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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Classic Regency romance with a dash of suspense . . .
Beautiful Miss Penelope Swinton wants to live out her life as a spinster in her beloved Northamptonshire, but with an ailing father and an entailed estate, she must come to London and enter the Marriage Mart. And if she must marry, she is determined to marry for love.
In a brief respite from the social whirl of the season, she retreats from the restrictions of the ton to sketch in the park and stumbles over a French spy. When Penelope finds her life in danger, Viscount Beau Wellingham steps up to protect her. However, he has secrets of his own. Wellingham leads a clandestine life as an agent for the Foreign Office trapping spies. In defending her life, he unwittingly puts her reputation at risk.
In order to save Penelope from society’s scorn, Beau presses for a betrothal. Though she resists, he insists. Soon Beau is unable to deny the attraction he feels towards her. Before he can act on his feelings, danger rises again. This time, his life is on the line.
With a desperate spy closing in, Penelope must choose the safety of what she has always known or a chance for love. But will she be too late?
I really liked this one. A delightful Regency romance with a thread of danger to keep things exciting and some swoon worthy kisses! :) You'll definitely want to read this one for yourself!
Miss Penelope Swinton may be a little naive when it comes to the ton, but she is also smart, a quick learner, and a delight to be around. When circumstances force her into the path of Viscount Beau Wellingham, he soon finds himself falling under her spell. But will those same circumstances and a death cause Miss Penelope to consider letting society think what it may and run back to the country or will she determine to stick to the course of a possibly loveless marriage?
I liked both Beau and Penelope's characters. In contrast to his dandified appearance, Beau is a smart, kind, and honorable man. Once he realizes that by saving Penelope's life in the way that it happened meant he has compromised her reputation, he immediately proposes marriage to save her. I liked the way he treats her and how quickly he realizes that she is worth pursuing. The only thing I didn't like about this story was the way Beau takes care of the dangerous men he's pursuing. I was a little startled by the way he takes care of them with little recourse for other options. Not wanting to give anything away, I'll leave it for you to see what I mean when you read it for yourself.
*Thanks to Min Reads and Reviews and the author for a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*
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Nine of her novels are Regency romances, compared by critics to the witty novels of Georgette Heyer. Other genres she writes in include Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction, and Suspense.
GG graduated from Stanford and received her master’s degree from George Washington University. She worked as an associate editor at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, an assistant treasurer in the Harvard Treasurer’s office, a bond analyst at Fidelity Investments, and an international banker for Continental Illinois National Bank (later acquired by Bank of America).
She and her husband David are the parents of three children and six grandchildren, her greatest joys in life. Her favorite novel? Jane Eyre. She also loves Florence, Sundance Resort, The Voice, hot chocolate, lilacs, and dachshunds.
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