MARRYING THE ROYAL MARINE
Readers fascinated with military history will easily become immersed in Kelly’s story, set during the Peninsula campaign. The graphic details of the guerrilla-style war fought in Portugal and the historical backdrop carry the novel far more than her two-dimensional characters, or the light romance between them.
Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Junot, a royal marine, is sent to the Peninsula
to investigate an incident that resulted in hundreds of deaths. On board the ship he meets Polly Barton, who is on her way to her sister’s to tend the ill and dying. When he cares for her through a violent bout of seasickness, Hugh realizes she is a woman of courage. But it isn’t until they are captured by French guerrillas and forced to pose as man and wife that he realizes she is the woman for him. Who else would have the stamina to ford rivers, ride horseback on dangerous trails and keep one step ahead of the enemy? If only they survive he would make her his true wife. (HARLEQUIN, Jun.,
280 pp., $5.99)