by Julie Beard

June 2000
ISBN: 0-425-17481-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Mass Market Paperback

Julie Beard is one of the most respected and loved writer’s in the genre that is ROMANCE. Her stories are very romantic and sensual, and make you wish that you were a character in the story!

It is a week before her 25th birthday and Miss Caroline Wainwright still has not found a husband. If she doesn’t marry by her birthday, she will lose her precious home; Fallingate, her inheritance, her very life! What’s a girl to do when every suitor who comes to court her is scared away by Lord Barrett Hamitlon, her 300-year-old resident ghost? She recruits the help of her father’s best friend, Uncle Teddy and he searches about to find a suitable man whom he can manage to pull off as a member of the ton. Where to find a man of this ilk, why the jail of course!

Enter Lucas Davin, a thief from one of London’s most notorious cutpurse gangs. He’s in the local jail for stealing a horse when Uncle Teddy finds him, gains his release, and talks him into conducting an ‘experiment’, to change a common thief into ‘quality’, and if they don’t pull it off, all that Caroline loves will go to her greedy brother and sister-in-law. Lucas’ training comes fast and sure, he takes to being a gentleman like he was born to it. Too fast for Caroline’s senses, she comes to believe that her ghost has possessed Lucas into becoming the ‘lord’ they need him to be.

Can they all pull off the charade in time to convince; without a doubt, that Caroline’s and Lucas’ marriage is what it seems, a match made of equal rank in the ton’s eyes, or will they fail and lose everything, including themselves?

I loved this story. It was fun and fast paced. The characters were believable and added to the plot, without taking anything away. I like when there is a little mystery to a love story, and this has one, but I’m not going to tell what it is…let’s just say that the ghost of Lord Barrett Hamilton, has a few trick’s up his sleeve that you’ll find endearing!

Anything with Julie Beard on the cover is worth reading. Her style flows, and it’s hard to put one of her books down. This one is a definite keeper!

Happy reading!!

Reviewed in March 2002 by Debbie.

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