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Two years have gone by and no word or letter from him. She finds out Charles has been stringing her along there are other women there also who has the same ring.

The Colonel’s Lady-by W. Somerset Maugham

One lady is even pregnant by him. His older brother Colonel Richard Swinburne marries her to save her reputation and his brother's also. He will not consummate the marriage he believes Charles has already taken her virtue. Richard is such a better brother he has taken up for Charles in everything he does. Regina grows up as the book goes along not the spoiled girl as she was. Charles comes back and he tells Richard he has taken Regina's virginity. Richard takes his word over her's. He has to realize be can't cover for Charle's forever.

The marriage will never work unless Charles is gone will Richard finally put his wife first and have a real marriage? One person found this helpful. Format: Mass Market Paperback. I was a little disappointed in this book. When I recognised the names of some of the characters, I was initially delighted because of the connections to other books in Oliver's Seven Corinthians series. Regina begins the book - and remains for at least half of it - as a spoilt, selfish and demanding brat, which was very disappointing, since Oliver's heroines are normally more likeable.

She did improve later and became a genuinely nice, considerate person, but by then I'd lost sympathy with her and all my sympathies rested with poor Richard, who'd been forced to marry her. Incidentally, 'arrogant'? The last couple of chapters were amusing, largely for the opportunity to meet Regina's brothers, but overall, while I've read almost every other Oliver I possess at least twice, this one still hasn't cried out for a second read. A customer 5. Very enjoyable Regency. Oliver knows how to bring characters to life in her stories the same way that Patricia Veryan does.

In The Colonel's Lady, Regina learns that a handsome face doesn't always have a caring heart. This story has great pacing, fight scenes, love scenes, secondary characters, and composition. It's a very enjoyable read. Thoroughly enjoyable. Lucky Lady Regina. Having fallen in love with the wrong man - and having considered herself secretly engaged to him for two years during which time he gives her only a paltry garnet ring and never writes one single letter , on a whim, Lady Regina dashes off to Brussels during the Hundred Days to meet up with her "fiance" and demand that he marry her.

She bursts in on Wellington and claims that she is engaged to his Staff Officer - one Swinburne. The only officer by that name is her "fiance"'s older brother Colonel Sir Richard Swinburne, whom Regina disliked on sight. He is not thrilled to find that Staff gossip has him engaged to a duke's daughter. Despite her mistake, and despite the fact that her "fiance"'s loathsome character is soon revealed, Lady Regina insists on sticking around, so that Charles Swinburne will do the right thing - not by her, but by a governess he has seduced and why not the other two non-English women?

Her angry father and two of her brothers arrive and force her to marry Swinburne. Richard agrees principally out of honour - to save his family name and to protect his brother who he has been protecting all his life. Lady Regina is furious with this enforced marriage and storms back to England. She spends the next few months with her aunt and refuses to meet her father.

When Colonel Sir Richard Swinburne returns from Waterloo, he finds his wife missing and collects her from a dance.

The Colonel's Lady by W. Somerset Maugham

They return to his estate when Regina is pleasantly surprised to find that she likes her mother-in-law, a gentle if ineffectual lady. She also finds her husband reluctant to consummate the marriage, not surprisingly given that she has told him that she finds him distasteful to her, and has implied that she has known pre-marital bliss with his younger brother. Charles is a downright cad who clearly should have been thrown out long ago; he had seduced Richard's first fiancee and had promised marriage many many times to young girls around the estate.

Regina does not bother to correct Richard's impressions of her relationship with his brother, nor does she sit down to have a serious talk. Instead, she returns to see her ailing father only under duress when her husband forces her to go. During that time, she spills the beans about her unsatisfactory marital status. When she returns to the Swinburne estate, she has been reconciled with her father but she still is not sleeping with her husband.

She decamps to her family, and her four brothers proceed to beat up her husband - although he gives a good account of himself. Charming, isn't it? Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book.

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Apr 12, Warren Stalley rated it it was amazing. Matthew Reardon deliberately joins the army to get close to a woman from his past. But Caroline is now married to Colonel Weyland the commander of Fort Larrymore, the frontier desert outpost that Reardon is posted to. As the story progresses he finds himself in a deadly love triangle with Caroline and Colonel Weyland, where his destiny lies in a suicidal scouting mission into the heart of enemy Matthew Reardon deliberately joins the army to get close to a woman from his past.

As the story progresses he finds himself in a deadly love triangle with Caroline and Colonel Weyland, where his destiny lies in a suicidal scouting mission into the heart of enemy territory. Perhaps the most interesting thing in the novel is the shades of noir that Adams brings to the story. Caroline is no wall flower but a feisty femme fatale in this marvellous western. Nov 16, John rated it it was amazing.