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Passion and intrigue abound in this first of three tales set in New Orleans and featuring three women who discover they were all married to the same man. ________________________ They Met Over His Dead Body Marian Cuvier didn't know how to react when she learned that the man she called husband and father to her children, Jean Cuvier, had been murdered. Yet, the biggest surpri Passion and intrigue abound in this first of three tales set in New Orleans and featuring three women who discover they were all married to the same man. ________________________ They Met Over His Dead Body Marian Cuvier didn't know how to react when she learned that the man she called husband and father to her children, Jean Cuvier, had been murdered. Yet, the biggest surprise was when the detective informed her that she's not the only woman Jean married. There are three Cuvier Widows and one is suspected of murder. When Marian learned of her husband's death, humiliation, shock and anger were the only emotions she felt for Jean. For the last several years, their marriage has been in name only. Now she's determined to safeguard her children's future and save their only source of income, Cuvier Shipping. Jean's handsome business partner, Louis Fournet thinks Marian's should not be leading her husband's business. The man has a way with women that Marian finds alluring and arouses feelings she's never experienced. Louis Fournet is a temptation she finds hard to resist.


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Passion and intrigue abound in this first of three tales set in New Orleans and featuring three women who discover they were all married to the same man. ________________________ They Met Over His Dead Body Marian Cuvier didn't know how to react when she learned that the man she called husband and father to her children, Jean Cuvier, had been murdered. Yet, the biggest surpri Passion and intrigue abound in this first of three tales set in New Orleans and featuring three women who discover they were all married to the same man. ________________________ They Met Over His Dead Body Marian Cuvier didn't know how to react when she learned that the man she called husband and father to her children, Jean Cuvier, had been murdered. Yet, the biggest surprise was when the detective informed her that she's not the only woman Jean married. There are three Cuvier Widows and one is suspected of murder. When Marian learned of her husband's death, humiliation, shock and anger were the only emotions she felt for Jean. For the last several years, their marriage has been in name only. Now she's determined to safeguard her children's future and save their only source of income, Cuvier Shipping. Jean's handsome business partner, Louis Fournet thinks Marian's should not be leading her husband's business. The man has a way with women that Marian finds alluring and arouses feelings she's never experienced. Louis Fournet is a temptation she finds hard to resist.

