a particularly intriguing mystery in the lives of James and Laura, and the unpredicted incidents that keep cropping up kept me from finding a place to stop reading. Numerous secondary characters added much interest to the scenes in which they are featured, and there is even a delightful dog whose antics made me smile. I have read books by Candace Camp for years, and A MOMENTARY MARRIAGE is another keeper.
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Publisher: Pocket Books
Releases: June 25, 2017
Author website: http://www.candace-camp.com/
Rating: 4 Stars