THE CHAPERON BRIDE
The widowed Lady Annis Wycherley is employed as an escort to spoiled society misses. After a very unhappy first marriage, she has no plans to ever wed again. Then she meets Lord Adam Ashwick, a widower who had a very happy marriage. Adam too didn't think he would ever wish to marry againuntil he meets Annis. Now he must convince her that marriage to him would be a good thing.
Will being caught in a compromising position and forcing her to choose between marriage and a ruined reputation destroy his chance of proving his love? And will the machinations of Mr. Ingram, bent on blackmail to get what he wants, destroy their families?
Skillfully crafted, this is a refreshing Regency romance and an agreeable tale of two people with very different experiences of marriage. The heroine finds that you don't have to be alone to be independent, and the hero discovers that love can happen a second time. Together they prove that the bad guy doesn't always win, and faith in family can be well placed. SWEET (Feb., 304 pp., $5.25)