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THE BRIDE WORE PEARLS
Genre: Historical Romance, England, Victorian Period
Readers introduced to the secret St. James Society and Lady Anisha Stafford in Carlyle’s previous novels have eagerly awaited this story. Carlyle allows her well-drawn characters and the exploration of their motivation to drive the plot more than the suspense aspects of the storyline, slowing the pace. Readers may find the rush to the dénouement a surprising twist, unlike her usual style, yet still more than satisfying.
After her husband’s death, Lady Anisha Stafford leaves India for England. To make a safe home for her sons, she needs the help of the Guardians of St. James Society. Rance Welham, the Earl of Lazonby and a Guardian, is a man used to crossing the lines of the law. But protecting Anisha may be more dangerous than any scandalous act he’s committed. It takes several years for Anisha and Rance to build a relationship beyond simple friendship. Caught up in the Society’s mechanisms, and with treacherous secrets surrounding them, Anisha and Rance discover a dangerous passion that leads to peril and surprising truths. (AVON, Aug., 432 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Published: August 2012