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MASTERING THE MARQUESS
Genre: Regency Period, Historical Romance, England
Kelly's suspenseful and entertaining debut is a Regency romance with some gothic elements. The novel is a study in contrasts, and the main characters are well developed and supported by engaging secondary characters. Although some of the plot is a little too dramatic to be believable, the story is fast paced and difficult to put down.
Stepsisters Meredith and Annabel live quietly in the country with their aunt and uncle. But soon, Annabel becomes very ill, and Meredith is told she must marry her cousin Jacob or Annabel will be placed in a sanitarium. The sisters escape to London and beg for help from Annabel's estranged grandparents. As the two girls become immersed in London society, their lives continue to be in danger. Annabel's cousin Lord Stephen Silverton finds himself increasingly attracted to Meredith, despite their differences in station. But Silverton knows he won't win Meredith's hand until he can put a stop to the threats on her life. (ZEBRA, Apr., 352 pp., $3.99)
Reviewed By: Linda Roberts
Published: April 2009