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Sara Patterson, granddaughter of the richest man in England, is a
golden girl. Or at least that is how she appears to Anthony Selbourne, the impoverished Duke of Cheviot. The marriage he proposes to Sarah is very simple: she will bring him millions and he will make her a duchess. It seems to him a perfectly satisfactory match.
There is only one catch. Sarah doesnt give a damn about being a duchess. Nor does she care all that much about money. All that Sarah wants is the freedom to paint. So Anthony has to find some bait other than his ancient name and great position to lure Sarah into a marriage with him.
Most love stories end in marriage, but I adore stories about marriages of convenience, which work in the opposite order. In a novel about a marriage of convenience, marriage comes first and love comes second. Set in the Regency period, GOLDEN GIRL is such a novel.
This is the first book I have done for Warner that I have written in the third-person point of view. I had a great deal of fun doing the earlier first person books. To me, the delight of reading a first-person novel is the strength of the voice and the immediacy of the connection you make with the main character. The limitation, however, is obvious. There is only one set of eyes through which the events of the novel are viewed, and I knew that GOLDEN GIRL required a wider screen.
In fact, there are three main characters through whose viewpoint the story of Golden Girl is told. First there is Sarah, a middle-class girl, grandaughter of the Cotton King, who finds herself married to one of the highest-born aristocrats in all of England. Not only is Anthony a duke, he is also a war hero and the most beautiful young man she has ever laid eyes upon. The challenge of writing Sarahs story was to show how, gradually, she is able to reach below Anthonys perfect surface and connect with the troubled man who lives beneath.
The second point of view belongs to Anthony. When he inherits the title at the beginning of the book, he finds that his estate is bankrupt. His solution is to marry for money, but in Sarah he finds much more than a convenient wife. As the novel progresses, Anthony discovers, to his wonder, that in Sarah he has found a soul mate.
The third point of view belongs to Maxwell Scott, who is Anthonys private secretary and the demon of discord in the novel. For reasons of his own, Max is determined that the marriage between his employer and Sarah will not succeed. And there is little he will stop at to achieve his ends.
Essentially, this is what Golden Girl is about. The novel uses the tried-and-true romantic conventions ofthe marriage of convenience and the fatal triangle, but it uses them in a unique way.
I cant tell you any more or Ill spoil your read!
Most recently, Joan Wolf is the author of five novels
of romantic suspense set during the period of the English Regency: The Deception, The Guardian, The Arrangement, The Gamble and The Pretenders. Her newest book is a harcover for HarperCollins called
NO DARK PLACE. This is a medieval mystery which also
features a beautiful love story. Her backlist of novels from Dutton/NAL can be found listed on her web page: www.joanwolf.com. You can also e-mail Joan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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