Lady Flees Her Lord

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Overview

She's desperate for peace and safety...
Lucinda, Lady Denbigh, is running from a husband who physically and emotionally abuses her because she is unfashionably plump and has failed to produce an heir. Posing as a widow, she seeks refuge in the quiet countryside...

He's returned from the wars, wounded and tormented...
Lord Hugo Wanstead, with a wound that won't heal, and his mother's and Spanish wife's deaths ...

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Overview

She's desperate for peace and safety...
Lucinda, Lady Denbigh, is running from a husband who physically and emotionally abuses her because she is unfashionably plump and has failed to produce an heir. Posing as a widow, she seeks refuge in the quiet countryside...

He's returned from the wars, wounded and tormented...
Lord Hugo Wanstead, with a wound that won't heal, and his mother's and Spanish wife's deaths on his conscience, finds his estate impoverished, his sleep torn by nightmares, and brandy his only solace. When he meets Lucinda, he finds her beautiful - body and soul - and thinks she just might give him something to live for ...

Together they can begin to heal, but not until she is free from her violent past...

PRAISE FOR MICHELE ANN YOUNG'S NO REGRETS

"... dark heroes, courageous heroines, intrigue, heartbreak, and heaps of sexual tension.
Do not miss this fabulous new author."
—Molly O'Keefe, Harlequin Superromance

"Readers will never want to put her book down!" —Bronwyn Scott, author of Pickpocket Countess

"... the suspense and sexual tension accelerate throughout." —Romance Reviews Today

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Editorial Reviews

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"The Lady Flees Her Lord is a wonderful story featuring characters that I grew to care about... The Lady Flees Her Lord is a touching historical romance that I highly recommend. " - Jennifer's Random Musings

"This is a wonderful book. Beautiful historical background with two characters who just are not perfect. It makes the story so much more real when you can relate to them. I look forward to reading more from this author." - Armchair Interviews

"This is a wonderful book. Beautiful historical background with two characters who just are not perfect. It makes the story so much more real when you can relate to them. Highly recommend, and I look forward to reading more from this author." - Wendy's Minding Spot

"This is my very first Michele Ann Young book and it won't be my last. (I have No Regrets in my TBR Pile). Michele writes a very satisfying book." - The Book Binge

"Lush and loving, heart wrenchingly beautiful, one could only hope to have a Lord Hugo Wanstead to desire us so truly and deeply. " - Yankee Romance Reviews

"The best part of the book was Lucinda... The Lady Flees Her Lord was an enjoyable read..." - All About Romance

"The author has written a really great story and has captured Regency England, both London and the countryside extremely well. The characters are real with virtues and flaws and the subplot of the vicar's romance with the squire's daughter is very good. " - Coffee Time Romance

"The story is filled with vivid descriptions that draw you in, and the secondary characters are delightful, adding warmth and heart, and quite a few chuckles. We should all be so lucky to be surrounded by such loving, non- judgmental souls. This book is a real treat!" - Fresh Fiction

"The Lady Flees Her Lord is an engaging Regency romance that lovers of the genre will find hard to resist." - Book Loons

"I enjoyed Ms. Young's writing. It flowed well and sucked me in from page one. " - Reading Romance Books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402213991
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 449,876
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Born and educated in England, Michèle Ann Young loved history growing up, and as a voracious reader of historical novels, she became fascinated with the Regency era. With all the glamour and glitz of high society, the age is modern enough to be familiar some two hundred years later. She loves bringing the time period to life with her stories of women facing the same issues that women face today.

From England she moved to Canada, where she now lives and writes in Richmond Hill, Ontario, with her husband and two beautiful daughters and their adopted Maltese terrier, Teaser. Each summer, Michèle returns to England to visit family and to research her next novel.

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Excerpt from Chapter One: London, April 1811

Blissful silence.
Lucinda Palgrave, Countess of Denbigh, lifted her ear from the cool wood of her husband's adjoining chamber door. She wanted to laugh out loud. To twirl. To yell, 'No Denbigh!' A delightful evening free of his presence stretched ahead. It was a giddy sensation, like drinking too much champagne. And utterly inappropriate. Fingers pressed to her lips, she glided out of her bedroom and into the hallway.

A figure in black loomed in front of her.
She gasped, a hand at her throat, her heart pounding wildly. Dash it all. Why did the butler always creep up on her? The supercilious beast ought to care more for life and limb, since according to Denbigh, a mere bump from her hip would knock a man flat. Oh, for the courage to try.

