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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.

©2020 Martha Waters (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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  • Melanie
  • 04-06-20

Not a hoax of a story

I really enjoyed this story. It is well written. You know the H & h love each other and the fun parts of the story are how their shenanigans bring them back to realizing it. The story addresses many common themes that can stress a marriage. Yes the characters act immature and foolish but they are young and had poor roll models when it comes to how to treat someone you love. Don't we often act our worse around those we are closest to? Also, after living with someone, you know their weaknesses and just where to strike. This is a universal theme set in Regency England. The author knows the history, hierarchy and language of this time period. I am hoping she will make this a series revealing some of the other characters stories. I have found a new author, to me, and hope to read more of her work.

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