Published by Leisure Books on January 1st 1970
Genres: Historical Romance, Medieval Era
It was to be hoped that her groom was partial to cherries. For Avelyn feared she would very much resemble one at their wedding feast. Too round, too red in the scarlet gown that was all she could fit into and perhaps too tart for his taste? No doubt he longed for a sweet, biddable bride, one who was tiny and trim as she was trying to appear.
Paen Gerville longed for a lively, well-rounded woman, one whose plump breast would cushion his head after the lonely, harsh life of a knight. At first his wife-to-be- promised no such delights-her form was unbending, her health apparently fragile as she fainted in his arms after their first kiss. But one split bridal gown later, her assets were eye-poppingly apparent and Paen could only grin as he anticipated the surprises yet to come on his wedding night with the perfect wife.
Avelyn has always known she isn’t the most slender of women, and on her wedding day is determined to look slip and beautiful, what every man wants. So she is shocked to discover that she can’t fit into her wedding dress, and ends up binding herself to the point where she faints at the alter and lands in her groom’s arms. To say she feels humiliated and ashamed is a understatement. But then on the journey to her new home, strange yet cruel things start to happen to her that makes her believe her marriage to Paen is cursed. Paen, after coming home after the crusades, is ready to settle down and get married,secretly hoping his wife is curvy and sensual and one to keep warm with at night. Paen starts to discover that Avelyn is not what he ever expected, and despite the twists and turns and unexpected surprises, he is starting to fall hard for her……..
Paen, is a warrior, and has just returned home from the crusades and now will marry. In the beginning when he first meets her he wonders how Avelyn could ever be a perfect wife for him, but when truths come to light, he starts to realize how perfect she really is for him, everything he could ever want in a wife, one he can protect and one to love and cherish forever…
Avelyn, has always wanted to be beautiful and to be loved, and is fearful of her future husband and desires to please him any way that she can. She just doesn’t know if she will be able to make him happy. When bad things start to happen, she wonders if she is cursed or just unlucky, and is even more determined to do anything she can to make Paen happen, even at the cost of her own happiness, what she doesn’t realize is how much she truly loves Paen and would sacrifice anything for him….
The Perfect Wife is the first that I have read of her historicals, and even though it wasn’t my favorite book of hers, it was a very enjoyable read. The Perfect Wife is a story about a newly married couple with a lot of bad luck working against them, but somehow end up falling madly in love…even though I felt both characters were both naive, and didn’t have alot of inner strength, and it wasn’t until the latter half of the book that I started to really get into the story. Another downside to the story was the dialogue between Paen and Avelyn, at first I thought it would get better, but it just stayed the same, with nothing to excite the reader at all. I will probably read more of her historicl’s since there were aspects of the story I did like, but overall just an average romance that doesn’t exactly appeal to the reader as a stellar romance, but will probably give her other historicals a chance since I love her Paranormal series.