by Edith Layton

March 2003
ISBN: 0-06-050217-7
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Mass Market Paperback

Lady Annabelle is the woman London loves to gossip about. They call her vain, shallow and selfish. A flirt! Now she is getting married to a stranger. After too many rejections and no friends, marriage to Miles Croft, Viscount Pelham, seems the perfect solution. Itís to make her father happy and to escape pity and spinsterhood. Itís a marriage of convenience.

Thatís what Miles wants, too. A perfect woman to ensure his motherís reentry into polite society, his sisterís successful debut and an end to his younger brotherís aimlessness. Heís not marrying for love and itís something heís not altogether that happy about. But Annabelleís beauty, her flair and her refinement are exactly what he and his family need.

But after the disastrous wedding night - the bride seems to be more innocent than expected from a known flirt - Annabelle not only falls sick and gets worse under the care of the local doctor, but also loses her one possession, her greatest asset, her beauty, Miles and Annabelle need to take a closer look at who they are and what they want.

Annabelle is not a likable heroine when she first is introduced. She might be beautiful, but her demeanor is of a spoiled and bitter woman. Yet she does grow on you. With the help of Miles, a man that, too, needs to grow into the heroic persona the heroine and the reader canít help falling in love with. His support, his tender loving care, but also Annabelleís inner strength and courage change her and reward both of them with the well-deserved Happily Ever After.

To Wed A Stranger is an incredible story, held together by characters I learned to love and admire. The values hold dear in this story and the obvious joy and heart that went into writing this novel, make this a wonderful and very satisfying reading experience. Donít miss it!

Reviewed in June 2003 by Kris Alice.

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