by Elizabeth Boyle

February 2005
ISBN: 0-06-054931-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

Alexander Denford, Baron Sedgwick, is tired of the hunt, especially since he is the one being hunted. His rich estate and noble lineage have insured that his name is on the lips of every matchmaking mother with a debutante in tow. When his best friend offers up a solution in jest, Alexander has found the answer. He cannot be hounded if he is married, so he creates the perfect wife - Emmaline - who has a frail constitution and never ventures into London. It is the perfect setup. He can carry on unimpeded with his business, while completely out of the Marriage Mart.

When he retreats to Sedgwick Abbey for the summer - Emmaline remains in town, too ill for the trip - and he is looking forward to a few months in the country. Then it happens. Unexpected invoices from London merchants, bills for new furnishings, clothing, and mentions of Lady S in the London papers. An imposter is posing as his beloved Emmaline!

Posing as Lady Sedgwick to gain entree into a special card game, “Emmaline” never plans on making things permanent. Besides, the Baron must be stuffy and humorless if he has to invent a wife. She only needs two weeks and she will be gone before he ever notices. She really is doing him a favor by redecorating the mausoleum he is living in, and once he sees how beautiful it is, he won’t quibble over the expense. What she really regrets is fooling Sedgwick’s loyal staff, who have opened their hearts to the young “bride.”

Author Elizabeth Boyle has written an outstanding novel about outrageous behavior. Something About Emmaline captures your attention immediately and readers chuckle their way through this sparkling, witty tale. The character development is quite deep and the pace is perfect. The twists in this book will leave readers dizzy by the final chapter, but one thing is clear - Alexander and “Emmaline” are a perfect match!

Reviewed in January 2005 by Paula.

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