A Wedding By Dawn

A Wedding By Dawn

by Alison DeLaine
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AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
This is the third Alison DeLaine story I’ve read and she has quickly become a must-read author. Her books are set in the Georgian era, a bit earlier than my usual Regency fare and she really gives a vivid portrait of the period, with its descriptions of elaborate fashions as well as the primitive living and travel conditions aboard ship. But what really makes her stories stand out are the powerful and strong heroines she creates. In a time when women were viewed as weak and inconsequential, Lady India Sinclair is a headstrong young woman determined to live her life on her own terms, unruled by any man. India endured shameful abuse as a child from her father because of an embarrassing difficulty and she fears that any husband will do the same; a natural conclusion since women in marriage during this time had virtually no rights. Both India and Nicholas hide humiliating secrets that could ruin them socially and make them vulnerable; they also fear the other finding out because they care. When they each realize this, they learn that no one is perfect and that they love each other despite these problems. Nicholas Warre, brother to James from A Gentleman ‘Til Midnight is desperate to save his beloved childhood estate, Taggart, and settle his exorbitant debts. So when Lord Cantwell offers Nicholas fifty thousand pounds to find, capture, and marry his wild and reckless daughter, Lady India, he leaps at the opportunity.  There is a nice balance of humor in spite of the overall serious nature of the plot. Nicholas suffers from mal de mer, something the brave and seafaring India finds ridiculous and weak. But she also feels a little sorry for him. And the mutual seduction games both India and Nicholas play (including scenes at the portrait sitting and the fitting at the modiste) kept this reader smiling. “He would think of Taggart, of the money and he would leave her burning and begging for more.” (p130) India dearly loves her good friend Millie, whose story follows in the next book. When Nicholas sees her despair over Millie’s fate in one shocking scene, his heart breaks for her in anguish. With this turn of events, he feels protective of India, despite the fact that she drives him crazy. “He wanted to be her protector.  The one she ran to when she was afraid.” (p228) When India discovers Nicholas’ secret, her first thought is to use it against him. But she finds, after getting to know him, that she cannot. In this way, we see India grow and mature from an impetuous and desperate young girl into a compassionate woman. “…she’d glimpsed the shame and horror she knew he hadn’t meant for her to see, and suddenly he’d seemed so much more…human.” (p231) Alison DeLaine writes exciting stories of adventure and drama and her protagonists burn with palpable sexual tension that makes for an engrossing and entertaining story. This book is not part of an acknowledged series but I’d recommend reading  these connected books in published order: A Gentleman ‘Til Midnight, A Wedding By Dawn, and A Promise by Daylight.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
A pleasant surprise. I was a bit wary going into this book because I've previously read a book by this author that I really didn't like, but I decided to give it a chance. And, I'm glad I did! A Wedding by Dawn was a lovely historical romance. I really liked this book. It wasn't perfect, but it was a wonderful read. India was a good heroine. She was strong and determined to live life on her own terms. Unfortunately, she was also very foolhardy, frustratingly stubborn, and frequently did things without realizing the consequences of her actions. It got better over the course of the book and her stubbornness became a much more admirable resilience. By the end of the book, I quite liked her. Nicholas was also good, though, like with India, I had some issues with him. On one hand, he could be sweet and was very determined and loyal to his family. He would do anything to save his estate so that he could take care of both his childhood home and his family. Even if it meant doing something that grated on his conscience. Because, despite his desperate actions, Nicholas was a good man at heart. On the other hand, he could really be an ass sometimes. To the point where I wanted to hit him. It kept me from really liking him, but, overall, I was okay with him. The romance was good. It developed in an interesting way, with India and Nicholas being so opposed to each other. It went from lust, to both realizing that the other wasn't so bad, to-very slowly-falling in love. I think that it couldn't have worked any other way and, consequently, it was well done. And the chemistry between them was sizzling, right from the start. Whether they were fighting or...otherwise, the sparks were constantly flying. I thought they were a great couple. The plot was fast paced and I was kept interested the entire way through. There were tons of thrills and excitement from the tug of war that India and Nicholas played. I enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely. A Wedding by Dawn was a lovely historical romance. It wasn't perfect, but I did like it. From the thrills, to the romance, it was a great read. Romance lovers, you might want to check this book out. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review