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Feature book: When You Wish Upon a Rogue

28 October 2020

When You Wish Upon a Rogue by Anna Bennett

Subgenre: historical romance
Release date: 26 May 2020
Publisher: St Martin’s Paperbacks
Format: ebook and print
Length: 312 pages
RRP: $8.32 (ebook); $18.75 (print)

It is all about giving women some power within the relationship in Regency London. This underground group provides frank talk about men, and sex, in a time when women didn’t really discuss these matters. Sophie Kendall is the last remaining member of the trio to find her HEA. But she does.

The Debutante Revenge, which appears in the London Heresay was a way in which the debutants could hear about what happens in marriage from real women and not the glossed over information usually given to the young girls.

Sophie Kendall is the current chair for the group who meet weekly. She needs to find another place for her group to meet and while looking at a nearby tailor shop runs into the owner. Sophie is talking with Mr Peabody, or that is who she thinks he is, about renting the space. As it also turns out Sophie’s family really, really need her to marry so that the family’s fortune can be restored (read: the titled husband will pay off the debts of the gambling father).

Henry Reese, Earl of Warshire, is new into the title. So new to the title, he was on the battlefield when he learned the news of his brother’s death. Reese has nightmares of the battles, the men he left behind and the loss of his brother, and this affects his sleep. These days we would say he has PTSD. He is not a candidate for Sophie’s hand as his family coffers has no money.

Sophie is able to do something no one else has achieved, allowed Henry Reese to sleep well the entire night. Sophie leaves the all-important tea leaves with him, but he is unable to recreate the tea and spends the next week making tea and looking for her. We can all see where this is leading. Sophie is the only one who can achieve a peaceful sleep for him.

Reese invites Sophie to his manor so she can help him get the peace and sleep he needs. Sophie is also in awe of his gardens and helps him to make the gardens as great as they once were. Sophie and Reese woo and court each other in a rather sweet way. Then when her betrothal is almost final, they consummate their love. This is about unrequited love, until they can marry and find their HEA.

I really liked this story. The wounded soldier and the woman who must marry well to pay off the father’s debts. The sweet way in which they wooed each other and then parting, only to be together.

reviewed by Heather

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

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