Gillian Ranson hasnít seen her husband Brian, the Earl of Wright, in four years. The day after their wedding,
Brian left her to fight Napoleon and return to his mistress. Having escaped her husbandís haughty parents
to reside at Huntleigh, her cousinís country estate, Gillian found happiness and a potential
lover in a handsome Spaniard, Andres Ramigio. When her husband arrives to demand her return to
their estate, Gillian at first refuses, until Brian challenges Andres to a duel.
Brian was called home after the death of his two older brothers. Now his father insists he
become an Ambassador, but Brian wishes to obtain a position in the War Office and needs Gillianís
family connections. Gillian agrees to help him, but asks for a divorce after a monthís time.
Brian agrees and a pact is forged.
During their return journey, Brian tells Gillian that Jess is dead. While Gillian wants Brian
to remain a villain, he has changed and she decides that what matters is from that point on. Brian
also realizes that Gillian has become a fascinating woman, one of intelligence, grace and courage,
and hopes she will remain his wife.
Upon their arrival at Brianís estate, Gillian discovers an infant: Anthony, the son of Brianís
father and Brianís ex-mistress, Jess. Brian found the abandoned child and, having seen enough death
during the war, was determined to save his tiny half-brother. Gillian saves the crying, starving
infant, but when Jess arrives on the scene, Gillian knows she has every reason to leave after the
While Gillian has every reason not to trust her husband, the initial love she felt for Brian is
rekindled as they both try to save little Anthonyís life. It also becomes clear that Brian is far
more humane and loving than when he and Gillian married. I found myself rooting for him, hoping
Gillian would put aside the past to be with her first love. What I enjoyed most about the novel was
the rekindling of Gillianís love for her husband, and Brianís realization that Gillian and he were
meant to be together.
The Earl Claims His Wife is an outstanding, fast-paced romance—one of compassion,
understanding, and a second chance at love. Definitely a not-to-be-missed read.