by Cynthia Pratt

February 2004
ISBN: 0-8217-7635-5
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Miss Maris Lindel finds herself in a very sticky situation. Having been found in a compromising position with Lord Kenton Danesby, the only option is for them to wed. Although Maris has loved Kenton since she was a young girl, they are neighbors; she cannot let him sacrifice himself for her, especially when he doesn’t love her.

Lord Kenton Danesby is being a gentleman in offering for Miss Lindel. Although he has known of her for several years and they are neighbors, he has never really noticed her…that is until she walks into his bedchamber at a house party, thinking it is her room. With most of the ton watching, he has no choice than to offer his name for protection. But why was she refusing him? That’s the question!

Ms. Pratt brings us a wonderful tale of secret love, scandals and very enterprising mamas, who will do anything to land their daughters a big prize for a husband. Miss Lindel’s Love is very sweet, the sexual tension is minimal and the characters are very well written. The only complaint that I had about this book has nothing to do with the author, per se, but the publisher. The back cover states, and I quote, “When lively Maris Lindel finds her tendre for next-door neighbor Lord Kenton Danesby gently rebuffed, she’s put out…” My problem is this, Miss Lindel’s tendre is NOT rebuffed…in fact, it is SHE who turns down Kenton’s proposal of marriage. AND…she DOES NOT return home after the season to “nurse a bruised heart”. I realize that the publisher’s need to put on a good teaser for readers, so that they will be drawn in to buy the book. But, when that teaser isn’t even what the plot is about, it’s disappointing when you read the cover and expect something to happen, and it never does.

Reviewed in March 2004 by Debbie.

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