by Caroline Clemmons

January 2003
ISBN: 0-8217-7443-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Drake Kincard must catch a bride before his thirtieth birthday or he will lose his ranch to his uncle, according to his parents' will. Although his cousin, Lex Tremount, is a lawyer and his grandfather, Rob Kincard, is a judge, they are no big help on this matter. What Rob suggests Drake to do is to find a woman and get married during his trip to Pipers Hollow. Drake is not happy with his situation and vows he will marry the most unsuitable virgin he ever finds.

Upon their arrival at Pipers Hollow, Drake and Lex meet Pearl Parker, who is being bullied by three men. Pearl is not like any woman that Drake has ever met. She doesn't back away from the bullies and fries a gun at the men. She is also independent, bossy, good at baking, healing and takes care of anyone who needs help. She has a half sister and a half brother. Her grandmother died not long ago and everyone, except the sheriff, tries to get rid of her and separate her family. Pearl decides to leave town with her family as soon as she can.

The Sheriff, Evan Cummins, of Pipers Hollow is an old friend of Drake's grandfather and they stop by to visit him. Evan is ill and Lex and Drake bring him to Pearl for treatment. When Evan relates Pearl's situation to Drake, he talks to Pearl privately and asks her to marry him. A marriage of convenience seems perfect to solve their purposes but trouble follow Pearl wherever she goes... and endangers her life.

The Most Unsuitable Wife is the first of Ms Clemmon's Kincaid series. The story is well plotted with an unforgettable heroine and a protective hero. Pearl Parker is a wonderful woman who is most admirable and respectable. She dedicates her life in helping and healing people without any reward. Her marriage to Drake seems to be a marriage of convenience but she seems to be the perfect woman for him after all. Drake Kincard wants a wife in order to keep his ranch - but after he marries Pearl, he is not able to leave her as he plans and he cannot but love this special woman.

I surely look forward to seeing what will happen to Sarah and Storm, Pearl's half sister and brother in the upcoming Kincaid books, The Most Unsuitable Husband and The Most Unsuitable Love.

Reviewed in February 2003 by Rose.

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