Wednesday, September 24, 2014

#WhyIStayed - Anne from Love's Revenge shares her story #MeansofMercy #HistoricalRomance

As a wife—a woman—of the mid-19th century, very few choices were afforded us. The daughters of means, of money and title, had little hope of marrying for love, let alone someone they felt an affinity for.

I, however, was an orphaned peasant girl of no means. Hardly any family to speak of. Yet, one cousin invited me to London and outfitted me to appear like a lady. She taught me to speak like a lady.

I fooled no one.

However…one well-to-do gentleman, a former rake, was intrigued by my innocence, my being untouched by society.

He swept me off my feet, and starved for affection, I aimed to please him in every way.

A farm-grown girl, I was expected to bear him a strong son. An heir to carry on his family’s dwindling name. When I failed to do so, his outward expression of claimed feelings for me changed.

When our longed-for three-day-old son died in my arms, unrelenting waves of sorrow ruined our love.

Hurtful words—blame—filled my ears. Abusive name-calling in drunken rages became a nightly ritual…when he bothered to come home at all.

So, why did I stay?

I could not afford a divorce, and unless I could prove an abusive spouse, one would never be granted. Society sided with their own when the truth of my husband’s nature came to light. The country-girl was shunned. Trapped, there was nothing I could do.


Until I realized the true extent of my situation—the predicament his final abusive act brought about—and my resulting desire for revenge inspired a reckless choice.

One that would take me far from corsets, evening gowns, and satin slippers. One that would grant me satisfaction.

Or so I thought.


Love's Sorrow
Means of Mercy #1
by Terri Rochenski
Release Date: April 21, 2014
Genre: Historical Romance
Keywords: Romance, Historical, Series, Civil War, Scotland, 19th Century, America

Hired as a nanny for her cousin’s children, Anne Tearle finds security and a loving family. The children are a dream, but London society is a world of its own, one where a displaced farm girl has no business being. But, wealthy rake, Gavin MacKay, helps her to see associating with the upper class might not be as horrid as she first assumed.

Like all things worthwhile, love comes at a price, and the cost soon bestows more anguish than joy. Lost, but not undone, Anne must find the courage to begin life anew, or succumb to sorrow's unrelenting waves of grief

Love's Revenge
Means of Mercy #2
by Terri Rochenski
Release Date: January 2015
Genre: Historical Romance
Keywords: Romance, Historical, Series

Will Anne's desire for revenge hinder her ability to love again?


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  1. Quite a plot. I've read another historical by Terry and the setting was amazingly authentic - at least it felt that way. I'm sure this includes much of the same with a thought provoking situation.

  2. Stories about revenge are always the old double-edged sword. Sounds very interesting.

    1. Glad you think so, Susan! Thanks so much for stopping by.

  3. Way to leave us on a cliffhanger there, Terri. It sounds very realistic, which I find refreshing. Definitely have this on my To Be Read List!