For the first time in a thousand years, the men in Noll's village possess the freedom to love whom they will. In order to give each man the chance to fully explore his feelings, the lord of the village decrees all marriages null and void until both spouses declare their love for one another and their desire to wed again. What many women think will be a simple matter becomes a source of village-wide tension as most men decide to leave their families and responsibilities behind.
Rejected by the lord and ashamed of her part in the village's history, Noll withdraws from her family and lives life as an independent woodcarver. This changes when her sister accuses her of hiding her former husband Jurij from her-and when Jurij eventually does ask to move in. Determined not to make the same mistakes, Noll decides to support her male friends through their new emotional experiences, but she's soon caught up in a darker plot than she ever dared imagine possible from the men she thought she knew so well. And the lord for whom she still has feelings may be hiding the most frightening truth of them all.
Sequel to Nobody's Goddess, winner of The Romance Reviews' Summer 2016 Readers' Choice Award in Young Adult Romance.
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this eBook in exchange for an honest review. Finally, I got a chance to read NOBODY'S LADY, the sequel to Amy McNulty's NOBODY'S GODDESS. It was amazing, as I expected it would be. I can say I loved it even more than book one!! In NOBODY'S LADY, Noll has to deal with a town of free men. To make matters worse, Aillil has decreed all marriages void, unless both parties ask to be married again. This allows a number of men to walk away from their marriage duties, which of course, leads them to spend more time at the local pub gallivanting. But what I loved was the realization that these men, who had never been able to think for themselves once they found their goddesses, now struggled to think for themselves in freedom. At first I thought, what a bunch of lazy bums, when really they were struggling to find purpose. But when they decide to go after Aillil and find out how he knows the villagers comings and goings, it results in more questions, and reignites the spark of romance between Noll and Aillil, as she realizes she truly does love him...but is it too late?
In the second installment of the Never Veil series, Noll has changed. She is no longer the same person she was, she feels a lot of remorse over her sister Elfriedge and Jurij. It is clear she still loves Jurij and now that the men are all "divorced" and free to choose the REAL loves of their lives it changes things. Noll has been in love with her sisters chosen one and husband Jurij forever and she knows that Elfriede never has and never will love Jurij the way Noll can. I was so saddened in the first book because I wanted SO badly for things to be different and for Jurij to turn his back on all of the tenets of society and marry Noll. So I started this book with high expectations that perhaps it would now finally happen. I won't give away the plot but I truly love the characters - especially Noll, Elfriede and Jurij because they are so complex and you can see they have more feelings but are not allowed to show them due to the society they live in. The whole dystopian theme that the men will die if they reveal their face to their true love and the woman does not love them back is heartbreaking and it is also a type of theme I have never encountered before. In my opinion you can't help but love Noll because she does what she is supposed to do and tries so hard to overcome her feelings in this book. I would highly recommend this series for young adult, adult and dystopian readers as well as romance. Check out the Never Veil series today! ***I received a complimentary ebook in exchange for my honest review***