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Review by Suze
It's 1865 and both men and women in Australia have the opportunity to make something of themselves. Wenna works as a lady's maid and has a secure business plan for her future. Unfortunately Devon messes things up for her. Because of him she loses her job and her reputation. Devon loved a fiery redhead in his past and decides to help the red haired Wenna by marrying her in exchange for an heir. Devon is the son of an earl from Cornwall. He needs to go back to England and they plan to travel together, it is where Wenna wants to go to as well to visit her only living relatives. The match seems to be a good one, but can a man with a high status in society fall in love with someone from a much lower class? Wenna wonders why Devon married her. What will Wenna's future be like now that she doesn't even know if she's financially secure, does she need to look for work to support them and can Devon be trusted?
Wenna is an ambitious and driven person. She has a kind heart and she has a good head on her shoulders, which are ideal qualities for the business she wants to start. Devon doesn't seem to take earning money seriously and Wenna has no idea where his monthly payments come from. For her money is incredibly important, but Devon doesn't seem to care about it at all. They're from different backgrounds, but Wenna is a classy lady and can easily be taken to any society event. Devon might have made a good match, but at first he's a bit rude and incredibly selfish. He likes Wenna, but has a lot to learn about the woman he married. Their match seems random and unusual and that makes it really interesting and fun to read about.
Virginia Taylor's writing flows easily and I enjoyed reading about Australia in the nineteenth century. The relationship between Wenna and Devon is complicated, every day is a new challenge and because of that there happens a lot. I admired Virginia Taylor's ability to always be in control. She makes the sequence of events seem entirely natural. I loved how the two headstrong main characters are trying to find their place in their impulsive marriage and was fascinated by the many unexpected twists and turns. I was spellbound by Virginia Taylor's impressive descriptions of society and the large number of issues women were struggling with in that time. Wenna is an entertaining story and I loved reading it.
Wenna is perfect for readers who like fun, lighthearted historical romances.