Loving a Lost Lord
Author: Mary Jo Putney
I picked this book up on a sale whim and didn’t expect much. I was very pleasantly surprised.
While the ending was almost too good to be true, many of the characters saccharine sweet, and the huge number of unnecessary characters clearly setting up a cast for future books, it was still satisfying.
Mariah, the heroine, has lived a checkered life on the fringe of society. She is beautiful, kind, and loves her father dearly. He’s the only family she has, and when he wins a manor gambling, they are both very happy to finally have a home.
Then tragedy strikes, and she believes her father is dead. How this comes to be is believable, and the eventual truth well explained.
The hero has been in an “accident” and washes up on her shore with amnesia. She worries about lying, but he’s the answer to getting rid of an unpleasant suitor who wants her for the manor house she inherited. So, she lies and tells the man that washed ashore that they’re married.
The hero protects his “wife” and gets rid of the suitor. He finds himself drawn to Mariah and thinks himself very lucky indeed that he married her even if he can’t remember her.
We get snippets of Adam’s past (the hero), through dreams, letting us learn a bit more about him as his memories return. We see him struggle with his dual heritage (English and Hindu – though I thought Hindu was a religion ) through these dreams.
We also see their attraction grow as they “relearn” each other. There is the instant attraction, but it’s better developed than the love-at-first-sight trope.
She tells Adam the truth right before his friends show up looking for him. He doesn’t trust her any more, though he still longs for her, and he does want her to come to London with him.
In London, more is revealed, as well as Adam’s accident was no accident.
There are more attempts on his life that bring them closer. They find the murderer, her father, and so much more. A saccharine, unbelievable ending. But it was properly set-up for.
I would say this leans more inspirational, sans the religion, than pure romance. The romance between the character is sweet and the steamy scenes tame.
All in, the set-up for future events is sprinkled throughout the story, so no unpleasant or Author-God surprises. Adam is an interesting character with his dual heritage, although little is really delved into. Might be for the same reason the author equated Hindu to English rather than Christian.
Mariah is rather bland and quite perfect. But I have come to expect that from Romance heroines.