"Yes, Galloway?" To her chagrin, her voice sounded more like a frightened scullery maid than the mistress of her own establishment.

The butler smirked. "Tea awaits you in the drawing room, my lady. As does his lordship." The lightness dissipated in a sickening rush. She swallowed the sour taste of disappointment tinged with the acid of fear. "Thank you, Galloway. Please have two places set for dinner."

The butler's smirk broadened. "His lordship does not intend to dine at home, my lady." Relief dulled her irritation at the man's triumphant expression. "Very well. That will be all, thank you." She skirted around him. He gave as much ground as he might for a scullery maid.

Anger spread out from her chest in hot slow waves. She damped it down. One of these days, she really would speak to Galloway about his insolence. She rubbed her collarbone through the fabric of her gown. But not now. Not while Denbigh waited.

She pattered along the hall, the jewel-toned runner seeming to taunt her with its brightness. With one hot, damp palm on the smooth balustrade, she sped down the curving oak staircase to the first floor of their Mayfair townhouse. Hurry, her heartbeat goaded. He hated when she was late. Not too fast, she reminded herself. He despised her when she appeared all hot and flustered. Dammit. He hated whatever she did.

In the hallway, she confronted the white drawing-room door. Smoothing her ivory skirts, she stole a moment to hide her rapid heartbeat behind a calm demeanor and to suck in her stomach. Slowly, she eased open the door. The tall windows at the west end of the room cast bars of light across the cream-colored carpet, yet the blue walls and white paint gave the room a chilly feel.

Brandy in hand and not a blond hair out of place, her husband, the Earl of Denbigh, slouched on the royal-blue velvet sofa beside the marble hearth. Slender legs crossed at the ankles, he acknowledged her entrance with a sulky grimace that ruined his Apollolike handsomeness. Had she really once thought his brooding expression romantic? She lowered her lashes to hide the disloyal thought.

"Good afternoon, Denbigh," she murmured.
"For God's sake, stop hovering and sit down."
She scurried to the chair behind the tea tray and perched on its edge.

He stared at her over the rim of his glass. "Where the hell were you?"
Despite the mild tone, her pulse jumped. She eyed the brandy in his half-full glass. The worst of his rants happened after the third refill. At the moment his eyes seemed clear, his words crisp. She offered a smile. "I was dressing for dinner."

The disparaging glance he ran over her person chilled her to the bone. "I can't think why you bother." A flare of something hot ignited inside her and burnt its way up to her tongue. Only by clenching her jaw did she prevent its eruption in angry words. She inhaled slowly. "I didn't expect you this afternoon." She gestured to the tray. "Can I offer you a dish of bohea?"

As his gaze shifted to the tray, she winced. The chef had outdone himself today. Not only did the tiered cake dish contain her favorite lemon tarts, but he'd included several slices of iced fruitcake and a selection of marchpane fancies. She swallowed.

Denbigh must have caught the involuntary motion, because his lip curled in distaste. "Dear God, are you planning to gobble down the whole lot?"
"No, I-"
"There is no one else here to eat it."
"But I-"
"What happened to the regimen of water biscuits and vinegar the doctor suggested? How can it help your figure, if you are too greedy to try it for less than a week?" He gave a derisive snort. "A cow like you would need months to see any improvement."

"I felt unwell." The diet made her feel weak and, worst of all, seemed to make her crave sweet things more than usual. "If you dislike the way I look so much, why did you marry me?"

His eyes narrowed, the pout becoming more pronounced. "You were supposed to be the answer to my money problems, not eat me out of house and home."

A rush of heat scorched her cheeks. Shame mixed with fury in a volcanic blend and words spilled forth like lava. "The settlement my father provides is more than enough for a comfortable life." From the way his nostrils flared, she'd gone too far, but with financial ruin staring them in the face, she had to make him see sense. "If we invested some of it-"

"Enough. I am a gentleman not some money grubbing cit."

Her stomach plummeted at the note of finality in his voice. Blindly, she reached for a delicate lemon-filled pastry.

