To Swoon and to Spar: A Novel (The Regency Vows #4) by Martha Waters

To Swoon and to Spar: A Novel (The Regency Vows #4) by Martha Waters

Title:  To Swoon and to Spar: A Novel
Series:  The Regency Vows #4
Author: Martha Waters
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre:  Historical Fiction, Romance
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:  333
Date of US Publication:  11 April, 2023
My Rating:  4.5 Stars

My Thoughts 

All (Viscount) Penvale wants is to again own, and live in the home where his parents lived with him and his younger sister, but his uncle has refused to sell to him for years. Seemingly out of the blue, this changes - contingent on Penvale marrying his uncle’s ward, Miss Jane Spencer. 

Jane is hardly unhinged - she’s a young woman without influence, seeking to rid herself of troublesome issues in her life - she succeeded with frightening off her guardian, Viscount Penvale’s uncle, and she figures that Penvale  himself should scare off easily too, leaving her to ramble alone in Trethwick Abbey, reading books, and not having to be social. 

After the marriage the two do spar, but also begin to see one another anew. Getting to know one another, and spending time together, and Jane is no longer quite so sure that she wants to rid herself of her husband. 

I really rather enjoy a marriage of convenience / arrangement trope and I was immediately invested in the story and kept at it, finishing it in just a couple of days. I liked Jane and Penvale both as characters - and the two together were perfect. 

Utterly charming and enjoyable story ❤️ I have adored this series. 

Thank you to Atria Books and NetGalley for the DRC!


Bridgerton fans will like this one.” —Julia Quinn, #1 New York Times bestselling author

The Regency Vows series that is “sure to delight Bridgerton fans” (USA TODAY) returns with this story about a viscount and his irascible new wife who hopes to chase her husband from their shared home so that she can finally get some peace and quiet—only to find that his company is not as onerous as she thought.

Viscount Penvale has been working for years to buy back his ancestral home, Trethwick Abbey, from his estranged uncle. And so he’s thrilled when his uncle announces that he is ready to sell but with one major caveat—Penvale must marry his uncle’s ward, Jane Spencer.

When the two meet in London, neither is terribly impressed. Penvale finds Jane headstrong and sharp-tongued. Jane finds him cold and aloof. Nevertheless, they agree to a marriage in name only and return to the estate. There, Jane enlists her housekeeper for a scheme: to stage a haunting so that Penvale will return to London, leaving her to do as she pleases at Trethwick Abbey. But Penvale is not as easily scared as his uncle and as their time together increases, Jane realizes that she might not mind her husband’s company all that much.

With her trademark “arch sense of humor and a marvelously witty voice” (
Entertainment Weekly), Martha Waters crafts another delightful romp for all historical romance fans.


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