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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Review: To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters

To Have and to Hoax 
by Martha Waters

Publisher: Atria
Publish Date: April 7, 2020
Kindle Edition
367 Pages
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romantic Comedy

Five years ago, Lady Violet Grey and Lord James Audley met, fell in love, and got married. Four years ago, they had a fight to end all fights, and have barely spoken since.

Their once-passionate love match has been reduced to one of cold, detached politeness. But when Violet receives a letter that James has been thrown from his horse and rendered unconscious at their country estate, she races to be by his side—only to discover him alive and well at a tavern, and completely unaware of her concern. She’s outraged. He’s confused. And the distance between them has never been more apparent.

Wanting to teach her estranged husband a lesson, Violet decides to feign an illness of her own. James quickly sees through it, but he decides to play along in an ever-escalating game of manipulation, featuring actors masquerading as doctors, threats of Swiss sanitariums, faux mistresses—and a lot of flirtation between a husband and wife who might not hate each other as much as they thought. Will the two be able to overcome four years of hurt or will they continue to deny the spark between them?

My Review:

If you're a lover of both historical fiction and rom-coms then this is the book for you!  Honestly, I'm touch and go when it comes to both genres.  Violet and James have quite the interesting relationship.  I couldn't imagine one argument causing a rift and complete change in my relationship for FOUR YEARS! But I had to stick with the story to figure out WHY and what happened in this argument.  OH James.  Oh Violet.  The games you play....

The fun part was the back and forth between the two and how they kept trying to pull something over on the other.  This did get a little tedious at times.  We KNOW you're attracted to each other.  We KNOW you still have some kind of love there.  So let's get to it!  Some repetitiveness and could've probably been a little bit shorter.  However, definitely and entertaining read and the sassy Violet made for some hilarious moments.

This is a debut novel and this author has my interest piqued.  Need some light entertainment in a heavy world? Come and get it!


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