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The Wicked Rebel (Blackhaven Brides #3) by Mary Lancaster. Historical Romance My Review.

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At eight-and-twenty, Lady Arabella Niven is gentle, sickly, and firmly on the shelf. Having disobliged her father by refusing her last chance of marriage, she has been sent in disgrace to Blackhaven with two domineering aunts. Her one wish is to be left alone in a quiet cottage to write books on history. 

However, everything changes when she tries to rescue a naked man apparently drowning at sea. Thus begins an odd, fun friendship that quickly becomes passionate. For Captain Alban, the hero with a shady past, is rebellious and unconventional by nature. 

Marriage between such a man and a duke’s daughter is inconceivable, and yet Alban’s feelings for her drive him to face his past in order to create a new future that would be unendurable without her. 

Oppressive family, neglected children, fortune hunters, past loves, and old crimes all contrive to keep the pair apart. But when danger threatens Alban, it is the duke’s gentle daughter who rides to his rescue. 


Lady Arabella Niven often struggles for breath,  but never more so than when her family are pressuring her. Having a desperate need for air she takes a rowing boat out on the harbour.  It's not only peace and quiet she finds out there on the water. 
Captain Alban is a " free trader" with a reputation in the English seaports.  He discovers news about his family that he must investigate.  That could be a dangerous thing to do. 
A lovely adventure for our downtrodden, shortsighted heroine.  Courage comes in many forms and at unexpected times. 
Our hero must face the past to embrace the future. 
A sweet historical romance with wonderful characters and lots of excitement. 


Mary Lancaster's first love was historical fiction. Since then she has grown to love coffee, chocolate, red wine and black and white films - simultaneously where possible. She hates housework.

As a direct consequence of the first love, she studied history at St. Andrews University, after which she worked variously as editorial assistant, researcher and librarian. Although she has always written stories for her own entertainment, she began to make serious efforts toward publication in order to distract herself from a job she disliked. She now writes full time at her seaside home in Scotland, which she shares with her husband and three children.

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