THE ADMIRAL'S PENNILESS BRIDE
Kelly’s passion for historical romance is evident in this sweet entry to the genre. The author imbues her story with humor, romance and tenderness, and history buffs will enjoy this look at Regency England set far from the London social season.
The war with France is over and the London “season” is in full swing. On the coast in Plymouth, however, times are hard. The economy, which was boosted by the war effort, has declined and many are out of work. Recently retired Admiral Charles Bright has returned after years at war. He’s driven to distraction by the efforts of his sisters to find him a wife. Sally Paul is a widow whose husband committed suicide five years earlier when he was unjustly accused of a crime against the Navy. She’s out of work and down to her last farthing when she meets the admiral, who offers her a marriage of convenience. Sally reluctantly agrees. The two settle into the admiral’s newly purchased estate and they grow to love each other. But Sally fears the secret of her past will eventually ruin her new life. (HARLEQUIN, Jan, 316 pp., $5.99)