30 review for Wronged

  1. 4 out of 5

    Debbie DiFiore

    Re-read and still Just so so This book is written very well. I just didn't like the hero so much. I tried to but he.just made me feel blah. The premise of the story is that three women are married to a man who was murdered. Everyone thinks the third wife did it but you don't find out who did in this book. You have to read all three i would guess. This heroine is the actual widow, his first wife, and she has two children. The shipping business he owned is not making much money because he had three Re-read and still Just so so This book is written very well. I just didn't like the hero so much. I tried to but he.just made me feel blah. The premise of the story is that three women are married to a man who was murdered. Everyone thinks the third wife did it but you don't find out who did in this book. You have to read all three i would guess. This heroine is the actual widow, his first wife, and she has two children. The shipping business he owned is not making much money because he had three wives to support. His partner is trying to sell the company but the wife does not. I believe Louis acted very badly about trying to sell the plAce out from under her. Especially once they became lovers. And he didn't tell her. He wanted to marry her so he could control the business. I do believe he loved her but didn't quite know it yet. She finds out and it was very sad. I was glad at the ending and the hero redeemed himself at the end. I will read the next book in the series too.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    I was so intrigued by the idea of a historical romance that began with the murder of a man who secretly had three wives. Each wife gets her own story of what happens in the aftermath of Jean Cuvier's death. This is the story of the first wife and legal wife, Marian Cuvier. My interest in the stories was rewarded when I delved into this one and discovered it was a truly good story. Marion had been married to Jean Cuvier for twelve years, but many of those years it had just been a marriage in name I was so intrigued by the idea of a historical romance that began with the murder of a man who secretly had three wives. Each wife gets her own story of what happens in the aftermath of Jean Cuvier's death. This is the story of the first wife and legal wife, Marian Cuvier. My interest in the stories was rewarded when I delved into this one and discovered it was a truly good story. Marion had been married to Jean Cuvier for twelve years, but many of those years it had just been a marriage in name only. She had long since the birth of her second child questioned why her husband lost interest in her and his family and what there was about her that drove him away. Learning of his murder and the existence of two more wives only compounded the pain for her. Now though, she must do what she can to secure for her children's future. Louis Fournier was the business partner of the enigmatic Jean Cuvier. He knew about Jean's cold marriage and all the women he took up with, but even he is surprised to learn that his partner lived more than a double life with two extra wives. Jean's death comes at a convenient time for Louis because he wants to sell out of the shipping business and take up as a businessman owning his own mill closer to home where he can work with, but not for his father and brother. The trouble is that the widow, Marion Cuvier, not only refuses to sell out, but she is determined to run her husband's half of the business that she inherited for her son. And let the acrimony begin- Louis plots to get rid of Marian and make her sell and she is equally determined to hold on to the shipping business as her family livelihood. Somewhere in the midst of all the scheming, the two of them find an attraction for each other. Though it all begins with an unsolved murder and the scandal of bigamy, the plot of the story focuses primarily on the troubles and romance of Marian and Louis. Just a few scenes involve the other wives and the murder investigation that considers the last wife, Layla, to be the main suspect. The 'woman in a man's world trying to do business' as well as the slow building romance were well written and enjoyable to read. Marian is a tough lady who is both genteel and sensual. I loved her character and cheered her on to the end. Louis took me a little while to warm up too because though I applauded his goal to want to show his dad that he was a worthy son, I still found that his conniving in the face of what Marian was dealing with hard to see. They were both troubled people, but Louis was the one who really needed to grow and he did- eventually. It was a wonderful read with heartwarming characters and I don't hesitate to recommend it to those who like some spice in their historical romance. I am definitely vested in the series and will go on to read about the other two Cuvier widows.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Thom Swennes

    Jean Curvier was dead, of that fact there was no doubt. Doubt surfaced when one questioned who caused his death and what motivated him in life. What would induce a man to marry three women at once? These matrimonial indiscretions were more than flights of fancy but devastating blows to all involved. Three widows Marian, Nicole and Layla were soon to mourn his life more than his death; two left penniless and all left clueless. How would they pick up the pieces of their damaged lives and carry on? Jean Curvier was dead, of that fact there was no doubt. Doubt surfaced when one questioned who caused his death and what motivated him in life. What would induce a man to marry three women at once? These matrimonial indiscretions were more than flights of fancy but devastating blows to all involved. Three widows Marian, Nicole and Layla were soon to mourn his life more than his death; two left penniless and all left clueless. How would they pick up the pieces of their damaged lives and carry on? Would the hurt and desolation wrought by this man ever be conquered? This is the first book of The Curvier Women Trilogy and covers the trials and tribulations of Marian Curvier, Jean’s first and only legal spouse. She is the mother of two children and is determined to fight for their inheritance and future. Louis Fournet is Jean’s business partner. Marian is determined to take an active role in the partnership, an act unheard of at this time. Louis has a double agenda; he is determined to sell Curvier Shipping and winning the heart and love of Marian. Self-doubting Marian proves herself a paragon in business and lovemaking. The reader hungrily reads how their infuriation turns to infatuation that changes to lust and finally transforms into love. Stripped of all her self-esteem, confidence and self-worth, Marian tries to make her mark in the world of business at the dawn of the Twentieth Century. I am looking forward to reading the remaining volumes of this series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    Kudos to the murderer A very different plot for a romance opens with a murder and the discovery that the deceased had 3 wives. This book focused on the first wife married 12 years and with 2 children. She finds herself fighting for control of her husband's business against his all too handsome rake of a partner. The characters are excellent. Their turmoil and motives complex. I can see this will be a great series and can't wait to find out who killed the dirty rat. Kudos to the murderer A very different plot for a romance opens with a murder and the discovery that the deceased had 3 wives. This book focused on the first wife married 12 years and with 2 children. She finds herself fighting for control of her husband's business against his all too handsome rake of a partner. The characters are excellent. Their turmoil and motives complex. I can see this will be a great series and can't wait to find out who killed the dirty rat.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    I really like this book I enjoyed this book and am very much a romantic. I like the fact that Marian was able to get past her first husbands betrayal. Louis is very good for her and her children. Good read going to read the other 2 books.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sheri Braddock

