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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Proud Mary: A Georgian Historical Romance by Lucinda Brant is the fifth book in the Roxton Family Saga, a historical romance that is every bit as dramatic as it is entertaining. This is a story that will transport the reader into the exciting world of the nobility and the traditions that have existed through time and history. Lady Mary Cavendish is a widow and she is penniless, a woman of noble birth — daughter of an earl and great-granddaughter to a Stuart king — and she has nothing but her pride and beauty to live for. While pressure increases for her to remarry, she doesn’t seem to give it much thought. But then country squire Christopher Bryce, her neighbor, has loved her silently for so long. Can he be any match for her, in spite of their class differences? Will Mary do what her heart tells her or follow the whims of tradition?
This is a historical romance that features family intrigue, dark secrets, love and romance, and a conflict that will have readers hooked from the beginning to the very end of the story. Although this is the fifth book in this family saga, it is the first I have read and it reads so well as a standalone story. It was a fun read for a number of reasons. First, the language is impeccable and it captures the soul and spirit of the historical setting beautifully. Lucinda Brant has a unique phraseology that will thrill readers. Second, the characters are wonderfully imagined and they are easy to connect with; they are well-developed and exciting. It was fun exploring the inner workings of their hearts. Third, the conflict is masterfully developed so that it holds the plot together and makes it a really fast read. Proud Mary: A Georgian Historical Romance had me mesmerized and enmeshed in the read until I was done. I fell in love with the characters.