THE IMPOSTOR PRINCE
As in the classic The Prince and the Pauper, Crosby brings look-alikes --
an outlaw and the other heir -- to a throne together, switching places and
setting things to rights in a lighthearted, enjoyable, quick read.
When Ian MacEwen
stops the coach and finds his
double, Prince Merrick of Meridian, inside, he assumes his identity to
find out what the prince wants with
his mother. As he hightails it off to
London, his coach runs down Claire Wentworth.
Near penniless, Claire is at her wit's end when she's struck down. Ian's honor cannot allow him to leave her unattended and convinces Claire to be a guest in his home. The charade continues as Ian tries to understand what it's like to be the heir to a throne, help his friends and family in Scotland, then reunite his mother and father. But that's nothing compared to falling in love with Claire and finding a way to convince her that he's more than he seems. (Harlequin, Sep., 296 pp., $5.50)