Stormswept by Sabrina Jeffries
Overview by Publisher:
New York Times bestseller Sabrina Jeffries reignites a daring love affair in this intriguing tale of desire and deception—originally written as Deborah Martin and newly revised for today’s audience.
The first wedding night that Lady Juliana St. Albans spent with the dark and daring Rhys Vaughan was intoxicating, the heady culmination of her new husband’s driving hunger and her own awakened sensuality. When he mysteriously disappeared the next morning, she waited for him in hope and desperation. And when he was finally proclaimed dead in a shipwreck, she bitterly mourned the loss of her love.
The second wedding night that Juliana spent with Rhys Vaughan was six years later, after he returned to claim her just as she was about to wed another. This Rhys was different—bolder, harder, and convinced that she’d betrayed him. Only their blazing passion remains from their years apart. But is it enough to light their way through the maze of mystery, menace, and mistrust—to the love they once shared and would have to find again?
Ahhh, the folly of young love. Rhys and Juliana meet as young and impressionable lovers. Rhys is a passionate Welshman who is fighting for his countrymen. Juliana is young and swept away by passion and love. They elope in order to be together, but they are separated soon after the wedding night. You know it’s never going to go well with a hasty elopement!
This is a complex story of deceit and manipulations. It’s a classic historical romance novel with all the key elements that make them sweeping sagas.
After six years, Juliana is made to face the decisions of her past. Rhys is back and putting a stop to her engagement to an English Lord. He doesn’t believe that she didn’t have a hand in having him impressed into the Navy in order to get out of their hasty marriage.
It becomes a cat and mouse game for Rhys. Can he ever find the truth about who ruined his life? Can he believe anything that Juliana says? Why is he lusting after his wife’s body and mind when she ruined him?
Life for Juliana is difficult. She is no longer mistress of her home and she is tired of Rhys not believing her. If there is to be a future between the two, he needs to believe in her.
This book does not disappoint – it is the quintessential historical romance novel. There is political strife with the clash between the Welsh and English, deceit and betrayal and lust. I found it compelling it read and was engaged in the reconciliation between the two.