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by Julia Quinn

Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: Regency England


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William Dunford is shocked when he finds out he has inherited an estate in Cornwall. As the new Lord Stannage, he sets out to inspect his inheritance. Little does he expect to find the love of his life.

Henrietta Barrett has been overseeing Stannage Park for the past six years. After the old lord's wife's death, "young Henry" had been left in charge. She believes the new lord will marry her off, forcing her to leave her beloved home.

"Henry" hopes to run Dunford off, despite his dashing good looks and reckless charm. Dunford, however, is onto her ploy and inwardly laughs and groans at her hilarious antics.

Calling a truce, Henry apologizes for her behavior and the two of them become the best of friends. When a copy of the will arrives, Dunford discovers that Henry is his ward. Appalled by his unguardian-like feelings, Dunford sets out to make amends, offering her a season in London.

What ensues is a hilarious adventure into London's high society whereby Henry sets out to win the ton's heart with her refreshing views on life, becoming the "Incomparable" of the season.

The lovable rake Dunford from Ms. Quinn's first two books meet his match at last. Refreshing, hilarious and brimming with witty repartee, MINX will tickle your funny bone and warm your heart. SENSUAL (Sept., 346 pp., $5.50)

Reviewed By: Lizabelle Cox

Publisher: Avon

Published: September 1996

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Submitted by Robin in PA on May 23, 2010 - 6:47pm.

William Dunford is shocked to learn he has inherited a title, property, and ward. On his visit to his new home in Cornwall, he finds Henrietta Barrett to be very unique. She single-handedly manages the estate, wears men's clothing, and calls herself "Henry". She's also afraid Dunford will try to take her home away from her, so she decides to drive him away instead.

This book had a fantastic start. Henry comes up with all sorts of plans to make Dunford think that country life is not for him. I found the story very amusing. The only drawback (and the reason I can't give this one 5 Stars), is the Big Misunderstanding in the last 50 pages of the book. Still, a great read. My rating: 4.5 Stars.