by Anne Gracie

October 2010
ISBN: 978-0-425-23382-5
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Mass Market Paperback

When his horse slipped in the mud, Nash Renfrew took a terrible fall, smashing his head against a stone wall. When he came to, he was resting rather uncomfortably in a small cottage. His ankle was injured and his memory of the incident and his identity had disappeared. A young woman and several young children had apparently come to his aid.

The handsome diplomat was in England for a rare visit, and was traveling to an estate left to him by his Uncle Jasper. He could not recall who he was, but retained enough of his sensibilities to know that this family had gone to some lengths to make sure he was safe, dry and recovering. The young woman, Maddy, was charming in a rustic sort of way, yet her manner of speech bespoke a more genteel upbringing. He wondered how she came to live in these conditions, raising her five younger siblings.

Maddy had seen the rider’s horse slip, and had prayed he was not dead. Although getting him back to the cottage had been difficult, she had managed, and was relieved when he awoke. She was certain that his loss of memory was only temporary, and believed that he would soon remember who he was and where he had been headed. If only she could make sure that the villagers did not know she had a man living under her roof. Her reputation would be ruined, and the children would bear the brunt of the village scorn.

Thus begins another of author Anne Gracie’s Devil Riders novels. There is no thunderous event, no cataclysmic force that drives The Accidental Wedding, only the purest of emotions – love. Maddy could have resented her half-siblings when she returned to England, but she immediately loved her new-found family and would do whatever necessary to keep them together. While she certainly did not love Nash when she rescued him, it did not take long for her to see his gallant qualities and kind heart, especially around the children. Nash was a much tougher nut to crack, and Ms. Gracie certainly had her hands full with his background. But love will win in the end, and readers will sigh with pleasure as these two people discover that loving someone is not losing yourself but gaining much more.

Reviewed in September 2010 by Paula.

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