    Very good book Pulls the heartstrings in all directions. Ur mad then sad then happy then do it over again. You will ur own emotional battle within it time and again. But in the end love and trust truly conquer all. Loved it!!!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

    Sail back into romance Sylvia McDaniel brings passion and romance to life barely escaping flames in this tale. Fast paced and wonderfully addictive for every reader Marianne becomes a heroine from a scandalized widow. Dive into one of the best reads ever!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Teeters

    Good book I liked reading the book. It was a quick read and I like that the female had a strong personality.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Apple3as

    Love.... trust, love and betrayal, all wrapped up in one. this is a must read. the author way with words..... The Cuvier Women Trilogy is a must read!!!!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bj

    Free on Amazon as of 12/29/14!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rhona Duncan

    Love it Wanted more of an ending but good read anyway. It was really sweet want to know who killed jean Cuvier

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Christmann

    First I want to say that I absolutely loved the fact that there was quite a bit of humor mixed in with this historical romantic mystery. This book first finds Marian in the motel room where her husband, Jean had been found murdered. As if that isn't bad enough, she then finds out that she wasn't his only wife. In fact, there are two other wives, and that one of them is actually the suspect in her husbands murder. Now she must not only deal with the fact that her husband is dead, although their r First I want to say that I absolutely loved the fact that there was quite a bit of humor mixed in with this historical romantic mystery. This book first finds Marian in the motel room where her husband, Jean had been found murdered. As if that isn't bad enough, she then finds out that she wasn't his only wife. In fact, there are two other wives, and that one of them is actually the suspect in her husbands murder. Now she must not only deal with the fact that her husband is dead, although their relationship in her mind, had already been dead, for much of the twelve years that they'd been married, but she must also deal with the her late husband's estate and his other two wives. Marian discovers that she is actually the legal wife and that her and her children will be taken care of. She is actually given Jean's half of the shipping company to run along side of his business partner, Louis. Louis, as well as most others, don't think that it's a woman's place to run a business, but that she should actually be at home taking care of her children and the household. Marian is determined to show them otherwise! Sadly enough, Jeans' death couldn't have come at a better time in the eyes of Louis, as he is trying to get out of the shipping business and wants to sell his half. He figures that he can easily talk Marian into selling her half of the business, because he assumes that she thinks the same way as he does, that a woman would want nothing to do with running a business. But, he ends up just as surprised as he is wrong in this assumption. While Marian and Louis are forced to work together, they actually start to fall for each other. They are both very surprised by this very fact, and try to go against their feelings at first. But, as you and I know, this so often doesn't work. The way Sylvia McDaniels writes is amazing. I loved the way Marian and Louis go about slowly growing their relationship. I don't want to give anymore of this book away, but I do want to recommend it to you with high regards.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Carter

