Friday, December 7, 2018

Blog Tour: Wager for a Wife by Karen Tuft

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Wager for a Wife by Karen Tuft

Book Description:

William Barlow's life has been forever altered: his estranged father is dead, and William has inherited the title of Viscount Farleigh. Along with the title comes a neglected estate, an enormous amount of gambling debt, and one astounding acquisition that will turn William's world upside down . . .

It is her first London Season, and Lady Louisa Hargreaves could not be more pleased. She has attracted the attention of the Earl of Kerridge, and the two are on the cusp of an official betrothal. That is, until she learns of a generations-old family debt: her grandfather gambled her hand in marriage and lost, and now Louisa must pay the price. She will marry not the earl but a man she just met, who has taken her freedom in one fell swoop. Even as she struggles to understand the handsome and aloof man she is to wed, Louisa is irresistibly drawn to him—and he to her. But she soon realizes he is harboring secrets, and as her wedding day approaches, she must discover what her future husband is hiding before she makes the gravest mistake of her life.

Andrea's Review:

Wager for a Wife is a very good story. It has such a creative premise-an estranged son inherits his father’s title and estate, but he learns that it is deeply in debt. It is discovered that a wager made years before has the means of saving the estate, servants and tenants.

The interactions between Will and Louisa were very entertaining. From hate to friendship to more, I really enjoyed their story.

I loved Louisa’s relationship with her brothers and her parents. They were a very loving, supportive family. The teasing between siblings was fun and laughable.

I loved Will’s relationship with the servants in his childhood home. They were good family to him where his father was not.

The resolution was a bit rushed and could have used more detail about the emotions of the characters involved, but it had a sweet and happy ending.

This is a quick and clean read that I can see myself reading again.

Hopefully this doesn't detract at all from the review, but when the book first came in the mail my daughter started reading it to me while I was driving. The name Farleigh came up quite a few times right off the bat, and I couldn't help but think of the Three Amigos every time I heard or read it. 🤣

Rorie's Review:

Honor is a huge theme in this book. Honor is a good thing. But there is definitely a difference between honor and the type of honor discussed in this book. I know life was very different back then, but if I were told that I had to marry some complete stranger just because my grandfather lost a bet to his grandfather,'s just a good thing I wasn't born back then.

At any rate, I couldn't help but like William, because his heart was in the right place, even if he was going about things all wrong. There were a few times when he did things and chose not to tell Louisa and I just cringed, knowing that was not going to end well at all.

Louisa had a pretty easy life up until William walked in to it. I give her so much credit, because she definitely grew up fast and she did it with way more grace than I think I ever could.

I feel like the first kiss part came on too fast - I thought they were still in the "she totally hates him" phase, so it just didn't seem to be the right time for me. Thankfully, as the story progresses, more of a relationship develops and it's not based solely on physical attraction.

Tarah's Review:

I was not expecting this book! How fun was the premise of the whole thing. It ended up being one of those books that once I started I had no desire to do anything else and had to finish it quickly. I mean, it's the wrong time of year to finish anything quickly, but even with everything else it was a fast happy read.

I will admit that I was surprised to learn that I had read another book with this same family in it. At the back of the book the author tells us that there is more from this family, and that always gets me excited. Then I discovered I had already read those books, and I quickly became confused. Since this book is supposed to be first, but the other book was written first I would actually not suggest that they go together. Upon rereading the book about Louisa's brother I wasn't very happy to see that it didn't really follow this book as closely. The characters have different personalities than were set out in Wager for a Wife and there are some details that just didn't match up in my mind. Wager for a Wife was definitely the best out of this series if you are going to put them together, but honestly, I wouldn't.  I think they both are better alone.

I loved the relationship between Will and Louisa. In fact, all the relationships in this book were really well written. The love between Will and the servants, the teasing nature between Louisa and her brothers was super fun to read, and I thought the relationship between Louisa's parents was sweet.

I will definitely be reading this one again and again. I'm hoping it goes on an audio book soon so I can listen to it while doing house work.

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Title: Wager for a Wife
Author: Karen Tuft
Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc.
Published: December 2018
ISBN: 1524407674
Source: We received copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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