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Book Review: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Marry by Elizabeth Essex


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This was a really sweet read with an inspiring heroine and a poetry-loving hero who find love with each other in spite of the odds against them. I loved the backstory of letters and the way the author described the countryside. I had no problem picturing each scene and becoming absorbed in the lives of the characters. This is definitely a book to read more than once, as I'm sure I missed things as I was speeding my way through the story. Ewan Cameron, the Duke of Crieff, and Lady Greer Douglas have been engaged for twelve years. Paired together as children, sight unseen, they have been exchanging letters constantly, getting to know their likes and dislikes, their accomplishments and their failures. They find it easy to fall in love with each other, so when the time comes to wed, they are eager to begin their lives as man and wife. When Greer arrives at Ewan's home in her wedding finery, she discovers that not only will there be no wedding but there is also no Ewan. Not anymore. He has died and now Greer is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart. She finds solace in helping a young man found on the side of the road, who can't remember who he is, and as the mystery surrounding Ewan's death becomes clearer, the identity of the young man does as well. I was immediately intrigued by the idea of two people who fall in love through letters - how much more romantic does it get? Apparently, Elizabeth Essex found a way. As you can guess, Ewan lost his memory, and while he doesn't know Greer, she eventually determines that the young man with no memory is Ewan. They fall in love all over again, and it's just the cutest thing I have read in a long time. I loved how Ewan was so kind and gentle towards Greer, and her generosity of spirit comes out quite frequently in the story. While it did get frustrating later on when Ewan starts to remember everything and everyone *but* Greer, I was confident that their love was stronger than that. It was a very uplifting story of loss and hope, and I really enjoyed it from beginning to end. Elizabeth Essex is a brilliant writer, able to come up with unique stories and characters that I will remember for a long time. I am always eager to read her books, and I can't wait to read her next story. **I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**

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