I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Trapped by the Altar by Jane Feather
Genres: Historical Romance, Romance
Published by Pocket on July 22nd, 2014
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Torn between a true love and family duty…
Ariadne "Ari" Carfax has never been one to play by the rules; she’s an heiress to the Carfax family, banished from London when Oliver Cromwell seized the throne from King Charles, who has since gained notoriety for pillaging, thieving, and ruling the Carfax Valley with an iron glove. All too soon, Ari finds herself in her family’s legendary vise, forced into a marriage to Ivor Chalfont, Ari’s childhood friend and confidante, against her wishes.
While the Carfax family has only its own interest at heart—a union between the Catholic Carfaxes and Protestant Chalfonts will guarantee the Carfaxes’ reinstatement at London court, and the rehabilitation of their noble name—Ari cannot bear the thought of being separated from her secret lover/poet, Gabriel. She vows to fight her family—and Ivor—every step of the way, even when forced into the marital ceremony at her own grandfather’s wake, in a treacherous coup de etat that leaves her wed to another, and eternally broken-hearted.
Sending Gabriel to the temporary safety of Lord Monmouth’s outpost at The Hague in Scotland, Ari resigns herself to her new life as Lady Ivor Chalfont—at least until the newlyweds travel to London, and she can escape her new husband and reunite with Gabriel. As the two make their preparations to travel, however, Ari finds herself entertaining entirely uncharacteristic thoughts about her new husband: she finds that she likes him as perhaps more than a friend, after all. Not wanting to be disloyal to Gabriel, but simultaneously more and more attracted to Ivor, Ari can’t help but give into the physical pull between her and her new husband, and the two embark on a tentative, post-marital courtship that just might hold the seeds of love…until, that is, Gabriel spots Ari in London and makes it his mission to get her back. Ari is caught between a lover who might be better left in the past, and a husband who she just might be able to love; who will win Ari’s heart?
First Thoughts: This one sounded really interesting but I just couldn’t get into it.
This one sounded interested when I decided to review it and at the beginning I liked it but then it gets bogged down with the traveling to London and I realized I wasn’t that interested in the characters.
The Daunts use to be part of Court but with a protestant king the Catholics were ran off and the Daunts became powerful thugs. They have always wanted their place back at Court so Ari’s grandfather betrothed her to her cousin Ivor who is from a protestant background. The two families hope that the young couple can go to London and rise up into Court.
The only problem with this idea is that Ari is in love with Gabriel a poet. She loves Ivor for a friend as they have grown up together but she never thought of his as a husband. She only agreed to be betrothed because she thought it would give her more time to convince her grandfather that she loved Gabriel. Then her grandfather dies and her uncle who knows about her dalliance decides to go ahead and rush things along and marry her to Ivor before she can even think of a way out.
Ari is sort of a spoiled brat and she is very mean-hearted to Ivor through the beginning of their marriage. I know that she didn’t want to be married to him but it’s not his fault. He didn’t have a lot of choice in the matter either, but the only difference for him is that he really does love Ari. She hates seeing him go to a whorehouse but she has no right to complain, she tells him she is in love with someone else when they are married. I just never really cared a lot for Ari even though she does start to behave a bit better in the middle of the book.
Ivor, is a sweet guy but he just never grabbed my attention. He puts up with Ari’s actions a little bit better than I would have if I was him. She is lucky she was married to Ivor because anyone else would have treated her a lot different. That being said I think because he was so sweet was the reason I didn’t really care for him. He let her get away with to many things, especially when they have a lot at stake.
Gabriel, well lets jut say I have no clue what she ever seen in that man. He was a real wimp and I was glad that she decided that their little trollop was just a childish love. Though Gabriel doesn’t take no very well.
Over all I just wasn’t in love with any of these characters and so this one just didn’t click for me. Historical romances are my favorites usually, but something was missing from this one and I just can’t put my finger on it. I have seen some reviews of those who really loved it and ones that didn’t so this one seems to be just a hit and miss with readers.