Not Quite a Husband

Author: Sherry Thomas

Publisher: Bantam

Release Date: May 2009

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: PRINT

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Bryony Asquith is content in her role as a nomadic doctor, traveling the globe learning about death and illness and saving lives. It is not the life she wanted for herself, but when her marriage to Quentin Leonidas “Leo” Marsden quickly went downhill after the wedding, well, it has become the life she has resigned herself to.

Leo both dreads and is anxious about finding Bryony once again. Even though he finds her to be cold, callous and cruel, but most of all, apathetic towards humanity, there is a part of him that will always see her as his wife. When he finally reaches her and they start to journey back to England, tragedy strikes at every turn. Suddenly the couple who studiously let their marriage fall to ruins around them are forced to confront their feelings and just what went wrong.

Emotions run high in NOT QUITE A HUSBAND. Bryony is far from the cold woman Leo tries to convince himself she is. In fact, she is a person set on edge because of her emotions and the things she has tried to keep hidden from Leo. Prying truths from her is difficult and it is only as Leo starts to better understand her past that he begins to understand what may have gone wrong for them. For her part, Bryony just wants Leo gone. He makes her long for things better left in the past, a bitter and hurtful past at that. But Leo has not come to the very wilds of India for nothing. He will bring Bryony home. He is her protector, though she is loath to admit it.

The past is prevalent in this story and it makes their feelings even more alive and clear. Leo and Bryony will not let each other go, no matter what they believe in their heads. As their romance comes alive again against the tumultuous and violent world of turn of the century India, these two have some hard choices to face. Will they find the courage they need to move forward together? You will have to read to find out, but it is an unforgettable journey that is harsh, honest, and more than anything filled with the all the subtleties of love.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Sarah W

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