    This is a turn of the century mystery romance. The setting is New Orleans. There are three women involved and their husband has been murdered. These women all have a book/ story of their own. The first on focuses on the legal wife, her children, and her husband's business partner. This heroine is Marian and the hero is Louis. The story has interesting historical facts add in, one that Creole women ran businesses and managed their families money. Our heroine is not Creole and therefore faced with This is a turn of the century mystery romance. The setting is New Orleans. There are three women involved and their husband has been murdered. These women all have a book/ story of their own. The first on focuses on the legal wife, her children, and her husband's business partner. This heroine is Marian and the hero is Louis. The story has interesting historical facts add in, one that Creole women ran businesses and managed their families money. Our heroine is not Creole and therefore faced with the social stigma of running her husband's business. There is mention of a Creole custom of taking guests into the house through the woman's bedroom. Louis' bed is referred to as a "plantation bed". There is an early glimpse of Marian's character when she tells another woman about Louis' "accident". I laughed out loud. The romance between Louis and Marian is resolved. The mystery concerning the bigamist dead husband is not. Yes, I will be getting the other two books to see how those wives fare and who the murder is.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tia

    Marian Cuvier finds herself tossed into the deep end when her husband's infidelity makes front page news. She takes up his position at the family company to provide for her children. This is unheard of in 1895 and creates enmity with her employees, customers, and her partner Louis. Thing is Louis wants her out of the company, but in his bed. How to have his desert and eat it too? Marian Cuvier finds herself tossed into the deep end when her husband's infidelity makes front page news. She takes up his position at the family company to provide for her children. This is unheard of in 1895 and creates enmity with her employees, customers, and her partner Louis. Thing is Louis wants her out of the company, but in his bed. How to have his desert and eat it too?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Eikenberry-Deary

    Betrayals and love Marian found out on the same day her husband was killed he had 2 other wives. One is being questioned as his killer. Because he owned a shipping business his partner and his 1st wife would be partners. Through this business relationship their lives would change. Neither one could imagine the life changes.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tonya VanWinkle

    Intriguing It took me a bit to get into this story and I found myself skipping over some descriptions, but all in all I enjoyed the story and will most likely read book 2. Thank you for writing and sharing it with me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Dougherty

    Enjoyable I really enjoyed the storyline. A great book for a lighthearted summer read. One that I found hard to put down. I definitely would recommend reading. I will look into other stories written by Sylvia McDaniel.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Darlene Mcpherson

    Not the most intriguing book i have ever read. But it held my interest. I wondered whether Louis would disappear after he tried to sell the shipping company out from under Marion. You have to read it to find out!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Queen Talk Talk

    Strong women can be fragile. Not your typical Southern romance. Well written period piece about a time when being called an American man was an insult. Creole women really did make business decisions and men made foolish ones.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anita Hargreaves

    Sweet read Now and then, from enjoying Thrillers, paranormal books I love a good historic romance, knowing a smile will be the outcome to a book

