In the first of her Abandoned at the Altar trilogy spinning off from the Bachelor Girl Chronicles, Guhrke captures the nuances of the Gilded Age through perfectly pitched dialogue, social graces and the burgeoning of the liberated woman. She takes the concept of a second chance at love to a new level and creates a deep-sigh romance that wins hearts and minds.

Six years ago Lady Beatrix Danbury was abandoned by her fiancé, William, Duke of Sutherland, two weeks before their wedding after she refused to accompany him to Egypt on a dig for King Tut’s tomb. Though they’d been childhood sweethearts and very much in love, Beatrix couldn’t leave England and Will couldn’t stay.

Now, as she’s ready to marry another, Will returns, forcing her to question everything about her always dutiful, ever-perfect life. Will decides to win her back. With an entire month at a house party in Cornwall to “court” Beatrix, Will gently and lovingly shows her what she gave up and what she might have if she can put love before everything else. (AVON, Jan., 382 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin