HIS CALIFORNIAN COUNTESS
A mistaken identity and a deathbed promise throw two strangers into marriage and mayhem. Welsh's latest is
a heartwarming novel about greed, revenge, love and desire.
Jamie Reynolds, the Earl of Adair, is on the trail of a missing heiress whom honor demands he marry. He tracks her down to a ship bound for California, only to fall ill and under the care of the impostor.
Amber Dodd's greatest adventure turns into her worst nightmare. She flirts with a handsome gentleman who turns out to be her friend's nemesis, nurses him when he falls ill, then marries him when he's at death's door. But her new husband recovers, and the newlyweds spend the voyage consummating their marriage. Amber is now a wife, a mother and the target of a madman bent on revenge. (HARLEQUIN, Apr., 288 pp., $5.99)