Maggie Swift is having a rough year. Her beloved mother has passed away, and both her brothers have married–one to a stranger and the other to her childhood nemesis–leaving her the odd man out, the spinster sister, tolerated and cared for but never belonging. Still, Maggie refuses to marry for anything less than love, and love seems to be a lost cause. Until, Clay, a long-lost friend of the family, rides into town and, quite unexpectedly, sweeps her off her feet and takes her in hand.
In a way, this book is like having three stories in one. Though it primarily focuses on Maggie and Clay’s relationship, you also get glimpses into both Maggie’s brothers’ relationships with their new wives. They’re an interesting contrast. Maggie is a firebrand, Libby is a brat, and Abby is as sweet and fragile as the other two are spunky.
My favorite part of this book is that it very clearly highlights that even though one person may choose to submit to another within a relationship, that does not make them submissive outside of the context of the relationship. Though this book is a historical romance, and as such, the women are expected to defer to the men in their lives, Maggie is in no way oppressed. She gives as good as she gets. At the same time, when Clay comes into her life, the more submissive side of her begins to come out. Her relationship with Clay changes her in ways she didn’t know she needed until it happened. I think that kind of subtle shift is very true of many people in domestic discipline and other kinds of power exchange relationships, but it’s very rare to see the portrayal of that subtle shift. This book does it and does it well.
The book is marketed as the first in a series so I hope that means that we will get more of Maggie and her brothers’ stories somewhere down the road. In the meantime, you can check out Swept Off Her Feet here: