Before She Became a Lady

Wareeze Woodson
Before She Became a Lady
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Heritage Quill
Release Date
July 2016
Historical Romance, Non-fiction

Laurel Collingsworth, seventeen and deeply in love, expects to marry her hero and live in wedded bliss forever after. Instead, with the ink barely dry on the marriage lines, Lord Robert Laningham is called away to Spain and the war. With a heavy heart, she sends her husband off with a kiss and a prayer for his safe return.
Now alone in her new role of Lady Laningham, she faces a series of terrifying events, shadowy intruders, missing jewelry, and mysterious footfalls in the night. Added to her alarms, she must fight her hostile sister-in-law for the reigns of her husband's establishment.
When Lord Robert Laningham returns, can she convince him danger stalks the halls of the ancient mansion? In his wounded state, will he listen, or must she protect her child, her recovering husband, and her household by herself?

Book Review by Gabrielle Sally (author,reviewer)
Nov 04, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
118 people found the following review helpful
BEFORE SHE BECAME A LADY by Wareeze Woodson is a tumultuous period piece that may leave you a bit tearful at times or possibly gnashing your teeth. When we meet Laurel, she's desperate to have her aunt approve of her marriage to a man she barely knows and considerably her senior. While her aunt would much rather she have her coming out, Laurel is content to wed and wed quickly before Robert heads off to war.

Whether his assumptions are one of cowardice or naiveté, when he leaves for war, Laurel is thrown to the lions. Coddled they may be, their claws come out when they realize that what they've grown to take advantage of may soon be gone.

Sadly, when Robert returns, he is a broken man and what is now clearly cowardice comes out in the form of verbal aggression toward his lovely wife (and child).

As readers, we easily take Laurel's side, for there could be no other, and our own dislike of Rhonda (Robert's twin), Robert himself, and a cast of characters grows. And yet through it all, Laurel maintains her loyalty and perseveres…to yes, there is, eventually, a happily ever after.

Likes: The emotional turmoil that Ms. Woodson creates helps drive the story throughout. The allies (couldn't expect Laurel to be completely alone, could you?) help keep the story moving and balances the otherwise dower aspects. The strength of Laurel's character as a person. Given that when the story opens, she's only seventeen, it's great to read how well she manages to hold her own against those with more experience.

Dislikes: For me at times, I felt that the story dragged in places, making it easy to put down and take a break instead of immersing myself in the story.

Overall, as a period romance, it's enjoyable.
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