Review: Once Dishonored by Mary Jo Putney

My Review

Lucas Mandeville, Lord Foxton, fought many battles during the war but now he faces the biggest one – the battle he fights with himself. He is sure someone will call him on his actions after years of imprisonment during the war.  He is sure this will happen at the ball he is attending.  Instead, he meets a young woman who appears just as scandalous as he considers himself.

Kendra Douglas knows she should not have come to the ball but she needs more in her life, more than just some help to clear her name.  Lucas comes to her aid at the ball and after hearing her story vows to help her.  While they investigate the horrible conspiracy against her, they find danger and more importantly love.

Once Dishonored really showcases how women were treated in the past.  Kendra had no rights and could not even testify on her own behalf.  Men were readily believed while women were not. She also had to endure all the humiliation of the lies her ex-husband told.  The beauty of the story is the reality that not all men are created equal – some are so much better.  Kendra finds one and now must find a way to keep him.  Lucas, too, has suffered for something that should never have caused him such distress. With the help of some friends and the love of Kendra, he too may find his way into the light.

This story will really touch your heart and your soul.  Your heart will go out to these two individuals who should never have been considered disgraced.  They can be admired for how they carried on and did not allow their circumstances to defeat them.

Rating: 5 Stars

Publication Date: September 29, 2020

Published by: Zebra Books

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