  21. 5 out of 5

    Beverly Kee

    Loved this book! What a neat story! I loved the whole story line though I was ready to clobber him for being so self centered a couple of times! Going to have to read the next two!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    Betrayal, humiliation, shock, Marian Cuvier felt all these things. In a marriage for 12 years and knowing that her husband had not been a faithful man, she never dreamed that he could have been capable of this last blow to her heart and her womanhood. He’s dead! What happened? Who could have done this thing? These were all questions she had to ask herself. Then the big blow hits her square in the face. He had two other wives’s. How is this possible? Her husband was a bigamist. Marian was a strong Betrayal, humiliation, shock, Marian Cuvier felt all these things. In a marriage for 12 years and knowing that her husband had not been a faithful man, she never dreamed that he could have been capable of this last blow to her heart and her womanhood. He’s dead! What happened? Who could have done this thing? These were all questions she had to ask herself. Then the big blow hits her square in the face. He had two other wives’s. How is this possible? Her husband was a bigamist. Marian was a strong woman, she had two kids to think about; she had to protect from the horrific scandal that would surely follow her husband’s death. She steps into a man’s world and takes over her husband’s half of Cuvier Shipping. She has become a working woman, something unheard of in 1895; women didn’t do these kinds of things. But she had to; she had to secure the financial stability for herself and her children. But stepping into this world meant a whole lot of changes in her life, despite all the press about her husband’s death she has just compounded the situation working in a shipping office full of men and Louis. Louis Fournet, her husband’s business partner in Cuvier Shipping is a handsome man in his thirty’s, wants out. Hell, the only reason he invested in the shipping company in the first place was because his friend Jean was desperate for funds in fear of going broke and losing the company. But Louis want his own company, he wants to sell Cuvier Shipping, and now his widow Marian has decided and took upon herself to insinuate herself in the shipping office. This is unheard of; it’s a travesty he wants no part of. But Marion is determined to oversee her half of the company and he soon learns that Marion isn’t going anywhere, she’s one determined lady and smart too. Huh, go figure that, a smart woman with a head for business. Over the coming months he learns a whole lot about Marion, her strengths, weaknesses and fears. But is Louis any better than his partner Jean? He seeks and is determined to undermine Marion and sell the shipping company underneath her just to satisfy his own wants and dreams. Sounds like an asshole to me and no better than his partner. But as fate has it, Louis’s life is about to take a big nose dive straight into the arms of the very woman he’s trying to screw. And I don’t mean in the lovin’ way. This overall was a good book, it did get a little slow at one point but the author picked up the pace again and the story unfolded. The telling of this story was a good one; the characters were well rounded and spoke to the author. You could relate to Marion with all her fears of not being a real woman, why else would her husband have taken 2 other wives. Was she not good enough as a woman to please him sexually? Was she not attractive? How many of us women have been there before? If we were truly honest with ourselves, probably all of us at some point in our tender love life. And Louis, well sometimes I just wanted to reach in and jackslap him for all his underhandedness towards Marion. The love scenes were very tasteful, well written and believable. The courting, when Louis tries to get Marion to marry him to get control of the shipping company was very thoughtful and you can tell the author is a romantic at heart. There was not a lot of humor in the book to speak of; it was more of a serious book I thought. The editing was good; I only found one sentience that was lacking in the proper grammatical sense. So, what happens with Marion? Does she restore her faith in her womanhood? Is she capable of attracting a man? Is she laking in bed? You’ll have to read this one to find out all these answers. All in all I enjoyed reading this one. I liked the author’s style of writing and her romanticism that she portrays throughout the story. There was only one scenario in the book that the author did not relay to us readers, I wish she would have. It leaves you hanging out there on a limb, but I can’t tell you what that one is it would give away too much of the story. So, you’ll have to find out on your own. Sorry ladies, I’m sure she will address this scene in one of her other copies in the Cuvier Wife’s series. I give this book an RT rating of four hearts and the cover five diamonds. I liked the cover it was pretty and in context with the author’s story line. And I do want to read the additional books in this series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Marian is a young married woman living in New Orleans. She finds out early on that her husband has been murdered. When she goes to the scene of the crime, she's shocked to learn that there are two other woman claiming to be her husband's wife. Since she was his first wife, his will leaves everything to her and her two children, but her name and her husband's company have been stamped by the scandalous affair. For a good part of the story, Marian wonders what could have drove her husband to take Marian is a young married woman living in New Orleans. She finds out early on that her husband has been murdered. When she goes to the scene of the crime, she's shocked to learn that there are two other woman claiming to be her husband's wife. Since she was his first wife, his will leaves everything to her and her two children, but her name and her husband's company have been stamped by the scandalous affair. For a good part of the story, Marian wonders what could have drove her husband to take on two other wives and wonders if it was because he no longer found her attractive after she had children. Determined to provide for her children, she takes up her husband's shipping business and must deal with his very unwelcoming partner, Louis. Louis believes Marian has no place in the business world and tries to force her out of the only living she has left. As the two quarrel over company decisions and fight for acceptance amongst their workers, sparks begin to fly. It's a love story through and through. While I liked the story and would have given it 4 stars, I am prepared to explain why I bumped it down to 3. The book ended before we ever learned who killed Marian's husband. The entire book mentions an upcoming trial, the accused woman pleads that she's innocent, somebody clearly poisoned the man and left three woman and two children without a provider, and the story ends without the final verdict spoken and the real killer in jail. (Perhaps the killer is revealed in the continuing books in the series, but it made this character's conclusion seem "un-concluded". While she may no longer care about how her cheating husband was murdered, at the very least, her children deserve justice and closure for their "Papa".) I also didn't like how many grammatical errors were in the kindle edition. It felt like halfway through the story the editor just didn't care to fix them anymore. Words were missing that would have make the sentence make sense. Sentences ran together when there should have been a period. Once Louis had a two sided conversation before I realized that another character was providing the responding dialogue. It took the ease of reading away from the story and made me feel like I had to concentrate more on the words and text. Imagination does't respond well to that.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lynelle Clark

