IN THE ARMS OF THE HEIRESS
With the start of the Ladies Unlaced series, Robinson takes on turn-of-the-century England and the delightful concept of an heiress in search of freedom who discovers the wonder of love with a most unconventional ex-soldier. These endearing and appealing characters capture readers’ hearts, but it is the underlying humor of the story and the charming secondary characters that ensure a marvelous read.
Louisa Stratton has been living life just as she wants, free from family constraints. But when she is to return home for the holidays, Louisa needs to find a man to pose as the husband she invented for propriety’s sake. Boer War hero Charles Cooper is at the bottom of the bottle, haunted by memories of the war and its aftermath, when he accepts a position as Louisa’s “husband” for a month. The problem is pretending to be the smart, sensual Louisa’s spouse — especially after they share the pleasures of the marriage bed. The honor Charles thought long buried is rekindled, and Louisa’s love and faith in him gives them the courage to fight for a new life together. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Jul., 300 pp., $7.99)