A marriage of convenience that may turn into more... Wager for a Wife by Karen Tuft (Review & #Giveaway)

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Wager for a Wife
By Karen Tuft
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages
December 1st 2018 by Covenant Communications, Inc.


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.

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My Review

WAGER FOR A WIFE takes the marriage-of-convenience trope and gives it a nice twist. It's a heartfelt story of struggle and romance between two hearts who must learn what to trust and what is worth fighting for. A perfectly wonderful read for sweet historical romance fans!

I loved these characters! Louisa is sweet and charming, but she also has an intelligent and witty mind and some sass. William was my favorite character. This is probably due to how much pain he has dealt with, the development his character undertakes, the heartbreak, and how deserving he is of a happily-ever-after. Louisa and him are such a perfect match! She is a light to his soul and he helps steady her and becomes a landing place for her thoughts, and eventually her heart. I also adored the secondary characters, at least in Louisa's family and in William's staff. So much teasing and camaraderie there. The relationships were really great in this story. I also appreciated the way the romance develops, even when it's heartbreaking, and the very satisfying ending. From beginning to end, I loved this story!

In the end, was it what I wished for? If you're looking for a sweet historical romance with well drawn characters, plenty of chemistry, a lovely family dynamic, a little intrigue, and an interesting story, this is it. A story that will pull on your emotions and your heart, and leave you happily content in the end.

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Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

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About the Author

Karen Tuft was born with a healthy dose of curiosity about pretty much everything, so as a child she taught herself to read and play the piano. She studied composition at BYU and graduated from the University of Utah in music theory, where she was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda honor societies.

In addition to being an author, Karen is a wife, mom, grandma (hooray!), pianist, composer, and arranger. She likes to figure out what makes people tick, wander through museums, and travel, whether it's by car, plane, or paperback.

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