5 Second look at 'To Take This Lord' by Cheryl Bolen
A Quick Summary
- George Pembroke, the Viscount of Sedgewick is mourning the lose of his beloved wife. Years later, nothing has changed.
- Sally, Geroge’s sister’s best friend and has had a crush on George for years, but after his wife’s death she tries to help his children any way she can. Knowing he will never love again, but also see that his children deserve a mother, George asks Sally to marry him. After all she’s too well-bred to be a governess.
- Sally agrees, marries George and shows him that his future could be much better than living in the past and getting to know his children is worth healing his broken heart.
My Take on the Book :
Grief has been George’s drug of choice for years, but Sally is the light and strength that he needs to move past the pain. She brings hope and love back into his life.
George Pembroke, the Viscount Sedgewick, is a man bent on self-destruction. Even though it’s been two years since his cherished wife died on childbed, George continues to rely on liquor to blunt his grief.
Worried about him and his children, George’s sisters urge him to ask spinster Sally Spenser – a longtime family friend – to help care for his daughter and son. Sally’s the perfect person. She’s of high birth, has no money, and she adores his children. But George can’t ask an earl’s niece to become a servant! However. . .since he’ll never love again, why not make Sally his viscountess? It would be a marriage in name only. For the children.
Sally’s deep love of the children and fear that their father might marry an unfeeling stepmother that prompt Sally to agree George’s proposal. Even though it will be unbearable living under the roof of the man she loves and knowing she can never have him.
My Review of 'To Take This Lord' by Cheryl Bolen
Sally Spenser is brash, honest and takes no one sh^t. She has loved George Pembroke all her life, but he overlooked her simple appearance for the beauty that was his beloved wife, Diana. Sally is George’s sister best friend and when Diana dies in childbirth, she watches George spiral. Leaving his country estate for Bath, she follows him to be near her friend and his children. If she can’t love George at least she can love his children.
Sally doesn’t mind tell George the truth.
“Everyone knows how devastated you were, my lord,” she said in a sympathetic voice. “I certainly do not fault you for your grief. I only pray that time has lessened it so that now you will be able to address your children’s needs more than your own.”
You Go Girl.
George Pembroke has abandoned his estate for Bath. Lost in a world of grief after losing his beloved wife in child birth, George rarely comes home sober. George rarely comes home. He has forgotten all of his responsibilities. He doesn’t even know his own son. For two years he hasn’t done anything but spend money and waste away, until he notices Sally’s way with his children.
“Quite simply put, he wanted her for his children’s stepmother. With his simple declaration, Sally held him in higher regard than she had in the twelve years she had known him. She had been previously unaware of the depths of his love for his children. For his children, he was willing to sacrifice himself on the altar. It was the noblest thing he had ever done.”
He glared at her. “You’re Lady Sedgewick. You’re mother to my children. But you’re not my wife.” Then he stormed from the room.
Sally has watch the man she loves fall in love, marry and have two beautiful children with another woman. Nothing about her attracts George, except the way she is with his children. In a rare moment of sobriety, George notices Sally in a new way. He knows his children need better care, but the idea of offering Sally a job is shocking and ridiculous. She’s too well- bred for a job.
Meanwhile, Sally is determined to escape the match that her brother is forcing on her. Her brother wants her to marry a toad of a man that is old enough to be her grandfather…for money. So, Sally is looking for a way out. She finds is it in George’s arrangement. If she can’t love George, at least she can love those sweet children. Especially his son, who is shy and quiet and doesn’t speak.
Under Sally’s guidance they all live a better life and even venture home to a forgotten estate that only reminds George of Diana and what he has lost. But Sally isn’t done. She takes every chance to help him heal, even knowing that she would never truly be George’s wife.
It takes a fire and almost dying for George to see Sally for the lovely, honest, stubborn, kind woman that has only helped him and his family find a new life.