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THE PENNILESS BRIDE
Genre: Historical Romance
Robert, Earl of Selborne, returns
His grandmother's will says that Robert will inherit the money necessary to restore the family estate only if he remains celibate for 100 days after the reading of her will.
The only woman at his cousin's wedding who interests him is Miss Jemima Jewell, the chimney sweep's daughter, who's selling her kisses among the guests for good luck. Jemima wants to escape an arranged marriage, so when Robert proposes they wed in name only, then annul after 100 days, she accepts, though she has little hope that things will work out. But it's not long before sparks fly, and Robert finds it hard to fulfill his grandmother's codicil or his promise to annul the union.
There's an entertaining subplot involving Jem's bad-boy brother, and
Reviewed By: Gerry Benninger
Published: October 2004