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With the debut of this series last month, Allen created interest in the three daughters of a country vicar who dream of finding love. Those satisfied with the first sister’s journey to love will be intrigued at how different the second installment is from that adventurous tale. The calmer, quieter setting and characters make this story almost the complete opposite.

Left to care for her cantankerous father, lonely Arabella is an easy target for roguish Rafe’s seduction. His promises to return and marry Arabella keep her glowing with happiness until she finds herself pregnant. Her only choice is to travel to Rafe’s home and demand he provide for his child. Elliott, Viscount Hadleigh is not shocked by his brother’s perfidy, but with Rafe dead he takes full responsibility for his brother’s action and proposes to Arabella. Arabella struggles to fit into an aristocratic lifestyle, but more so she resists her growing attraction to her husband. Elliott fights his raging desire for her love. Their failure to communicate their true feelings outside the bedroom causes a rift. Will this mismatched couple find a lasting love that matches their passion? (HARLEQUIN, Sep., 300 pp., $6.25)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin