Wedlock is the remarkable story of the Countess of Strathmore and her marriage to Andrew Robinson Stoney.
Mary Eleanor Bowes was one of Britain's richest young heiresses. She married the Count of Strathmore who died young, and pregnant with her lover's child, Mary became engaged to George Gray. Then in swooped Andrew Robinson Stoney. Mary was bowled over and married him within the week. But nothing was as it seemed. Stoney was broke, and his pursuit of the wealthy Countess a calculated ploy.
Once married to Mary, he embarked on years of ill treatment, seizing her lands, beating her, terrorising servants, introducing prostitutes to the family home, kidnapping his own sister. But finally after many years, a servant helped Mary to escape. She began a high-profile divorce case that was the scandal of the day and was successful. But then Andrew kidnapped her and undertook a week-long rampage of terror and cruelty until the law finally caught up with him.
©2010 Wendy Moore (P)2010 Orion Publishing Group Limited
"The remarkable story of one woman's triumph over years of appalling violence and abuse." (Daily Express)
Astounding, I thought it might end up being a bit trashy as it looks & sounds like a gothic romance but it's actually very well researched. The very straight reading allows the extraordinary story come through and it's a story that really needs no further embellishment.
The abduction at the end and the story of Mary's rescue beggars belief. But this is just a culmination of the extraordinary adventures of Stoney and his victim Mary Bose. I recommend this title wholeheartedly.
I don't know if this book is good or not as I found the narrator impossible to listen to, a truly wooden delivery. A great disappointment.
Well researched and a great story. If you enjoy real life stories like The Suspicions of Mr Whitcher you will love this book too
I find that with non-fiction audiobooks i long for the illustrations that inevitably go with the book version. Would it be possible for Audible to reproduce these in a downloadable file when you purchase the book? I would love to know what Stoney & co looked like in contemporary portraits etc.
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