MARRIAGE OF MERCY
Kelly brings a different aspect of the Regency era to light: that of the Americans fighting in the War of 1812. The plight of these prisoners, and the attitudes and lives of the common Englishman, are the focal points of a lovely romance. Readers yearning for a “new” Regency will enjoy this story.
A surprise bequest makes baker’s assistant Grace a wealthy woman, but the inheritance is contingent upon her caring for her benefactor’s illegitimate son — an American prisoner of war. When her dying charge requests she choose another, she picks injured ship’s navigator Rob Inman. Her little village is aghast, but as Rob heals and begins working in the bakery, the loyalists warm to the “colonial.” As their relationship grows, his thoughts change — and so do Grace’s. She now dreams of a home and bakery in America. However, others are determined to destroy their love and unmask Rob as an imposter. (HARLEQUIN, Jun., 284 pp., $6.25)