    Interesting plot that would make the series The Curvier Widows a good and memorable read, highly recommended to all lovers of a good romance mixed with suspense. Jean Curvier was found dead in a hotel room, his young bride the obvious suspect in the room with him then came the twist as two other women also known as Mrs. Curvier stepped in. This immediately set the pace for the first book in the series Wronged. Marian Curvier the official Curvier widow according to the law is left behind with all Interesting plot that would make the series The Curvier Widows a good and memorable read, highly recommended to all lovers of a good romance mixed with suspense. Jean Curvier was found dead in a hotel room, his young bride the obvious suspect in the room with him then came the twist as two other women also known as Mrs. Curvier stepped in. This immediately set the pace for the first book in the series Wronged. Marian Curvier the official Curvier widow according to the law is left behind with all the mess, sorting out the failing business as well with two small children, seeking answers and been harassed by children who had no idea what the truth was. Her distrust in men was turned to her dead husband's partner Louis Fournet. This lead to interesting scenario's through out the story line. Since she did not trust him she decided to be part of the business during a time that women simply did not work. Creating quite a stir in the business and with the community. Strong willed, stubborn and very determined to know the shipping business she settled into her husband's old office and since Louis and the staff did not want to help her she turned to all the ledgers. Spending her days familiarizing her self with the ins and outs and at the end because of this knowledge she faced furious clients and staff making sound decisions that was beneficial to all involved. This turned the staff in her favor and she was accepted as a real partner. Louis Fournet had his own agenda, trying to convince Marian to sell the business to begin his own dream he did everything in his power to side track this strong woman but found himself more intrigued with this determined young widow. Soon sparks flew and romance blossomed between the two as they both came to terms with the past. Becoming the healing balm to a crushed spirit. All the characters in the story had their own personality that complimented the two main characters, highlighting them as believable people. Beautifully written, faced pace with moments of laughter and passion mixed into the plot to keep it entertaining as it unfolds page upon page. But the question remained who killed Jean Curvier?

