Wager for a Wife

Wager for a Wife

by Karen Tuft

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William Barlow’s life has been forever altered: his estranged father is dead, and William has inherited the title of Viscount Farleigh. Along with the title comes a neglected estate, an enormous amount of gambling debt, and one astounding acquisition that will turn William’s world upside down . . . It is her first London Season, and Lady Louisa Hargreaves could not be more pleased. She has attracted the attention of the Earl of Kerridge, and the two are on the cusp of an official betrothal. That is, until she learns of a generations-old family debt: her grandfather gambled her hand in marriage and lost, and now Louisa must pay the price. She will marry not the earl but a man she just met, who has taken her freedom in one fell swoop. Even as she struggles to understand the handsome and aloof man she is to wed, Louisa is irresistibly drawn to him—and he to her. But she soon realizes he is harboring secrets, and as her wedding day approaches, she must discover what her future husband is hiding before she makes the gravest mistake of her life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524407698
Publisher: Deseret Book Company
Publication date: 12/01/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 425,056
File size: 1 MB

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Wager for a Wife 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Windi 11 months ago
Delightfully, if surprisingly, entertaining. My first Karen Tuft book...….and I will read another. While Regency romance is not my usual genre, I do enjoy a well written one from time to time. Karen Tuft did just that. A few surprises here and there, entertaining dialogue.....well done! I was given a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. All Opinions Expressed are my own. Thank you to NetGalley, Karen Tuft, and Covenant Communications for this introduction into Karen Tuft's writing. Publication December 2018
ECD More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I have read by Mrs. Karen Tuft and I absolutely loved it. So much so that when I finished the epilogue, I did not want the story to end. The characters are so unique, remarkable, unpredictable and loving. I could not help but smile as I began reading. The fun and teasing of Lady Louisa's older brothers were a delight to read. Then when the newly installed Viscount Farleigh came back home, he was lovingly and warmly greeted by the staff. The staff were there when William was growing up and after his mother passed away, they became his family. They helped raise him despite his unscrupulous and abusive father. William returns after several years away to find a home devoid of wealth, furniture and prized belongings. His father had several mortgages on the estate and now the debts were Williams to pay. His solicitor found a transaction by the previous Viscount that had no legal legs but offered an opportunity to marry his way out of debt. An unusual situation presented itself. William and his solicitor thought long and hard about it. When William thought about all the people dependent on him, he realized he had no choice but to follow through. When he first laid eyes on the young debutante, Lady Louisa Hargreaves, he was taken by surprise and was immediately enamored of her. She is the daughter of a very powerful and wealthy marquess. If she agreed to marry William she would be stepping down in status. Louisa is a wondrous character. So open, so honest. You always knew where you stood and you always knew what she thought and felt. But she was always a lady. She was intelligent and was well versed on many topics in which to converse. William found that her chattering was adorable and would not change a thing about her. Louisa had already accepted a marriage proposal but because of her family honor, she broke it and agreed to marry William. I find story enticing when reading about what transpired between Louisa and William over a period of three weeks. William took a gamble that he would be able to woo Louisa into marrying him during that period and she would not feel forced or have any regrets. OH, MY GOODNESS you have to read this. It is so moving and heartfelt. I whole heartily recommend this book. I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Honorable William Barlow, age 24, became the fourth Viscount Farleigh when his father recently passed away. Now, he is traveling to Farleigh Manor to face what he knows will be huge debts left by his father. Lady Louisa Hargreaves, daughter of the Marquess of Ashworth, is preparing to attend the first ball of her first season. Judging by the number of floral arrangements delivered the next day, Louisa was a great success at the ball. She is surprised when one suitor, the Earl of Kerridge, and heir to a dukedom, proposes to her and she accepts. Before the betrothal can be announced, Viscount Farleigh and his solicitor arrive to inform Louisa’s family that he has a vowel saying that the daughter of the Marquess of Ashworth must wed Viscount Farleigh. The vowel had originated between their grandfathers. William fully expects to the thrown out, but realizes that Louisa and her family believe in honor and, thus, respecting the vowel. William wishes he didn’t have to resort to this, but his home and the people who depend on him need him to press forward with this. Louisa has a very large dowry that can help greatly with the debts run up by his father. Louisa agrees to marry him in three weeks time. Slowly they get to know one another and they both realize they are attracted to one another. However, Louisa wishes she didn’t have to do this. But when William with a young woman and two children, people and Louisa wonder what he could be hiding. This is a clean and wholesome novel which I enjoyed. With two older brothers, Louisa has been allowed to be a bit of a chatterbox and is very special to her brothers and parents. William’s childhood was sad as his father was distant and broke his mother’s heart leading to her early demise. William is an honorable man and wants to see his home and employees do well. I think readers will enjoy this story and the ups and downs that both the hero and heroine face. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.