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Reviewed by Scherry Jenkins for Readers' Favorite
This is the first book I have read by this author, but it will not be my last. I plan to go back and read the book just prior to this one, How to Train Your Knight. Not that it is necessary ... this can certainly be a stand-alone book. I simply WANT to read it. How to Marry Your Wife is a delightful, funny, adventurous, romantic tale set in medieval times.
The story starts out with Lady Meredith and Sir Thomas, a Templar knight, as a young couple in love, binding their love and vowing to be married. Sir Thomas, referred to as Tom, must leave hurriedly for distant lands and is unable to say proper good-byes to his love. Upon his return, Merry is less than excited to see him. The reunion is sharp witted and humorous, beautifully written by this author. When Tom realizes he has a son, and his "wife" is betrothed to another man, he wastes no time in getting his reluctant bride to marry him. Keeping her is another part of the story. The adventure that follows is fast paced and sometimes difficult to follow, but detailed to perfection. I loved Merry's spunk!
Stella Marie Alden's ability to pull you into a world of knights and castles, wenches and mayhem is amazing. She develops each character to the point that you almost believe they truly exist. Another thing I truly loved about this book is that it was a complete novel, even though another book in this series was written prior to this one, and after reading the last line in this book, it's quite obvious that there will be another book in this series. But each book is a stand-alone and and can be read as such. I loved the writing, the humor, and the romance.