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    First I want to say that I absolutely loved the fact that there was quite a bit of humor mixed in with this historical romantic mystery. This book first finds Marian in the motel room where her husband, Jean had been found murdered. As if that isn't bad enough, she then finds out that she wasn't his only wife. In fact, there are two other wives, and that one of them is actually the suspect in her husbands murder. Now she must not only deal with the fact that her husband is dead, although their r First I want to say that I absolutely loved the fact that there was quite a bit of humor mixed in with this historical romantic mystery. This book first finds Marian in the motel room where her husband, Jean had been found murdered. As if that isn't bad enough, she then finds out that she wasn't his only wife. In fact, there are two other wives, and that one of them is actually the suspect in her husbands murder. Now she must not only deal with the fact that her husband is dead, although their relationship in her mind, had already been dead, for much of the twelve years that they'd been married, but she must also deal with the her late husband's estate and his other two wives. Marian discovers that she is actually the legal wife and that her and her children will be taken care of. She is actually given Jean's half of the shipping company to run along side of his business partner, Louis. Louis, as well as most others, don't think that it's a woman's place to run a business, but that she should actually be at home taking care of her children and the household. Marian is determined to show them otherwise! Sadly enough, Jeans' death couldn't have come at a better time in the eyes of Louis, as he is trying to get out of the shipping business and wants to sell his half. He figures that he can easily talk Marian into selling her half of the business, because he assumes that she thinks the same way as he does, that a woman would want nothing to do with running a business. But, he ends up just as surprised as he is wrong in this assumption. While Marian and Louis are forced to work together, they actually start to fall for each other. They are both very surprised by this very fact, and try to go against their feelings at first. But, as you and I know, this so often doesn't work. The way Sylvia McDaniels writes is amazing. I loved the way Marian and Louis go about slowly growing their relationship. I don't want to give anymore of this book away, but I do want to recommend it to you with high regards.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    Marian is called to a Hotel in New Orleans, her husband is dead. Although, they are still married, their relationship is almost nonexistent. The real surprise is there are now two Cuvier wives...and then three. Can't even imagine, how does one man keep track of three wives? Without the others knowing of each other? Then on top of three wives, they find out that their husband Jean, has been murdered. Marian has been married to Jean for twelve years, and has two children by him. It turns out that Marian is called to a Hotel in New Orleans, her husband is dead. Although, they are still married, their relationship is almost nonexistent. The real surprise is there are now two Cuvier wives...and then three. Can't even imagine, how does one man keep track of three wives? Without the others knowing of each other? Then on top of three wives, they find out that their husband Jean, has been murdered. Marian has been married to Jean for twelve years, and has two children by him. It turns out that she is his legal wife. When the will is read, the other two wives Layla and Nicole, are left nothing. Turns out Jean is a rat, for lack of better words. Marian is left her husbands share of the Shipping Business, the other half belongs to his partner Louis Fournet. A very handsome man, who really wants to sell the business. Marian appears at work, and all are shocked...women stay home and take care of the home! They do not belong in business. Louis goes about trying to persuade Marian to sell, he is also very attracted to her. Louis is a playboy...he has woman dropping into the office all the time. You will be laughing hysterically, when one of them comes in and he asks Marian to tell her he isn't there! Sooooo funny! Will Marian be able to trust another man after Jean, and the way he treated her. Her Children are being taunted by others, they make remarks about their father having three wives. I enjoyed the late 1890's look at LA, and life at that time, the only problem I had with the book was some graphic sex. I got passed that, and enjoyed the story. We are also left with a lot on unanswered, but the answers are to come in two additional books, each focused on Jean's other two wives. I received this book through Innovative On Line Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elayne

    Wronged : The Cuvier Widows Well and how many widows can a man have? In this case it turns out to be more than one.... But before we come to that we need to address the misogynists of the Victorian era. It was common in New Orleans for Creole women to run a business but not for the ‘white’ western women and when widow number 1 – Marian suggested that she might want to be involved in running the business that her husband had left in her hands as a legacy for their son, well, it was not approved of – Wronged : The Cuvier Widows Well and how many widows can a man have? In this case it turns out to be more than one.... But before we come to that we need to address the misogynists of the Victorian era. It was common in New Orleans for Creole women to run a business but not for the ‘white’ western women and when widow number 1 – Marian suggested that she might want to be involved in running the business that her husband had left in her hands as a legacy for their son, well, it was not approved of – at all. A stunned expression appeared on her husband’s partner’s face... – he said ‘ Need I remind you that you are in mourning? It is improper for you to leave the house, let alone go to work each day.’ It was scandalous that she should want to be involved in business - especially shipping. And it was likely, according to Mr Fournet her husband’s partner – to cause the collapse of the company! Women, he thought, tainted a man’s thought processes. Women should think of their husband as the king of the world. But he also admitted that men who cheat on their wives don’t need a reason. They cheat because they want to. Thus Marian learns about her husband and how he ran the business and just what he really did with his life – all of which came as rather a shock to her, as she had been kept ignorant of his business as she looked after their children at home. This book takes a look at the way men operated in the patriarchal society of the deep South in the US in the late 1900s and shows us that it was possible, if unusual, for a strong minded woman to take control of her life and business successfully. So a well written view into Victorian values and behaviours with an unusual story-line.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pat aka Tygyr