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  • Posted December 28, 2008

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    The Lady Flees Her Lord by Michele Ann Young

    Reviewed for queuemyreview.com; book release Oct08<BR/><BR/> ¿The Lady Flees Her Lord¿ is my second read by Michele Ann Young, and a very satisfying read it was. Young¿s historicals have all too human characters with flaws who are placed in situations that require difficult choices. These books aren¿t light, fluffy reads. But they are books that will draw you into the lives of their characters and have you encouraging and cheering for them as they make their way to happiness.<BR/><BR/>Lucinda had no choice but to run away. When her husband offered her to one of his dissolute friends, Lucinda knew she couldn¿t stay. Her only hope is to disappear to a quiet country town far away from London. While on the run, she is duped into watching a child whose mother then runs off. It doesn¿t take Lucinda long to realize she finally has what she¿s always wanted¿a child and freedom. But Lucinda¿s husband isn¿t about to let his golden goose get away, without her presence, Lucinda¿s father has cut off his allowance. He¿s sure it¿s only a matter of time before he finds her and then he¿ll make her sorry she ran!<BR/><BR/>Hugo returned to his family estate from the war wounded both mentally and physically. His huge body almost killed his mother at birth, and ended up killing his wife when she tried to bear his monstrous young. So¿no wife, ever, for Hugo. Instead he¿ll concentrate on rebuilding his estate as his father let it go to wrack and ruin. When he runs into a child and the beautiful statuesque widow who is her mother, he¿s immediately attracted. As they spend time together, he begins to have feelings for this wonderful woman who isn¿t afraid of his size or his temper. But how will Hugo feel when her legal husband comes calling?<BR/><BR/>When I read books like this, I always silently thank God that we no longer live in a time where a husband could treat his wife like chattel and the wife had no recourse. Young does a good job of depicting the lack of choices for Lucinda without dragging the reader into depression. Likewise, Hugo¿s character has his own demons to live with and reacts just a child raised in those conditions would. Their time and their world is much different than ours and Young¿s descriptions and plotting make that clear.<BR/><BR/>I enjoyed the growing and development of both the relationship and each character during the course of the story. There was even a bit of a mystery that became clear as the author dropped hints at strategic places in the tale. Michele Ann Young caught and held my attention throughout ¿The Lady Flees Her Lord¿. Her novel has passion, mystery, action, and a happily ever after set against the backdrop of Regency England¿s tonnish escapades. I¿ll be watching and waiting for her next release.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2008

    A Delectable Regency

    The Lady Flees Her Lord by Michele Ann Young is a story of how desperation and fear can make a woman do the unthinkable. How ridicule and abuse can cost you more than you would ever think of. A story of long ago times when women were nothing but bought property meant only for breeding purposes and to raise a man's status in life. The more beautiful the woman, the more cocky the man. Lady Lucinda Denbigh is sweet, kind, good hearted and lovely. She is stifled, ridiculed and abused because she does not fit the picture of the status quo woman of the times. Lucinda is desperate but does she have the courage to follow through with her thoughts? Will she take a chance on a venture that could very well be the death of her if she is caught? Lord Hugo Wanstead is a handsome and kind behemoth of a man that has seen his share of war and suffers still from its affects. Suffering physically by day from a wound that could prove deadly and emotionally by night by visions in nightmares beyond horrific, Hugo comes home to take his rightful place as Lord of his late fathers estate only to find that it also suffers. Lord Denbigh is a petite man with a voracious appetite for gambling, short on temper and long on lacking any human morals. He is a belligerent, abusive, possessive cad with an excessive drinking problem and even worse money problems. Will he realize before it is too late that his darling wife has more balls than he does? Our story is made up of all the riches of the Regency Period of time. From the lush but poor country life to the exciting but ugly London lifestyle we see the best and the worst of both. We are reminded of times gone by when horses were more valuable than women and even dogs were given more respect. How far we have really come in our fight for rights and equality. Lucinda makes her escape from her brute of a husband by the skin of her teeth. A wraith of a child is thrust upon her while she flees for the countryside and it's possibilities of safety. Realizing that Lord Denbigh will be looking for a lone, somewhat plump woman, Lucinda breathes a sigh of relief with her new identity. Little does she realize that though she is physically safe for the time being from her horrific past, her heart is in frightful danger from a wonderfully warm, charming, handsome bear of a man in her future. Our author has given us a little slice of Heaven molded from a minuscule slice of Hell. Our emotions are played like a violin with endearing words, breath taking scenes and a virtuous sense of right and wrong. The authors writing style is highly comparable with Jane Austin but with more of today's romance mentality. Lush and loving, heart wrenching beautiful, one could only hope to have a Lord Hugo Wanstead to desire us so truly and deeply.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    Ok story

    I was bored for about 70% of the time.

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