Waiting on Wednesday (9): To Have And To Hoax by Martha Waters

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday was originally created by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Happy Wednesday, friends!

I hope you're all having a good week so far. I haven't done a WoW post in a long time, so I thought I'd do one this week. I am waiting on To Have and to Hoax, which is a fun new historical romance debut.  I love the estranged couple reuniting trope. It's like a second chance romance, but it can be angstier because the couple has been married. Plus, add in the historical setting, you know it's going to be intense and passionate. I love that Violet and James are going to play games with each other but they are aware of what the other is doing. It's going to be so charming! I can't wait!

Check out the cover and summary below!


by Martha Waters
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Atria
Publication Date: April 7th 2020

In this fresh and hilarious historical rom-com, an estranged husband and wife in Regency England feign accidents and illness in an attempt to gain attention—and maybe just win each other back in the process.

Five years ago, Lady Violet Grey and Lord James Audley met, fell in love, and got married. Four years ago, they had a fight to end all fights, and have barely spoken since.

Their once-passionate love match has been reduced to one of cold, detached politeness. But when Violet receives a letter that James has been thrown from his horse and rendered unconscious at their country estate, she races to be by his side—only to discover him alive and well at a tavern, and completely unaware of her concern. She’s outraged. He’s confused. And the distance between them has never been more apparent.

Wanting to teach her estranged husband a lesson, Violet decides to feign an illness of her own. James quickly sees through it, but he decides to play along in an ever-escalating game of manipulation, featuring actors masquerading as doctors, threats of Swiss sanitariums, faux mistresses—and a lot of flirtation between a husband and wife who might not hate each other as much as they thought. Will the two be able to overcome four years of hurt or will they continue to deny the spark between them?

With charm, wit, and heart in spades, To Have and To Hoax is a fresh and eminently entertaining romantic comedy—perfect for fans of Jasmine Guillory and Julia Quinn. 

Are you a fan of the estranged couple trope? Does To Have and to Hoax appeal to you?
Let me know in the comments below!

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