The Roxtons are back! Romance. Drama. Intrigue. Family secrets. There’s never a dull moment for the 18th Century’s first family…
Roxton Family Saga Book 4: Mary and Christopher’s Happily Ever After
1770s Gloustershire and Hampshire.
Widowed and destitute, Lady Mary Cavendish is left with only her pride. Daughter of an earl and great-granddaughter to a Stuart King, expectations demand she remarry. But not just any man will do; her husband must rank among the nobility. As always, Mary will do her duty and ignore her heart.
Country squire Christopher Bryce has secretly loved his neighbor Mary for many years. Yet, he is resigned to the cruel reality they are not social equals and thus can never share a future together. Never mind that his scandalous past and a heartbreaking secret make him thoroughly unworthy of such a proud beauty.
But with the help of a family ghost, and the never ordinary members of the Roxton family, Mary and Christopher realize that a happily ever after might just be possible.
Fans of the series will delight in being reacquainted with the fascinating, always surprising, and never ordinary members of the Roxton family.
Readers’ Favorite Silver Medalist, and B.R.A.G. Medallion honoree.
Character-driven romantic adventure
Non explicit (mild sensuality)
Story length 152,000 words (not including bonus material)
The Roxton Family comes to life in audiobook, featuring the irresistible "smooth as melted chocolate" voice of award-winning, RADA-trained British actor Alex Wyndham
“Once again, I was totally captivated. Another superb book to add to an equally superb series. If you have not yet read this series, then you have many hours of wonderful storytelling to look forward to…” —Carol Cork Rakes And Rascals HIGHLY RECOMMENDED STELLAR 5 STARS
“While PROUD MARY can be read as a standalone, there is much more pleasure to be had by reading the series in order and learning to know and love this family as much as I and many other readers have. Each book has been a joy to read, and I cannot recommend them highly enough.” —Lady Wesley Romantic Historical Reviews, Rated 5 STARS
“I never pass up anything written by Lucinda Brant and having loved each and every previous book in the Roxton Family Saga it was inevitable that PROUD MARY wind up on my must read list. PROUD MARY is a love story of unrequited and unacceptable love and passion. But if we’ve learned anything in the previous Roxton Family tales love has a way of conquering all stereotypes and norms. And so PROUD MARY, a true Georgian historical romance, carries on a proud tradition of endearing and engaging works of art by Lucinda Brant.”—SWurman, Night Owl Reviews 5 STARS TOP PICK
Many readers enjoy Lucinda Brant's books as part of a wider series since her characters inhabit the same meticulously-researched 18th Century world with people and events cross-referenced throughout. Should you wish to read each series in chronological order, here is the sequence:
Roxton Family Saga
1740s NOBLE SATYR (Renard and Antonia)
1760s MIDNIGHT MARRIAGE (Julian and Deb)
1770s AUTUMN DUCHESS (Antonia and Jonathon)
1770s DAIR DEVIL (Dair and Rory)
1770s PROUD MARY (Mary and Christopher)
1780s SATYR’S SON (Henri-Antoine and Lisa)
Salt Hendon Series
1763 SALT BRIDE (Magnus and Jane)
1767 SALT REDUX (Antony and Caroline)
SALT HENDON COLLECTION — boxed set with bonus novella SALT ANGEL
Alec Halsey Mysteries
Spring 1763 DEADLY ENGAGEMENT (Country house murder and mayhem)
Autumn 1763 DEADLY AFFAIR (A poisoned vicar and the mysterious Miranda)
Winter 1763 DEADLY PERIL (Bloody intrigue abroad)
Summer 1764 DEADLY KIN (Evil lurks in Edinburgh) In progress
About the Author
LUCINDA BRANT is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Georgian historical romances & mysteries. Her award-winning novels have variously been described as from 'the Golden Age of romance with a modern voice', and 'heart wrenching drama with a happily ever after'. Lucinda lives most days in the 18th Century (heaven!) and is addicted to Pinterest. Come join her in her 18th Century world: http://www.pinterest.com/lucindabrant/
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
