MISS WINTHORPE'S ELOPEMENT
Romances about marriages of convenience set in Regency England are always popular. Merrill's delicious keeper will ensnare readers with its authentic dialogue and and unrequited love.
Old maid Penelope Winthorpe just wants to be left alone with her books. But to keep her brother from her inheritance, Penny decides to find a husband who will let her live her own life in return for access to her money. Fate throws a candidate in front of her carriage, and Penny rescues the drunken sod and elopes with him. But her new husband is Adam Felkirk, the Duke of Bellston, and as the new duchess, she has to take her place among the ton. But before they start their separate lives, his ex-lover sabotages them at every turn. Soon their united front becomes very real, as does their marriage. (HARLEQUIN, Mar., 281 pp., $5.99)