The Admiral's Penniless Bride by Carla Kelly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book really surprised me. Like I said in my last review, I have been in the mood for romance novels recently, expecting a bit of light ready and fun, without a whole lot of depth. And while this book still has many romance trappings, it really stands out to me because it has more depth than I expected.
The best way to explain this is to just give a description of our "romantic" leads. We have The Admiral, a recently retired, 45 year old bachelor who is missing a tooth and a hand (he uses a hook as a replacement). His Penniless Bride is a 30 year old widow whose late husband committed suicide, leaving her and their son to live in poverty, with the child eventually dying as a result. No usual suspects here.
The world of this book was enchanting and the characters very engaging. Really my only complaint is about the end, where we have a "liar revealed" storyline and the actual ending is far too typical for such an atypical book.
That said, I really enjoyed reading it and definitely intend to check out more of Carla Kelly's books - and I might do that regardless of whether or not I'm in the mood for romantic fluff!