26 May 2015

Review: Saving Marilee by Annette K. Larsen

Saving Marilee by Annette K. Larsen.
Audience/Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, Clean.
Source: Purchased
Publication: May 1st 2015 by Hidden Falls Publishing.
Marriage wasn't bliss—not for Marilee. Instead of finding contentment with the handsome son of a sovereign duke, she found betrayal and neglect. And fear. A fear that finally lifts when her husband dies, freeing her from his domineering hand. But freedom alone can't give her peace, and she must battle to regain her love for life, rebuild her happiness, and reclaim the ability to trust. When her charming neighbor intrudes on her quiet life, she must determine whether his interest is genuine, and whether he deserves the fragile bit of trust she has managed to scrape together. However, trusting is a risk, and she has vowed never to put herself at the mercy of someone else’s whims. Can Marilee take that chance, knowing how terribly she’s chosen before? She doesn’t know if she can survive being wrong again.

Reviewed by Kelly.

I like the premise of this story. Starting off with her husband's death, Marilee finds she isn't sad at all. He was cruel to her and kept her imprisoned in her room often and changed her colorful and happy wardrobe with high collars and stiff necks on plain colored clothing. He took away her vitality. He took the letters written to her and from her and hid them. This book demands to be read and find that life isn't always happily ever after in marriage. And those times were probably the worst. But there is always a silver lining waiting.

Right away, she fires all the staff who kept her locked up. She burns her husband's furniture she bought for him. She decides to learn to do things on her own. But in those times, it wasn't always possible. Her neighbor, James, came to offer his service to help in any way. Marilee wasn't trusting and enjoyed her new found freedom and solitude. Yet, she started to enjoy his company as well. James is so sweet and caring and very kind and although it is easy for the reader to see his love for her start to shine, she can't.

James will do whatever it takes and however long it takes to gain her trust and love. He isn't perfect as none of us are. But James is definitely a gentleman and a hero. I just sigh whenever he is in the room!!

Marilee tries to navigate her way through all the legal and societies expectations to find her way back to the happy person she was before even though she has forever changed by her past circumstances.

You will fall in love and you will root for Marilee and James and for Marilee to find herself again.

I love this series!

I was born in Utah, part of a crazy, fun family of nine. I grew up in Flagstaff, AZ and St. Louis, MO before striking out on my own college adventure in Virginia. I decided to try my hand at writing novels after I was married and living in Idaho. I write clean romance because it’s my favorite genre, but often difficult to find.

I have Charlotte Bronte to thank for the courage to write novels. After being bombarded with assigned reading about women who justified abandoning either their families or their principles in the name of love, I had the great fortune of reading Jane Eyre. And that was it: finally a heroine who understood that being moral and making the right choice was hard, and sometimes it hurt, but it was still worth it. After rereading it several years later, I realized that if I wanted more books to exist with the kinds of heroines I admired, then I might as well write a few myself. My books are about women who face hard choices, who face pain and rejection and often have to sacrifice what they want for what is right. The consequences are often difficult or unpleasant, but it the end, doing what’s right will always be worth it.

I believe there is no substitute for good writing or good chocolate. Fortunately, one often leads to the other.

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1 comment:

  1. I am a big fan of Annette K. Larsen's books. They are very entertaining and clean. I think her first two books were a bit better than Saving Marilee but I would still recommend others to read this too. It held my attention and lately that has been hard to do. I was a bit disappointed how the ending came about but other than that, it was a great book.