With her talent for writing powerful love stories and masterful plotting, Beverley delivers the latest addition to her Malloren World series. She incorporates an old family feud, a curse and a bit of political intrigue along with a few characters from her earlier books in this emotional, sensual and highly satisfying historical romance.

Peregrine Perriam enjoys the life he leads in London and has no desire to marry. But that changes when he is named heir to Perriam Manor. His cousin’s will states that Perry must marry Miss Claris Mallow within the month and reside at the Manor for 30 days each year. Failure to abide by these terms will result in the loss of Perriam Manor to Perry’s family and the curse that bedeviled Giles will fall on Perry and his line. Unfortunately, Perry’s first meeting with the rebellious, pistol-waving Claris does not go well. She likes her independence and has no wish to marry. After he explains the details of the will, Claris accepts his offer. But it is to be a marriage in name only. As their friendship progresses, it soon turns into something more — but a broken promise threatens to destroy what they’ve just found. (SIGNET SELECT, Aug., 432 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Joan Hammond