Theodora Ravensdale has one chance of escaping her abusive
husband, and she plans to grab it with both hands.
years of beatings and abuse, Theodora knows that in 1866,
nobody will come to her rescue, as she is considered to be
husband's property to do with what he will. Having little
no family left, her husband has isolated her, turning her
a housekeeper and punching bag. But Theodora has a plan.
Creating a new identity for herself, as widow Mrs.
Milsom, Theodora has procured a job as a cook at Longley
in the distant countryside. And when her marital home
accidentally catches fire, Theodora flees, hoping that her
husband will believe she died in the blaze. Freedom is
within her reach.
Jonathan Tenwick, Viscount Caxton, is exasperated by his
family as usual. His mother has hired a new cook, having
met her, his sister Julia is always running around
stray animals, and his father trusts everyone that crosses
path. Loving his family dearly, he feels he has to behave
serious fashion, and is forever suspicious. Upon meeting
Theodora, Jonathan realises two things - One She is hiding
something and has been seriously hurt in the past, and
is utterly enamoured with her and yearns to get closer to
As his unusual and loving household embrace Theodora, and
accept her as their own, she yearns to remain in this
wonderful home and explore her growing feelings for
But as her past catches up with her, and her husband
in, will Jonathan be able to stop the woman he loves from
disappearing beyond his reach forever?
STIRRING UP THE VISCOUNT by Marin McGinnis is an addictive
Regency romance, with that extra special something added
for good measure. Theodora is a complex character who is
traumatised by her situation, but also brave and spirited
she fights to claw back a life for herself. I love the
household and as they are expertly described, I can easily
picture each individual character. With danger, passion,
gripping characters, STIRRING UP THE VISCOUNT by Marin
McGinnis is a brilliant read and I look forward to reading
more from this author.
Seeking to escape an abusive husband, Theodora Ravensdale
answers an ad in The Times for a job as cook in a country
home. A fortuitous house fire enables her to fake her own
death and flee to northern England and live under an
name. But Theodora’s refuge is not all she would wish,
she stirs emotions in the heir to the estate, Jonathan
Tenwick, and in herself.
Meanwhile, as the connection between Theodora and Jonathan
grows, her husband learns she did not perish in the fire,
and searches for her. Fearing he is close to finding her,
Theodora must flee again to protect the family and the
viscount for whom she cares deeply. In the final
confrontation with her husband, Theodora learns she is
stronger than she ever knew, and love is worth fighting