The Husband Plot

A Marriage of Convenience

Romance - Historical
318 Pages
Reviewed on 08/19/2021
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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite

The Husband Plot: A Marriage of Convenience is a historical romance by Katherine Grant. Lisbeth Dawes marries Adrian Hathorne to end gossip after being jilted at the altar. Adrian, on the other hand, needs a wife to inherit his father’s Jamaican estate. He’s aware of aristocrats, like Lord Everley, who shun him for having a mixed parentage, so he keeps a low profile to carry out his secret mission. Lisbeth is unaware of this because Adrian believes her strong liberal ideas, impulsiveness, and straightforward manner could ruin his plan. Although there is an attraction between the couple, the marriage wasn’t consummated. Adrian’s cousin, Robert, offers him romance tips, but Adrian wonders if it’s worth seducing Lisbeth because he intends to return to Jamaica without a wife.

The Husband Plot is not focused solely on romance. How frustrated Lisbeth and her sister-in-law must have felt in an era where women’s opinions on politics and other worthy social issues were restricted! Lady Gresham was another admirable and influential character as she was unafraid to speak about women’s rights. Katherine Grant’s central theme involves all aspects of colonial slavery and thriving sugar plantations in Jamaica. Her historical references are duly noted, and it’s one of the reasons I found it quite interesting to read. I’m also Jamaican and thought the author did her research well. She addressed the social and racial tensions that many persons of mixed parentage faced in that particular era. What life was like in an upper-class society that had so many formalities was also evident. As for the main characters, Lisbeth and Adrian were very likable, and I found their romance amusing and entertaining. The Husband Plot: A Marriage of Convenience is a lovely historical romance.