Lady Diana Fordham has taken matters into her own hands, and fled London headed for Gretna Green. Her intended groom is a wastrel and a scoundrel, whose only interest is in her bank account. This arrangement is perfectly fine with Diana, who has grown weary of waiting for the man she loves to return to her side. After more than a decade of evading marriage, often at the expense of her own reputation, Diana is tired of keeping the hope alive that one day Temple will admit that he loves her.
The Marquis of Templeton is a bon vivant, an urbane man about town. Immensely popular with hostesses who always need a single man, he is a constant source of gossip, fashion tips and other witticisms. He is also not at all what he appears to be. And Lady Diana is one of the few people who has seen the real man behind the clever disguise. But she cannot be his, no matter how he feels. He can never subject her to his penny-pinching lifestyle or to the dangers of his true vocation. When Diana’s flight embroils her in an international incident, and she is placed in mortal danger, Temple is compelled to save her.
Stealing the Bride is a wonderful romp through the halls and hills of England. There is plenty of sharp wit, escalating passions and danger. Readers will fall in love with the heroic Temple, and there is plenty to admire in feisty Diana. They are both somewhat larger than life. The novel is wonderfully paced, with no lack of drama or humor. The secondary characters are equally engaging and fit well with the main characters.