This was as short, sweet novella. 1879. A young woman's father passes away, leaving her alone...but not destitute. However, the 26 acres of farmland she's inherited comes with a string attached: marry her father's best friend's son, Ricardo.
Her dilemma: She has to marry a man she doesn't know. This is scary.
Ricardo is a sea captain who can no longer handle being at sea. His dilemma: Making Lily want him when it seems he pisses her off at every turn.
They argue over whores, drinking, and after they wed, a woman's place in the home. I really liked Lily. She won't take any lip from this guy. She'll take the lovin' and all, but when it comes right down to it, she says she's going to do her thing and he can't stop her. I also liked how she sorta saves him, not the other way around. Trouble falls on them and I didn't really see him as protecting her. She ended up looking out for herself in my opinion.
It was a decent and entertaining read, I didn't buy the whole suicidal woman thing at the end though. I also found something a bit irritating as I read: It was all very proper English. We are. You will. I am. No we're, you'll, or I'm. I can see having them speak that way, but even the narrative? It was a minor irritant.
Three stars. I received this from the author in exchange for an honest review.