One thing Lucinda Brant does particularly well in The Roxton Family Saga, a perennial favorite of mine, is tugging at the strings of stories left hanging to be woven into later books. So, in this case, we get to know Lady Mary Cavendish, whom we have met ever-so-briefly in prior books: the ill-used wife of the obnoxious Gerald Cavendish. Now, however, Mary is a sensible widow in reduced circumstances, ready to do her duty by the Roxtons and her daughter, Teddy, marrying well to meet the demands of her family’s position. Both Mary and her hero, country squire Christopher Bryce, are a healthy distance from the loftiest heights of the Roxton inner circle (as far away as Antonia ever allows any family member), and provide an earthy, almost-but-not-quite populist balance to earlier books (and, one hopes, new, more rigorous blood—and political philosophy—to the family tree). Mary is the most practical and pragmatic of Brant’s heroines thus far, and Christopher is almost too steady and comfortable to be a hero in a sweeping romantic novel, with an unremitting sense of duty similar to the Duke of Roxton. The Roxton series is exceptionally good at showcasing the extravagant, over-the-top surroundings of a families of enormous wealth and aristocratic breeding. While characters do appear who are of more limited means or lesser class status (not usually both), the overwhelming majority of characters and settings highlight and glorify the opulence of the Georgian period. In this book, however, we are given a heroine who is of noble blood, but gentry spirit, and a hero with some money, but limited status. As important as meeting the heroine of this book, we meet her daughter Teddy, whom we have also seen in brief flashes in prior books, but who has intrigued from her first appearance. She is central to her mother’s life, and so must be central to the reader’s attentions. The contrast between the irrepressible, headstrong Teddy and [all but one of] the other children in Brant’s books has always been especially marked, even if brief. Brant includes children—one cannot populate a multi-generational family saga without them. However, with two notable exceptions (I made a prediction months ago about them, which I shall reveal in due course), they are loved deeply by the central characters in the books, but to some degree sidelined in the narrative. This is, in part, the nature of children who have less life experience to draw from; in part, the “arms’ length” Georgian child-rearing system; and in part, the authorial privilege of backgrounding different parts of the story. But because of this shunting aside, when the compelling and arresting Teddy—who will never, ever allow herself to be shunted anywhere—walks onto the stage in Proud Mary, she is in full-color, larger than life. When she is in the proscenium, you will not be able to look away. While Mary dithers, and Christopher quietly and competently ensures the safety of her family, each of these characters must come to terms in their own way with the fact that Christopher provides a sort of security to Mary and Teddy that cannot be bestowed by a title or instilled by great wealth.
We are proud to announce that PROUD MARY by Lucinda Brant is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite Proud Mary: A Georgian Historical Romance by Lucinda Brant is the fifth book in the Roxton Family Saga, a historical romance that is every bit as dramatic as it is entertaining. This is a story that will transport the reader into the exciting world of the nobility and the traditions that have existed through time and history. Lady Mary Cavendish is a widow and she is penniless, a woman of noble birth — daughter of an earl and great-granddaughter to a Stuart king — and she has nothing but her pride and beauty to live for. While pressure increases for her to remarry, she doesn’t seem to give it much thought. But then country squire Christopher Bryce, her neighbor, has loved her silently for so long. Can he be any match for her, in spite of their class differences? Will Mary do what her heart tells her or follow the whims of tradition? This is a historical romance that features family intrigue, dark secrets, love and romance, and a conflict that will have readers hooked from the beginning to the very end of the story. Although this is the fifth book in this family saga, it is the first I have read and it reads so well as a standalone story. It was a fun read for a number of reasons. First, the language is impeccable and it captures the soul and spirit of the historical setting beautifully. Lucinda Brant has a unique phraseology that will thrill readers. Second, the characters are wonderfully imagined and they are easy to connect with; they are well-developed and exciting. It was fun exploring the inner workings of their hearts. Third, the conflict is masterfully developed so that it holds the plot together and makes it a really fast read. Proud Mary: A Georgian Historical Romance had me mesmerized and enmeshed in the read until I was done. I fell in love with the characters.