FROM RUIN TO RICHES
For those who adore a marriage-of-convenience love story, Allen’s latest — with its sweet romance, appealing characters and solid Regency-era atmosphere — will charm. Allen uses tried-and-true genre plot twists to their fullest and, though there are no surprises, readers will enjoy the tale.
Following a foolish elopement, Julia Prior realizes her fiancé is nothing but a cad and she’s forced to drive him off with a poker. She is fleeing the scene when she encounters William Hadfield, Lord Dereham. Will is sick, and desperate to find a wife who will care for his estate after his death. Julia is ideal. Shortly after their marriage, Will leaves to travel and enjoy the time he has left. For three years, Julia lives quietly in the country and then Will comes home: hale, hearty and ready to be her husband. When Julia’s secrets threaten to destroy her new life, she must trust a man she barely knows. (HARLEQUIN, Jan., 288 pp., $6.50)