by Mary Balogh

May 2009
ISBN: 978-0-440-24424-0
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Mass Market Paperback

Of all the rotten luck! Margaret Huxtable has really misstepped this time! Unwilling to give Crispin Dew the satisfaction of seeing her still unmarried, she has mentioned a secret engagement. Unfortunately, the gentleman who has thrice proposed has gone on to another, and her fall-back strategy is utterly ruined. How on earth will she be able to salvage this mess?

Desperation is the only reason Duncan Pennethorne has arrived back in London after five years of exile. Caught up in a sensational scandal, he stands to lose everything if he does not wed within two weeks. The ton has a very long memory, and he cannot imagine that his reputation will be any kind of asset in his search for a bride until an eligible lady plows right into him at the Tindell ball.

Author Mary Belogh continues to delight her readers with the escapades of the unconventional Huxtable family. Margaret, the eldest, has sacrificed the most for her siblings, but longs for a family of her own. Major Dew broke her heart when he wed in Spain. It would not do for him to think that she still harbored feelings for him, but her would-be rescuer is beyond the pale. His outrageous scheme will do nothing but cause her more heartache. Should she go along with his plan?

It is the mark of a skillful writer when characters start off as unsympathetic, yet manage to win over the reader as the story unfolds. Thus has been the case with the three grooms in this series. Each one had something in their past that caused them to act in an unpleasant way, yet ladies and readers manage to fall in love with them just the same. There is plenty of wit in At Last Comes Love, but it is a necessary counterpoint to the abundance of strong emotion. I cannot wait to read Stephen's story!

Reviewed in April 2009 by Paula.

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