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THE LADY FORFEITS
Genre: Regency Period, Historical Romance, England
The eldest of the Copeland sisters, Diana, has set out to find a life of her own, and Mortimer develops her story by centering on the slowly building relationship that becomes a grand passion. This book would be a typical romance, but by adding the strong themes of family and loyalty, she shifts her novel into something with an underlying power that touches the heart.
Like her sisters, Diana Copeland has fled her home for fear of their guardian’s intent, but instead of hiding she is ready to face Gabriel Faulkner, the Earl of Westbourne, head on. When she does it is attraction at first sight, though neither will admit it. Diana agrees to a betrothal to Gabriel if he will help her find her sisters, who are somewhere in London. They hunt her siblings through ballrooms and soirées, and though they appear to have disappeared the desire between Diana and Gabriel grows. Estranged from his family because of a long-ago scandal, Gabriel refuses to visit his frail mother. Knowing the importance of family Diana takes a chance and goes to Gabriel’s ancestral home. When he follows they uncover vicious relatives, an old flame and several surprises. (HARLEQUIN, Dec., 300 pp., $6.25)
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Published: December 2011