    This is book 1 in the Cuvier Women Trilogy. New Orleans 1895 Marian Cuvier has been married to Jean for 12 years and they have 2 children. Jean is found dead in a hotel. At the wake held at Jean & Marian's home, Jean's business partner introduces himself. Louis Fournet wants to discuss with her the business which he plans to sell. She just needs to sign the papers and receive 1/2 the proceeds of the sale. When they meet to discuss it, Marian informs him that she wishes to keep the business as her This is book 1 in the Cuvier Women Trilogy. New Orleans 1895 Marian Cuvier has been married to Jean for 12 years and they have 2 children. Jean is found dead in a hotel. At the wake held at Jean & Marian's home, Jean's business partner introduces himself. Louis Fournet wants to discuss with her the business which he plans to sell. She just needs to sign the papers and receive 1/2 the proceeds of the sale. When they meet to discuss it, Marian informs him that she wishes to keep the business as her son's legacy. Deciding she cannot trust Louis, she does the unthinkable and goes to the docks to work at her and Louis's shipping business. The all male work force is shocked and no one wants to help her. So she sets out reading files on the clients, their payment schedules, etc. No matter how hard Louis tries to get her to leave, she continues and slowly earns the trust of the men working there. Meanwhile Louis finds her distracting and can't get his own work done. He decides if she marries him the business will be all his and he could sell it. So he sets out to woo her. Marian slowly falls in love with Louis, but she starts finding more and more things he has lied to her about. Their break up is loud and at work. That's the 1st the workers hear that Louis wants to sell the business, probably costing them their jobs. Louis can't sell the business and he's lost Marian. What now? Can he keep working with her? Marian must get past her pain at Louis's betrayal and go on some how earning a living for her children. They have to come first. Will she ever be able to trust a man again?

  29. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    One of the few books I've rated with 1 star. There isn't one thing I liked. The romance was poorly built, the drama and thrill of the murder got pushed back and forgoten, the dialogue was choppy and weird. The characters were unlikeable, their motivations unrealistic, to say the least. The setting was described in too long and boring paragraphs, the so-called "hot" scenes made me feel uncomfortable in a bad way so I pretty much skipped all after it became obvious they were trying for "hot". It w One of the few books I've rated with 1 star. There isn't one thing I liked. The romance was poorly built, the drama and thrill of the murder got pushed back and forgoten, the dialogue was choppy and weird. The characters were unlikeable, their motivations unrealistic, to say the least. The setting was described in too long and boring paragraphs, the so-called "hot" scenes made me feel uncomfortable in a bad way so I pretty much skipped all after it became obvious they were trying for "hot". It was NOT. The thinking of the main characters was identical, they had no identifiable "voice". The way all the things got "pushed away", "gotten over", "pushed out", every other page when the hero or heroine (Sorry, but 20 minutes after finishing this book, the names keep slipping away ...) thought it convenient, became annoying and frustrated me to the last page. I will not go into the unsolved murder rant I have planned. But I also won't search for another book in this series ... Waiste of some good hours I could have spent doing something pleasant.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    This is an okay read. It is an historical roman. She finds out after her husband was murdered she wasn't his only wife, but she was his first so she gets everything,, including his shipping company. In those days women don't work, but she wants to be involved in the company for her son. She meets her partner, doesn't trust him, but feels attracted to him. But more than once he keeps things from her. How this will end? For that you have to read the book. If your into strong women and a man making mis This is an okay read. It is an historical roman. She finds out after her husband was murdered she wasn't his only wife, but she was his first so she gets everything,, including his shipping company. In those days women don't work, but she wants to be involved in the company for her son. She meets her partner, doesn't trust him, but feels attracted to him. But more than once he keeps things from her. How this will end? For that you have to read the book. If your into strong women and a man making mistakes this is your book to read.

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